Balancing Work and Recovery

For anyone with an addiction, a demanding job can make getting help even more of a challenge.

Many people will say that they cannot take the time to get help because it will impact their work. But what many people don’t say – or think about – is that continuing active addiction without getting help will eventually affect your job as well.

Although balancing work and recovery is not always easy, it is worth it and can indeed be accomplished.

Certain employment situations can make recovery and treatment difficult. Some jobs lend themselves to recovery more than others and some do not.

Think of the food and beverage industry or a job where the company credit card or cash is readily available. This can facilitate using.

Sometimes it might be necessary to change jobs because your line of work is not conducive to living drug, alcohol, and/or gambling free.

But a situation like this is certainly not the first resort, since a paycheck is not something to take lightly. Therefore, it is often suggested that making a job change should be delayed in early recovery.

Fortunately, many companies or employee assistance programs will work with the individual to get them the help they need.

Similarly, if accessing treatment is difficult due to work responsibilities you must tend to, online options such as our Summit Hill Wellness programs are the perfect solution to maintaining your work while working on your recovery.

In addition, if you are in a rough work situation that’s contributing to cravings, having supportive sober people in your life can help you get through it. This is why attending groups like AA/NA/GA, SMART Recovery, etc. can be a rewarding supplement to treatment.

In order to be successful with your sobriety balancing work and recovery is critical. Many people find that by doing this, not only does their personal life improve, but so does their career.

For those who struggle with taking time away from work, there are ways to manage this and get help. For instance, some people choose an intensive outpatient program (IOP) instead of an inpatient program. In this case, a patient will attend treatment classes at night which will teach the skills to live sober.

In addition, technology has allowed others to get help through the internet. Since 2013, Summit Hill Wellness has been offering online addiction treatment options, providing varying levels of intensity and flexibility. Now, we offer three online programs: Remote IOP, Remote PHP, and the smartIOP program – meaning we have a program that is the perfect solution to maintaining your career while also working on your recovery.

For those seeking to stop an addiction, it is important to create a plan to make recovery as strong as possible. There are not always easy solutions but with some effort, it can be done.  So, remember the words of Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’”

Online or In-Person, Summit Hill Wellness is here to help.

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