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All across this country in small towns, rural areas and cities, alcoholism and drug abuse are destroying the lives of men, women and their families. Where to turn for help? What to do when friends, dignity and perhaps employment are lost?

The answer is Palm Partners Recovery Center. It’s a proven path to getting sober and staying sober.

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Recovery Question: How can I get a job in the treatment industry?

Recovery Question: How can I get a job in the treatment industry?

Author: Justin Mckibben

One of the most incredible experiences I have been blessed to have in recovery is to work in the treatment industry. Working in the field of addiction treatment offers so many different variations of opportunity for all types of talents, from work with admission of new clients, to behavioral health professionals, and even the most effective therapists are often in recovery. Even a humble journalist who writes amazing and inspirational blogs while helping to spread the word of recovery and treatment can be someone who maintains sobriety. So many people want to know, how can I get a job in the treatment industry?

Identify the Position

One thing that is important to get started is to figure out which type of work you would like to do in the field of drug and alcohol treatment. Some people are more suited and more interested in positions that don’t deal too intimately with clients, and are more focused on the development of treatment and the technical side of helping develop and refine treatment strategies or administrative methods.

Other people want to work a little more hands on with individuals. I know initially I wanted to work directly with clients as a behavioral health technician in order to make more frequent personal communication with clients and try and be of service to people who have not yet been given a chance to see what recovery is like, because people did it for me and it inspired me to stay sober.

Whatever it is you want to do, make sure to identify your goal in a position and make sure that it is what you want before pursuing it.

Cultivate Your Contribution

In recovery we are taught that our new purpose is to be of maximum use to others. So to better be of service someone looking for a job in addiction treatment should be sure to cultivate their contribution by learning as much as possible about what they can bring to the table for the position they are looking for.

Speaking with professionals and trying to learn more about the position and the training is a great way to get ahead of the game. Once you are aware of the type of contribution you’re expected to make in the job you are looking for, be sure to do your homework. If it is a position that requires schooling, see if there are entry level positions available while you take the necessary classes.

Staying clean and sober is a requirement for people in recovery to get work in the field, because you have to have some time to develop your own program before you can have any productive input on someone else’s who has just arrived to recovery.

Stay Accountable

Accountability is so important in recovery, and you absolutely have to be an accountable individual in order to work in the drug and alcohol addiction treatment industry, because continued sobriety must be nurtured and promoted, because the best way to work with other addicts or alcoholics is to lead by example and empower them with successes and being dependable.

Also showing your ability to stay active and in touch with the right group of sober and positive people will help you out a lot when looking for work in treatment. When you are active in the recovery community and stay in contact with therapists or administrators you can consistently show you are reliable and ambitious about becoming part of the recovery work-force.

Also being active and accountable in whatever positions you hold while working towards this goal is very important. Any respectable job will want to see that you are able to stay on task, put forth a solid effort and be passionate about what you do. Also, seeking a position at the treatment center you attended may put you at an advantage depending on the company because you are familiar with the philosophy of that entity enough to understand and uphold their system.

Practice Your Principles

Make sure to keep growing and striving for the goal, and to practice your principles of sobriety openly and honestly. If you want to get work in the treatment industry and you’re in recovery it is vital that you stay on top of your own recovery, and again lead by example.

When practicing your principles whether you are training, interviewing or applying for work in treatment is important in order to communicate and express your talents and abilities in the position you’re seeking out. In recovery it is important not to set expectations, but be prepared to set the bar for yourself high so that you can provide a quality version of yourself to apply toward whatever you would do for a treatment facility.

While staying in contact and staying accountable to those who work at the treatment facility, let them see how you carry yourself as a sober individual, and emphasize your passion for these principles that have given you this new life of sobriety. One way or the other your actions will always speak volumes, so do not hesitate to volunteer your time to the treatment program, and apply yourself to every opportunity to show you have and learn and will teach from a personal experience.

Working in drug and alcohol addiction treatment is an amazing experience, and I was blessed enough to get a job doing what I love at a treatment center that had a huge part of saving my life. None of that would have been possible without other people in recovery who were working at Palm Partners when I was a client, and what they did to change my recovery is something I could only hope to contribute to someone else, because the disease of addiction is powerful and fatal, but thankfully we are all in this together. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135 

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

 

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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Whether you’ve been to treatment once or 20 times, we all know the typical people who are in a treatment center. I’ve thought of the 11 types of people in every treatment center.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center…

1. The know-it-all (the person you can’t tell anything to, they know everything)

This is the person who thinks they know everything there is to know about recovery and how to stay sober. If you give them your input, they most likely are just going to turn it down – because they know much more than you do.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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2. The season veteran (the person who has been through treatment many times)

They regularly go treatment, maybe once or twice a year. The people in the treatment center probably know them or know people who know them. They go in and out of rehab like it’s no big deal. They are usually referred to as chronic relapsers.

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3. The escape artist (constantly plotting ways to escape from treatment)

You know that one who is always planning a way to escape and run away from treatment? Someone should let this person know that they can just walk out if they want to leave. Nonetheless, they still escape and come back again.

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4. The person who hogs the pain box (aka phone)

In treatment, we refer to the phone as the pain box. It’s called that because we always end up calling our loved ones and pouring tons of tears and emotion into the phone; sometimes even trying to start making amends. This person is very selfish with the phone privileges and never gives anyone a turn on the phone.

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5. The doc/shrink (the person who thinks they’re a therapist)

The person who has done their research and is convinced that they know all about the disease of addiction. They try to act like a doctor or therapist and even correct the therapists during group therapy sessions. Eventually we all learn that knowledge means nothing in recovery.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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6. The emotional junkie (crying and wanting to talk about emotions, ALL. THE. TIME.)

The guy or girl who is always crying or wanting to be the one who shares their feelings and emotions during every group or even just while hanging out around the clients. Some of us can’t stop crying when we get sober, for others it might take a while before we can feel and cry again.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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7. The recluse (the person who doesn’t want to talk to anyone, keeps to themselves)

This is the one who never wants to share during any groups and doesn’t really want to be involved at all. They may be shy or uncomfortable, or just unwilling to let people get to know them and actually give this recovery thing a shot – only time will tell.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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8. The biggest turn-around (this is the one everyone thinks is going to relapse instantly, and does a complete 180)

We all know the person who comes in and everyone is sure they’re going to relapse and not stay sober. But then, they prove us all wrong and end up being the biggest turn-around and success out of everyone in the treatment center.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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9. The person who is only there to dry out (just trying to get their family off of their back)

A lot of us have been this person before; the one who is really only there to get their family off their back and clean up house. They’re merely in treatment to dry out and get a little clean time so they can go back to their everyday life and possibly using drugs and alcohol again.

The 11 Types of People in Every Treatment Center

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10. The princess/prince who isn’t impressed (thinks the accommodations could be better, was expecting to be treated like royalty)

The princess/prince is the person who comes into treatment fully expecting it to be like a vacation/spa. They’re extremely disappointed with any responsibility they have to take on and were under the impression that this was going to be all about going to the beach and getting tan; poor knave.

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11. The virgin (first-time rehab goers)

Anyone who has been to treatment has been this person. It’s their first time in rehab and they have no idea what’s going on or what to expect. They may not have ever even heard of treatment and meetings and recovery before. Remember, just because you are a virgin to treatment and this is your first time, doesn’t mean it can’t be your last.

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If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

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