Tough economic times can make it even harder to fight an addiction which in turn can have a huge impact on your search for a job. There are real barriers to people with addiction problems getting back into the work force, some of that has to do with the perceived implications of addiction. There are a whole range of addictions across all ages, some because of forced economic situations, some due to hereditary factors, and also some due to social situations. People who lose structure in their lives, have a tougher time combating their addictions. The loss of a job or the inability to land one can make things even worse.


Here are some useful tips to help you deal with addiction during job hunting.

  1. Courage – It takes courage and strength to face up to any type of addiction, whether it’s an addiction to prescription drugs, substance abuse, nicotine, alcohol, gambling, self-injury, eating disorders, etc.. But no matter how bad the addiction is or how powerless you feel, there is hope and help available. Don’t give up, even if you’ve tried and haven’t succeeded. You don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom; you can make a change at any time. Recovery is a process, and there’s bound to be some bumps in the road. But you can overcome your addiction by learning how to cope in ways that are constructive rather than destructive to yourself and others.
  2. Acceptance – Taking responsibility for where you are right now, where you want to go, what job you would like, and the type of happiness you want with family and friends. Unless you have acceptance of your addiction and the damage caused to you and your family none of the above will happen. Acceptance does not come easy and this is why it would be important for you to attend meetings where you will find fellow addicts who have the same addictions as you. Such meetings provide a forum for open non-judgemental dialogue and fellowship.
  3. Cravings – For many individuals coping with urges is a problem.  Urges can be uncomfortable but they are not unbearable. Although during the initial days or weeks of abstinence or moderation, especially after a long period of daily addictive behaviour, you may experience many urges of strong and even increasing intensity. Recovering addicts of all types report that urges eventually peak in frequency, intensity, and duration, and then gradually, with occasional flare-ups, fade away. How long it will take for urges to peak, and how rapidly they will subside, depends on many factors, including the specific addiction, the length of the addiction, and the strength of the developing alternative lifestyle. It is normal for any addict to experience urges. What is within your control, however, is how you respond to the urge/craving.
  4. Change – Change is the foundation of successful recovery without change old habits reappear and these same old habits lead back into the addictive behaviour. Recovery is about change, all of which is based on one step at a time, one day at a time in every aspect of your life .Your approach to job hunting should therefore be Calm Assured and Positive – THE NEW YOU.
  5. Honesty – In all your dealings be honest with yourself, with your potential workplace and your family. Honesty in job hunting is critical, never  overstate your  credentials 
  6. Awareness – If you are not aware of your actions, then your personal hygiene, time keeping, language, temperament will be affected. In turn making applying for any job and attending a job interview even harder.
  7. Team player – At the interview stage if you’re seen as a solo player and not a team orientated the interviewer may not be impressed. In turn, reducing your chances of employment. The later stages of addiction have a profound affect on the individual to be part of a team. Isolation becomes common place. In turn, this leads to a breakdown of standard social skills, interest in normal daily activities which in turn can lead to depression, lack of self-esteem and confidence.
  8. Commitment – The new you deserve a new life, a new job, and a new type of happiness. With this new found strength you will be able to face the daunting challenge of job hunting. You will be able to prepare your CV. You will be able to accept objective criticism. You will be able to develop confidence in an interview situation. You will be able to ask the right questions because of the new found strength.
  9. Act Now – It is now down to you to deal with your addiction so that the prospect of job hunting can become easier for you. No doubt it will be hard at the start, you may encounter problems with maintaining motivation, coping with urges, developing a lifestyle of positive action. With practice and good coaching, and a continued focus on the benefits, you can learn the skills necessary to solve these problems, even if at times your progress is not smooth or continuous. In this way, you can move forward to new and greater pleasures and benefits in life, rather than being stuck in repetitive and harmful behaviour patterns.


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