Career Counseling

At Encore we recognize the importance of career counseling. 

Alumni play an important role in the recovery process. Once their own recovery has been stabilized they can help others achieve the same. They are the living embodiments of the truth that recovery is possible. Alumni have lived through active addiction and are recovering from it. Their experience provides both hope and inspiration.

Helping others suffering from the same disease tends to strengthen their resolve in turn. This is the power of the recovery community. The ultimate stage in 12-Step programs involves carrying the message of recovery to other people with addiction and alumni events are the perfect vehicle for that task. Alumni activities reduce the likelihood of relapse for people in long-term recovery and fortify the resolve of those who have just started on their recovery journey.

Encore’s Alumni Program offers alumni support through weekly meetings as well as social events that provide a fun sober community. For more information and details on Encore’s Alumni Services, please reach out to 703-596-3063.

For many people with substance use and mental health disorders, these conditions can mean losing a job or diminishing career aspirations. The damaging cycle of active addiction and the symptoms of some mental health disorders can make performing at one’s best in the workplace difficult or impossible.

Unaddressed mental health and substance use disorders can lead to unemployment or limited employment, reduced financial freedom, and debt. Unfortunately, the inability to work effectively can make the symptoms of these disorders worse.

In recovery, people not only have to learn how to abstain from drugs and alcohol, they often need to rebuild a professional career or find a new line of employment to maintain self-sufficiency and a healthy and positive lifestyle.

While some people in recovery are able to maintain gainful employment and are secure in their chosen career, many others struggle to find or retain jobs. They need all the help that they can get. Encore’s career coaches work with clients to write resumes, complete applications, practice interviewing, manage work-related stress, and evaluate career plans. With a good career coach in their corner, clients improve their chances of finding employment and regaining their career path.