Job Hunting Post-Treatment

Looking for a Job After Treatment

When you attend inpatient treatment recovery, your job will have to be put on hold as you will be residing at the treatment facility for the duration of your treatment. When you get out of your treatment program, which may be 30-days to 90-days in length, you will be on the hunt for a job. This can be an overwhelming time in your life as it will be full of transitions. Having patience and perseverance is imperative during this time as you must stay optimistic even when things don’t happen instantaneously.

Finding a job will come with a certain amount of stress but the best thing to do is stay confident and know that everything will work out just fine. Let’s take a look at some tips to remember when locating a job post-treatment

  • Remove Negative Thoughts

If you go into your search with the mentality that you will not get a job then you will not get the job. Positive thinking equals positive results. You must maintain a positive outlook in order to render positive results. Switching your negative thoughts into positive ones will have an impact on your ability to land a job.

  • Know Your Challenges

It’s important to know exactly what sort of challenges you may be faced with when you re-enter the workforce and, better yet, the specific job that you are applying to. Knowing this will better prepare you for what’s ahead. By identifying the objectives of the job and breaking it down, you will have a better idea of what to expect as well as being more prepared for whatever comes your way. Think ‘divide and conquer’; break the job down into smaller more manageable sections and find out how you will conquer each section.

  • Understand That There Will be Setbacks

The process of getting your life back on track is one that doesn’t come easily. There will be hurdles and obstacles to overcome and this is simply the process of starting a new, sober life. Don’t allow these setbacks to hinder your optimism in landing a job, keep in persevering and everything will fall into place.

Overcoming Intimidation

When you first re-enter the workforce, you may feel intimidated or uneasy and these feelings are completely normal. Overcoming these feelings will ensure a smooth transition back into the workforce. Countless recovering addicts have flourished in their careers post-treatment because they were dedicated to making the best life for themselves. Once you overcome your addiction you will have a newfound confidence in yourself to achieve any sort of goal that you set for yourself. Your addiction no longer controls your life as it once did which gives you the opportunity to truly work toward your goals. Set high expectations for yourself and work toward attaining them; this will ensure that you always have a goal to reach and will allow you to continue to work hard each and every day.

If you or someone close to you is in remission from addiction, make sure that you offer endless encouragement during this transitional time. Having proper support available during this time is essential to getting the individual back on their feet.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.