Addicts help addicts, bottom line.
Addicts finish rehab, keep connected to a fellowship, keep choosing sobriety each day, and then some fully adopt the mentality of paying it forward by seeking drug and alcohol employment.
There are outstanding counselors in the field of substance abuse treatment who are recovering addicts themselves.
Did you watch Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew? Bob, the guy with the long hair who usually wore unique glasses and hats, has many years of sobriety, but he used to live the addict lifestyle, almost to the point of death. When he got to a good point in his recovery, he looked for drug and alcohol employment and eventually worked with Dr. Drew.
Bob clearly connected well with several of the clients on the various seasons of the show. Is it because he has been in the clients’ shoes before? Is it because he meets the client where he or she is at and helps them with whatever they need at that moment? Is it both? He is a good counselor who is also making the tough decision to stay sober another day.
Have you ever thought about drug and alcohol employment? Can you see yourself using your own life experiences and knowledge to assist addicts and alcoholics learn how to make changes? You would be helping people make choices that steer their lives in a completely different direction. You could be showing clients a healthier way of living possibly for the first time in their lives.
When you work with recovering addicts and alcoholics, you can form connections like Bob did with the clients on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. These people will seek advice from you, will (eventually) experience a sense of relief when you show up for them day after day, and will also test you and the dedication you appear to show.
If you think your passion can be to help others the way your counselor helped you, or even in a way you wish you had been helped, then working in an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab facility may just be for you.
Your patience will be tested and you may feel beat up at the end of some work days, but the sense of fulfillment is priceless and makes all the work worthwhile.
If you are ready to make a real difference in the lives of others though and to stay paying it forward in a whole new way, look into drug and alcohol employment! Addicts and alcoholics will thank you.