Addiction can often affect an individual’s ability to focus on school or work and vocational or pre-vocational training programs can have a positive impact on their sobriety by helping them develop and refine vocational skills, as well as assist them in finding meaningful work to support their new, healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Numerous recovering addicts struggle to obtain and maintain gainful employment once they finish treatment. Employer rejection and a lack of marketable skills can have a negative impact on their self-esteem, and it is particularly damaging as their self-esteem might already at a low point after their time spent in active addiction.
A training program that teaches recovering addicts life and vocational skills can include:
- Many patients might not have the budgeting skills necessary to live within their means once they finish their treatment, so staff at the facility can help them by teaching them basic budgeting skills and formulating a reasonable budget they should try and stick to during treatment and after.
- Financial planning. Long-term planning is not something people trapped in active addiction often do, as addiction usually keeps them from having long-term goals and dreams. Staff at the facility can help patients formulate goals and adhere to a long-term financial plan.
- Resume writing. In order for patients to obtain gainful employment and achieve long-term career goals after treatment, the staff can help them write resumes that accurately and positively reflect their individual training, skills, and work history.
- Developing interview skills. Interviews can be nerve-wracking for anyone, but especially for individuals who are currently undergoing or have just finished addiction treatment. The staff can help teach recovering addicts interview skills to help make them feel confident and prepared to seek employment in the job market.
- Leadership and management training. Many recovering addicts have experience in the working world but also wish to get hired for more skilled positions once they finish treatment and reenter the job market. A training program can teach them leadership and management skills, so they can successfully seek upward movement in their careers.
- Etiquette training. Training programs can help patients develop common etiquette and workplace behaviors so that they are prepared to succeed in these environments.
- Developing people skills and communication in the workplace. The staff can work with patients to develop and improve their communication skills so that they can be effective and positive members of any workplace team once they finish treatment and leave the facility.