When you put your addiction behind you and enter recovery, one of the first things you are likely to do is look for a job.
Although it may be challenging to find a position, especially if your work history is sporadic, it is possible.
If you are unsure of where you should focus your search, here are several fields of work and jobs for recovering addicts that you may find helpful.
Look for Jobs That Allow You to Work with Your Hands
Keeping busy is a crucial component of recovery, so finding a job where you are constantly working with your hands will likely keep you busy. For example:
- Lawn Care/ Landscaping: If you enjoy working outdoors and are looking for a job that allows you to get plenty of exercise, working as a landscaper may be the perfect option. Whether you end up cutting grass, planting flowers, pulling weeds, or any of the other tasks you may be responsible for, you will stay busy and you are almost certain to be so tired when you get home that you have no desire to go out, where you might run into potential triggers. Find some reliable tools to help get started, and go door to door and ask for business. Most doors will be closed, but you only need one to get started. Click here to check out some good pole saws that you can use to start a limb cutting business. A pole saw is not something that most people have in their garage, so it will be an easy sell for someone needing limbs trimmed back.
- Woodworking: If you are a bit creative and like the idea of creating things, woodworking may be a great option. From cabinetmaking to carving sculptures from wood, there are several opportunities in this field. However, you will probably have to start out as an apprentice to get the experience you need to go out on your own.
Consider Starting Your Own Business
If you have a good business sense and the money needed for startup cost, you may want to consider starting your own business. Ideas to consider include:
Bounce House (Inflatables) Business:
From school festivals to church events and birthday parties, bounce houses and dry/ water slides are in high demand. While they can be expensive, you can easily make your money back renting them out for different events. Depending on the type of inflatable you have, as well as where you live, you can rent them for as little as $90 a day or as much as $500 a day. For the best prices, wait until close to the end of the summer before making your purchase(s). Some retailers will discount inflatables at that time of year. Be aware that most inflatable businesses provide delivery, set up, and pickup services. You will also have to clean the inflatable in between uses.
If you opt to open this type of business, it is also a good idea to invest in tables and chairs that you can rent out too. In most cases, where there is an inflatable, there is also a need for tables and chairs, so customers will appreciate being able to get everything they need at the same time.
Additional business ideas include a vending machine business, car detail shop, and cotton candy/ other party favors supplier.
If you are still having difficulty finding a job after exploring the suggestions discussed above, visit The Addiction Recovery Guide for a list of organizations that are specifically geared toward helping those in recovery reenter the work force.