5 Tips for Women Finding a Job After Rehab

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So, you’ve gotten sober, you’ve participated in your own healing and exited a women’s addiction treatment center, and now it’s time to transition back into the stream of life? Stepping back into the workforce can be anxiety provoking and scary, but don’t worry girl, we’ve got your back! There are many women who have walked this path before you and here are 5 career tips they’ve shared to help you get the job! Now that you are sober the possibilities are endless. You are worthy of financial success and growth in your career. Read on to see how you can land successfully in the next part of your journey.

 

Integrity

As you step back into the workforce it is important that you choose your job wisely. Only you know your skills and abilities. Be sure to start yourself on a path that you want to be on. As a recovering woman it is important to find balance in all aspects of your life, especially your career. Despite what you may have been doing before obtaining sobriety, choose to apply for jobs that can excel your growth but won’t overwhelm you. No matter what your skill level is remember you are worthy and right where you are supposed to be. Be your own cheerleader but make sure your resume is an honest and accurate representation of who you are. There are so many opportunities available to you. Step out of fear and walk in your truth, you will be selected for the job that best fits you!

 

Boundaries

When living the recovery lifestyle we are often surrounded by a community of sober women. Depending upon the field you choose to work in, when stepping back into the work force your environment is subject to change. In an interview, and within the workplace, it is important to keep healthy boundaries to keep yourself safe and serene and your work life productive. As a recovering woman you do not have to disclose your sobriety or struggle with addiction to anyone. Your recovery is personal and can stay between you and your support system. It is important to remember that now that you are sober, you have the ability to make healthy decisions. Your voice is powerful, and you must not be afraid to use it. On the other hand, if you feel comfortable sharing your experience and feel like it would be helpful to you in obtaining the job you want or you share a bond with trusted colleagues, you are able to do so. It is illegal for any work place to discriminate against employees based on disabilities and we must remember that substance use disorders are a chronic illness. 

 

Persistence

The first step to obtaining any new job is to do research and see what jobs are open in your area. Next it is important to build a strong resume of your past experience. Be sure to highlight your strengths and make it clean and easy to understand. Resume building can be daunting and difficult, it is more than ok to ask for help from a friend, mentor, or clinician in your life. There are many helpful online articles and templates that are available for you to access as well. After submitting an application and resume we often think the work is done and it is time for us to sit back, relax, and wait on that call. Well, to your advantage the work is not quite done yet. It is important to make yourself stand out amongst other candidates. It is wise to call your Human Resources department of the job you are applying to weekly and let them know you applied, you are checking on the status of your application, and are inquiring about the possibility of being set up with an interview. Another technique that can be used to set yourself apart is to print a hard copy of your resume and application and visit the organization in which you are applying for work. Ask if the manager is available and take a few minutes to shake their hand and let them know you are interested in a job. Having a face to face interaction can keep you fresh in the mind of your future employer and shows your dedication and willingness to the job before an interview. 

 

Self-Care

In the midst of finding your career path and putting in the hard work it takes to find a job, it is important to find time for yourself, de-stress, and participate in self-care activities. If you find that seeking out employment is at the forefront of your mind every day and you are having trouble focusing on much else, it is most definitely time to decompress. In this time, it is vital to stay close to your support system and community to share your experience, struggles, and triumphs in this time. You must be your own biggest advocate and remember that your career does not define your worth. Spending time in nature, quality time with friends and loved ones, a pedicure, or a face mask are all examples of self-care activities. Do what makes you feel good. Life can be so busy and balancing a career into all of it can be demanding. You are allowed to take time and space for you and your peace of mind.

 

Dress for Success

First impressions are so important! Whether it be for an interview, or to turn in a resume in person, dress for the job you want not the job you have. Whatever the position you’re applying for, maybe it is crucial to exert and show up with the utmost professionalism. Ladies, it is recommended that you wear a blouse and slacks or a skirt. Have your hair neat and as natural as possible. Keep your style simple but elegant. Don’t be afraid to throw on a blazer and a pair of pumps! You are beautiful and you are worthy of employment. Your appearance must match the beauty and knowledge of what is inside. When seeking an interview outfit don’t be afraid to ask for help. If your closet is looking a little sparse call up a friend, go through donations, or check out your local thrift stores. You are not alone. There are people in your life rooting for your success. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and reap the rewards that come along with it. 

The Benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy For Addiction

Help from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Addiction

Addiction is a disease, and like any other chronic illness must be treated with high quality care that meets the needs of the individual. In finding a treatment provider that best meets your needs it is important to consider the different services and therapeutic modalities the program has to offer. One of the most well established and effective forms of therapy to aid in the recovery of those suffering from substance use disorders (SUDS) is dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). 

 

What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical behavioral therapy, also known as DBT, is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Its purpose is to identify and change negative thinking patterns and push for positive behavioral changes. It teaches addicts to cope with and change unhealthy behaviors. The philosophy of DBT is based on the concept that everything is composed of opposites and that change can occur when there is communication between opposing forces and helps the client to understand that change is constant and inevitable. DBT helps individuals prepare for and accept change and have the emotional bandwidth to manage new and unfamiliar situations in a healthy way. DBT therapy improves one’s distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, core mindfulness and emotional regulation

 

In DBT, the addict and therapist work on both self -acceptance and moving towards change. DBT teaches the client coping mechanisms to deal with emotions and everyday situations that otherwise might be stressful or concerning for the individual. The therapist will use validation and motivation to keep the client engaged and motivated to work towards change. DBT can occur in an individual or group setting through talk therapy, art therapy, group discussions, and experiential activities. 

 

Addiction and DBT

In regard to treating addiction DBT has been known to be extremely effective. Upon entering treatment most individuals have an extensive history of dealing with unhealthy behaviors relating but not limited to substances, behavior, attitude, eating, and self-esteem. DBT therapies help the client acknowledge the ineffectiveness of old behaviors and take a leading role in goal setting and pioneering change in their life. Within the therapeutic setting patients are shown how to recognize their positive strengths and attributes and further develop and utilize their pre-existing skill sets. DBT can help clients come to terms with their past experiences and take the necessary steps to make permanent change in the way they think and feel about themselves and their lives. Using DBT while helping clients transition effectively back into life is necessary in creating permanent change. In building self esteem while using DBT clients are more likely to believe they can achieve successes and are set up to excel in their academics, careers, and emotional relationships. DBT can be used in the long-term to aid in the recovery of substance use disorders and other mental health disorders. Once someone is finished with addiction treatment, they can continue DBT on their own with an individual therapist. 

 

Let Us Help You!

Anchored Tides Recovery provides individual and group sessions of DBT throughout all levels of care in our program. DBT is taught by our master’s level clinicians and has been a groundbreaking part of many of our client’s recovery journeys. Participating in DBT therapy in an aftercare setting has helped many of our women to find the courage to get back into schooling, the work force, and be able to relate to their families and friends in a healthy way. Utilizing DBT services has aided in the ability of our women being able to achieve long term sobriety. 

Contact us today if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, mental health, or an eating disorder! 

 

5 Ways Substance Abuse Impacts Women

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Women struggling with substance use disorders face a set of distinctive issues that must be addressed, in order to provide women with the highest chance of recovery. In past decades, most research on substance abuse focused on men. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 9.4 percent of all adult men in the US were considered to have alcohol use disorder (AUD) compared to only 4.7 percent of women. That gap is closing steadily, and we must find effective ways to treat women that can meet all of their needs. To do so we must acknowledge that women tend to have different experiences and circumstances unknown to men, that impact their decisions to use substances. In this blog Anchored Tides Recovery will discuss 5 ways that addiction impacts women specifically. By gaining insight into the struggle’s women face, you may be better equipped to change the outcome of your current situation or provide help to a loved one in need. 

Biological Factors

Men and women have different body types! According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, scientists who study substance use have discovered that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. These issues may relate to an individual’s stress, fatigue, and chronic pain; influencing their decision to use alcohol and substances as a way to self-medicate. In regards specifically to alcohol, women face natural biological differences that lead them to developing dependence on alcohol more quickly. Women tend to weigh less than men and naturally a woman’s body contains less water and more fatty tissue. While water dilutes alcohol, fat retains it, putting a woman’s organs at greater exposure. Alcohol-related problems such as brain atrophy or liver damage occur more quickly and at a greater rate in women than in men. Drinking also carries a higher risk of breast cancer in some women. In regard to stimulant use, a woman’s hormones heighten the phenomenon of craving due to changes during the menstrual cycle and hormone production. Studies suggest that estrogen impacts the brain’s dopamine “reward effects” when taking stimulants, resulting in women becoming addicted to these substances faster than men. Women are at a greater risk of physical health issues when abusing substances. 

