Supporting Your Sobriety
Going from addict or alcoholic to an upstanding, responsible citizen is a big leap for those of us who have pulled ourselves from the depths of addiction. Now that we’re not scouring the house for lost money and change to go get a fix, it’s time we scour local businesses so we can earn a paycheck.
Getting a job can be scary. Not only can the process feel intimidating, but we may also be experiencing a little fear of rejection if we don’t get what we’re asking for. Don’t worry, these are normal feelings, and we all have them. Think of the whole process as practice, and don’t take anything personally. It’s just business, so don’t take whatever happens personally or as a slight against you.
Keep The Following in Mind
- Be Prepared – Do your research on the company to which you are applying. For instance, if you’re applying to a large coffee shop chain, know where the company started, who the CEO is, and their best-selling java. You should also know a little bit about the position you’re applying for, so that you won’t be caught off-guard when asked why you should get the job.
- Update Your Resume – It’s very common for addicts and alcoholics to have gaps on their resume. It’s the nature of the beast, so don’t feel bad about it. You don’t need to tell your potential employer that you’re an addict or alcoholic, and you’ve been hanging out in a back alley for the last 2 years. Rather, put emphasis on your skills and attributes. If asked about the gaps, you don’t need to go into every detail. You can say you were dealing with a medical condition that has been treated. Don’t forget, addiction is a disease.
- Don’t Lie About Your Criminal History – If you have one, don’t leave it off a background check. They will find it regardless, and it’s always better to have heard it from you than from the company conducting the check. They may or may not hire you, and this is out of your hands. Just be honest.
- Dress the Part – Research the company culture, and dress accordingly. It’s always better to overdress than underdress, so just do your best. Keep in mind that you want to make a good first impression.
- Smile – The act of smiling puts others at ease. It’s human nature to be drawn to people who smile. Just breathe, smile, and be yourself. If you don’t get the job, the interview was good practice for the next, and leave any negative feelings at the door.
If you are struggling with your addiction, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. You can have a life you never thought possible, if you ask for help. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. You can have a home, job, partner—anything you want, if you just get sober. Recovery is possible. Call today.