Beating addiction isn’t something that should be taken easily. It is usually still creeping around the corner, trying to pounce on you when you least expect it. However, having a great support system and continuing your treatment via recovery programs is a great way to begin getting your life back in order. One of the hardest aspects of beating addiction is getting back into your career after the fight. Here are a few things that can make the transition back into your working life a bit easier.
Continue with Your Sober Support System
You always want to keep your sober support group on speed dial. Make sure that you can reach at least one member in that sober support group that can help you out when you start to feel the urge coming up on you. If you work in a place with people you can trust, find a friend in your work place and break the situation down for them. This way, you’ll have someone right in front of you helping you stay away from the feelings and thoughts that can lead to relapse. If you happen to be involved with an office party or something of the sort, your friend will be there to help you through it and steer you clear of anything that can prevent you from continuing on the road to recovery.
This is easier said than done a lot of the time, but you need to keep in mind what your triggers are and exactly what you’ll have to do to avoid them. If you’re hanging out in the break room and fellow coworkers are talking about heading to a bar, or a drunken night that they had a few nights ago, feel free to change the subject or simply leave. You do not have to subject yourself to that during your recovery. If you feel that you are being harassed because of your previous battle with addiction, you can always take it up with those in HR or your supervisor on a private level. Be sure to surround yourself with things and people who will not force you into a corner where you may feel trapped.
Look Out for Signs
Some of your fellow coworkers may be suffering from the affliction of alcoholism or other addiction. While everyone’s journey is different, you may know the signs and they may need someone to help them out. If you feel so inclined, make sure you approach them in a non-confrontational manner. After casual conversation (or during) be sure to mention one of the rehabilitation programs you’ve been involved with. By helping your fellow coworker, you’re also helping yourself. Aiding them towards their path of recovery could help keep the illicit substance out of the office and out of your reach. It may also help you feel more positive about your road to recovery if you can help someone else get there. It’s all about perception in this instance.
Keep a Journal
It is imperative that you keep your thoughts organized and written down. If you are at work and you have a thought or feeling about going back to your substance, write it down. After it’s been written down and when you get a moment, you should share that with someone in your sober support group. This will allow them to get into the inner workings of your thought process and help you through it. Writing things down may also give you a visual as to why you’re thinking about it and what led you there so you can refrain from that mental trigger.
Beating addiction is a big deal, and continuing on the path of recovery is just as big a deal. Most people want to get back to their lives and their careers. Following these steps can help you get back into the swing of things. Can you think of a few other ideas that will help you get back into the swing of your career after beating addiction?
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