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 lead to 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. This might require job training or studying for an academic degree. In most cases, it means applying for a job or working one’s network to make new connections. But getting new employment or acquiring new job skills can be challenging — especially in the sometimes fragile stages of early recovery.

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 for various reasons. 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.