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Career Benefits of Recovery: How Can Treatment Help You in Your Job?

Recovery Unplugged has conducted an illuminating study on the career benefits of recovery and the professional and financial hardships people experience as a result of their prolonged and untreated alcohol and drug abuse. The results are a clear illustration of the ability of treatment and recovery to not only create physical and psychological healing; but to help people regain their dignity, personhood, professional stability and quality of life, start with their jobs and financial well-being.

The study examines the “before-and-after” of work life in addiction and recovery, shedding light on the professional difficulty people face during active substance and when trying to find employment with drug-related arrests or convictions on their record. It also provides hopeful insights on just how much career prospects and workplace fulfillment can improve after treatment and in long-term sobriety.

What Did Respondents Say about the Career Benefits of Recovery?

The Recovery Unplugged research team surveyed participants from all across the recovery community and found that:

  • 94 percent said their recovery helped their employment.
  • 61 percent said their recovery has helped them maintain their cost of living.
  • 61 percent said that recovery allowed them to continue their education to improve their employment prospects.
  • 64 percent said they were either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their jobs in recovery.
  • Nearly 82 percent said they were currently employed after treatment.

The study also found that over 26 percent of respondents said they missed five or more days per month of work during active addiction; 49 percent said their addiction put their colleagues in danger on the job; and nearly 75 percent said they were reprimanded at work because of their substance use.

Among the most telling findings was the revelation that only a little more than 30 percent of employers recommended substance use treatment when they learned there was a problem.

What Does this Mean for Employees Battling Addiction?

The study results tangibly illustrate the career benefits of recovery, and how getting help leads to improving your professional prospects and stability. It also shows employers that workers who are affected by substance use disorder can still be the vibrant, capable and committed professionals they were before they fell victim to drug or alcohol abuse. Whether you’re an employer who needs to address addiction in the workplace or a professional whose career has been derailed by substance abuse, we’re here to help you. Contact us today so we can start the healing process.


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