For anyone with an addiction, a demanding job can make getting help a challenge. Many folks will say that he or she cannot take the time to get help because it will impact their work.  It is quite normal for people to have these thoughts. But to continue an addiction without getting help will surely affect your job!  So, although balancing work and recovery is not always easy, it surely can be accomplished.

Certain employment situations can make recovery and treatment difficult.  Some jobs lend themselves to recovery more than others and some do not.  Think of the food and beverage industry or a job where the company credit card or cash is readily available.  This can facilitate using.  Sometimes it might be necessary to change jobs because work is not conducive to living drug, alcohol or gambling free.  But a situation like this must be a last resort. Therefore, it is often suggested that making a job change should be delayed in early recovery.

Fortunately, a company or the employee assistance program will work with the individual to get them the help they need.  In addition, if you are in a rough work situation having supportive sober people in your life can help you get through it.  In order to be successful with your sobriety balancing work and recovery is critical.  Many people find that by doing this not only does their personal life improve but so does their career.

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn

For those who struggle with taking time away from work, there are ways to manage this and get help.  For instance, some people choose an intensive outpatient program (IOP) instead of an inpatient program.  In this case, a patient will attend treatment classes at night which will teach the skills to live sober.  In addition, technology has allowed others to get help through the internet.  Williamsville Wellness has a program which is the only licensed program in the State of Virginia.  It is called is Smart IOP and it is a six to twelve-week program, which consists of group therapy through specialized video modules, individual therapy, and case management meetings.  This is all done online and meets the needs of those who work odd hours or those who live in areas where they do not have access to treatment.

For those seeking to stop an addiction, it is important to create a plan to make recovery as strong as possible. There are not always easy solutions but with some effort, it can be done.  So, remember the words of Audrey Hepburn who said the following, “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’”

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