Finding a Job After Addiction | Banyan Mass

Finding a Job After Addiction

finding a job after rehab

After completing an alcohol and drug treatment program, it’s time to get back into the swing of things while sticking to sobriety.

For some patients, this means heading back to school. For others, it’s time to find your first job in recovery. Finding a job after rehab doesn’t have to be tough, we share tips on finding jobs for former addicts.

Finding a Job When Newly Sober

Depending on whether or not your active addiction resulted in a criminal record, there are different types of jobs you’ll be able to apply for after completing treatment. Even if you have a record, there are programs to help addicts find jobs, and these programs can connect you with opportunities for work. Here are some tips on finding your first job in recovery:

  • Focus on your bright future when discussing your work experience
  • Join an alumni program for support, tips, and even job references
  • Look for new accreditations or certifications to refresh your education
  • Start small, you don’t have to aim for CEO right after rehab
  • Choose a different career path from before, one that supports your sobriety

How to Explain Gaps on Your Resume

When you’re part of an inpatient program for drug and alcohol treatment in Massachusetts, there may be a gap in your resume during the time you were in treatment. In many instances, employers won’t ask about this gap. But if they do, there are a few options you can use to explain the treatment-related gap in your resume:

  • If you feel it will go over well, be honest about your recovery
  • Attribute the absence to a family emergency
  • Explain the absence through other work, such as freelancing, but you need the work to back this up

Getting a job after recovery is not impossible. There are many programs that help addicts find jobs, and our alumni program can connect you with other newly sober people who have found jobs post-treatment.

Call our drug treatment center today at 888-280-4763 for more tips and guidance on your recovery journey.


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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.