Some employers in the food industry have recently begun focusing on hiring and providing jobs to those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Workplace recovery programs provide a way for those who might have difficulty finding employment to become productive and stay occupied as they leave rehab. Many of these programs not only provide employment but also provide support as those recovering from drug addiction try to integrate into society without a coping mechanism that they used to rely on.
These jobs for recovering addicts not only provide them with a way to be productive but also provide something to occupy their free time, as well as providing support from their fellow coworkers. Workplace recovery programs, especially, can provide excellent support, as the person can be around other people who are also recovering and are facing similar struggles.
The Importance of Jobs in Recovery
Studies have shown that maintaining a job will help with relapse prevention for those who have recently recovered from an addiction. There are two views on the role of jobs in recovery from drug abuse.
One view holds that having a job is a benchmark which indicates that sobriety has been achieved, while the other view holds that having a job is a helpful part in the recovery process and may help lead to early recovery from addiction.
A job plays several important roles in promoting recovery and helping to prevent relapse:
- Increased productivity: A job encourages productivity, which has a positive psychological effect, providing both purpose and achievement. Productivity also produces a more tangible effect: a regular wage.
- Financial gain: The financial rewards of a job can provide an incentive to stay sober, as sobriety is typically required to maintain employment.
- Time well spent: Employment also provides something that occupies a substantial amount of time. One of the reasons that people experience relapse is because they have unoccupied time, where they are freer to think about substance use and their cravings and have more time to act on these cravings. Regular work will occupy their time and help to reduce this risk of relapse.
- A social circle: Another benefit to employment is that it creates a social circle, increasing the number of relationships and strengthening the social support group. This is especially true in jobs with a workplace recovery program where some fellow employees have similar backgrounds.
New Opportunities for Recovering Addicts
New workplace recovery opportunities are becoming available for those who are in recovery. Some of these new opportunities are at companies like:
Appalachian Food Enterprise
Located in South Charleston, West Virginia, Appalachian Food Enterprise is a farm-to-table food program includes a cafe, farm and catering service, and provides work opportunities both in the agricultural and service industries. This program is designed to help those coming out of prison or recovering from addiction and is well funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Recently started by a recovering alcoholic, DV8 Kitchen focuses on employing those who are recovering from addiction and using the talents of these individuals to provide high-quality food for their customers. Employees are required to live in sober living housing, and they are provided with extra time to meet the appointments and therapy recommended during their recovery.
FoodScience Corp. is another player in the food industry that is focusing on hiring those who are in addiction recovery. This Vermont-based company researches and produces food supplements that help people and animals to live healthier lives. FoodScience Corp. provides a second chance for those recovering from addiction and helps hold them accountable during the recovery process.
Achieving recovery from addiction is possible, and many people have recovered from addiction and regained meaningful lives without being dependent on addictive substances. If you or a loved one struggle with a substance use disorder, help is available. Reach out to one of the understanding team members at The Recovery Village to learn how to start your recovery today.
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