Recovery is a time of new beginnings. For many people, this includes rethinking past career choices to find a position that better fits their long-term recovery goals.
There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Answer When It Comes to Careers in Addiction RecoveryAt Waypoint Recovery Center, we encourage our clients to think carefully about the type of employment that fits their individual skills, talents, and personal needs. There is no single “best” career that will work for everyone.Some questions to ask yourself as you’re thinking about your professional future include:
- What types of careers interested you as a child or young adult?
- What activities do you most enjoy?
- What type of hours do you prefer to work? Are you a morning person, or do you do your best work in the evening?
- Do you enjoy working with others, or would you prefer to work independently?
- How much direction and supervision do you need to be successful in your work?
- Would you prefer to work indoors or outdoors?
- Would you prefer an office environment or a job that lets you work with your hands?
- Would you consider moving to accept a position?
- If needed, are you willing to seek out more training?
- How important is it for you to have the opportunity for career advancement?
Recovery-Related Careers to ConsiderOften, the new way of living that comes with life in recovery can inspire the desire for a meaningful career change. Some careers that are well-suited to the skills you learn in recovery include:
- Addiction counselor
- Substance abuse counselor
- Mental health counselor
- Social worker
- Peer recovery specialist
Health & Wellness Career OptionsResidential addiction treatment programs encourage clients to develop a wellness-focused lifestyle that heals the mind, body, and spirit. This commitment to healthy living can apply to many career fields that aren’t necessarily recovery related. For example:
- Health coach
- Fitness class instructor
- Personal trainer
- Health and wellness workshop facilitator
- Health and wellness writer
- Community health coordinator or nonprofit organization administrator
- Pastor, minister, or spiritual leader