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Returning to Work After Rehab

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Going back to work after rehab is one of the best ways to establish a routine.

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No matter what anyone tells you, you’re probably going to be nervous when returning to work—or starting a new job—after rehab.

That’s because you’re navigating a complex minefield of what to share with whom. And it’s a very personal decision. Addiction is a mental health issue that you’re not obligated to share with anyone. At the same time, however, there should be no shame in telling your story.

So you’ve got all of that going on, plus you’re just trying to get through each day of your new life. The truth is, it’s a lot.

Tips for Staying Strong

It would be nice if there was a magical solution to make life easier, but there isn’t.

First of all, be realistic. Every job has its challenges. There is no escaping workplace stress.

At the same time, your health must be your first priority. If your job is so stressful that it’s a risk to your recovery, it’s time to re-evaluate.

If you decide to stay in your job, this is the time to break out everything you’ve learned in rehab. Do the things that you know are good for you. Eat right. Exercise. Draw on the support of family and friends. Reach out to people who have been where you are and are willing to help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that therapy doesn’t have to end after rehab.

Above all, remember that life isn’t easy or stress-free for anyone.

Starting a New Job After Rehab

Sometimes, a routine is exactly what you need. And that’s what a job can provide.

Going to work gets you out of your own head, which gives you a break from self-doubt, worry and questioning.

Yes, work always has its challenges, especially a new job, but you’ve already proven that you can do hard things.

Remember, too, that you aren’t alone. Approximately 1 in 10 American adults struggles with addiction, so you definitely aren’t the only person at your place of employment who went down this road.

You’ve taken the steps needed to get better. So keep moving forward and, with each day, you’ll believe in yourself a little more.

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