Having a job in recovery is extremely beneficial for ongoing sobriety.

Vocational-based treatment refocuses people in recovery toward the world of work. It puts a heavy emphasis on developing the skills that will lead to employment, which helps individuals re-socialize and integrate into a sober lifestyle.

Here, we look at how vocational-based treatment works and why it’s beneficial to so many in recovery.


A large body of research touts the benefits of having a job in recovery. According to an article in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, employment helps people:

While finding employment is important, it’s also important that your job brings you satisfaction. The more satisfied you are in your job, the higher your quality of life and the greater the likelihood you’ll stay employed and even move up the ladder. Vocational-based treatment helps you reduce barriers to employment and find a position that suits you.


Addiction leaves many people unable to work or maintain employment for any length of time. In recovery, a number of barriers can make it more difficult to find a job, according to the Association for Addiction Professionals. These include:

  •  Physical or mental disabilities
  •  A lack of education and skills
  •  Unrealistic attitudes and expectations toward employment
  •  Inadequate funds to pay for clothing, transportation, child care and other job-related expenses
  •  A crisis lifestyle involving illness, violence in the community, family tragedies and family problems
  •  Learned helplessness
  •  A negative attitude toward vocational rehab, work, or disability
  •  A history of criminal activity
  •  A lack of social supports at home and in the community

A vocational-based treatment program will address these and other barriers to ensure the best possible chances of finding employment.


Vocational services in treatment strive to prepare you for a career. They help you overcome barriers to treatment, identify your strengths and interests and develop the skills you need to find and keep a job. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the overarching goal of vocational rehab is to improve an individual’s functioning in life and find a job based on his or her values, interests and goals. 3 This occurs through a variety of assessments, classes, counseling sessions and other interventions.


A high-quality, holistic vocational-based treatment program helps people end an addiction for the long-term and find their place in society and in the workforce. It helps them become confident and self-sufficient.

Addiction rehab provides you with the tools, skills, strategies and resources you need to enjoy long-term recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. Vocational rehab helps you find a job that fits your personality, strengths and values, and it can get you started on a career path that will contribute to a meaningful and fulfilling life.

The ultimate aim of vocational-based treatment is to transform your life and promote self-sufficiency, self-efficacy and an overall higher quality of life in which you don’t need drugs or alcohol to cope or enjoy yourself. Vocational-based treatment is successful for most people who fully participate in their program, and it can help you restore function, productivity and happiness to your life for the long-haul. The team at Serene Beginnings is here to help.