 

Sociological Factors

Women face a unique set of issues around addiction resulting from societal pressures. These include gender specific addiction stigma, relationship dynamics, childcare responsibilities, career pressure, and weight. In today’s society women experience many demands from the beauty industry to look a certain way. Many women turn to substances to lose weight to meet a desired image. Although it is normal to experience stress within a career, many women lack the tools and skills to be able to use their voice to meet their needs within the workplace, resulting in the use of substances to alleviate stress. In relationships, women might use substances to impress men or to break stereotypes that women cannot handle the use of substances. The pressure’s women face on a daily basis from their expected role in their community may be a reason why some turn to substance use.

 

Mental Illness and Addiction

Women are strikingly more likely than men to suffer from mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The discomfort of symptoms that these illnesses cause, can lead women to using substances as a way to self-medicate. There also exists a strong connection between eating disorders and drug abuse. Women that struggle with both substance abuse and mental health disorders have what can be referred to as a “dual- diagnosis” or having a “co-occurring” disorder. The statistics of women as victims of rape and sexual assault are much higher than that of men, resulting in increased symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in those seeking treatment. 

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Motherhood and Addiction

According to a study done by Caron, the number one contributing factor to a woman’s addiction is stress or anxiety related to motherhood, with 49% of women relating to this statement. Over 30% of women were reluctant to seek treatment because they were worried about leaving their families. Raising children can be stressful and demanding. Many mothers have unique issues related to their situation such as low self-esteem, unhappy relationships, the pressure of having to do it all, and a lack of purpose. This holds true even more so for single moms with a lack of support. Many moms will turn to stimulants to keep their energy levels up. Others will use opioids and benzos to relax and unwind. If you are a mother or know of a mother that needs help, you are not alone. There is no need to be consumed in shame or fear. Mothers can recover. 

Treatment Modalities

Unfortunately, traditional addiction treatment programs were based on research of men. Only 8 percent of addiction research is about women’s needs. It is important to address economic factors, cultural issues, gender related stigma, and relationship patterns in order to find the best treatment plan and group of professionals to aid in the treatment of the woman in need. There are often economic gaps for women and treatment can be expensive. When clinically appropriate, some women may respond better to an outpatient setting where the stress of childcare and added expense of housing can be revoked. Gender specific treatment can provide women with a safe space to speak freely about their struggles and experiences without fear of judgment or backlash. Women deserve to be honored and respected throughout the treatment process and the company of empowering female role models can aid in their healing process. It is important to find a facility that will address any mental health needs and co-occurring disorders the individual might be struggling with. Trauma therapy and relationship management should be addressed as well. 

Anchored Tides Recovery For Women

Anchored Tides Recovery is a women owned addiction treatment center for women. We offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment options for women struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services & how we can help you! 

 

Works Cited

 

“Addiction Among Women.” Sunrise House, sunrisehouse.com/addiction-demographics/women/.

 “The Differences in Addiction Between Men and Women.” Addiction Center, www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/differences-men-women/.

“Disease of Addiction.” American Addiction Centers, americanaddictioncenters.org/disease-of-addiction.

Harvard Health Publishing. “Addiction in Women.” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/addiction-in-women.

Liquori, Thomas. “Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery for Mothers.” Gateway, 14 Aug. 2019, www.gatewayfoundation.org/addiction-blog/addiction-recovery-for-mothers/.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Substance Use in Women.” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/substance-use-in-women.

 

Trauma and Addiction: A Common Link

There is a significant correlation between trauma and addiction. Addiction can occur because of trauma and other mental health disorders related to trauma. In turn, those that suffer from a substance use disorder are at a higher rate of experiencing traumatic events due to engaging in high-risk behavior. Understanding how trauma increases the rate of addiction, and how unresolved trauma can negatively impact an individual’s ability to stay sober is essential to helping those on the road to recovery stay sober and prevent relapse. 

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as: any event or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as life-threatening or emotionally or physically harmful. It is important to understand that trauma is relative to the individual. What is traumatic for one person, may not be for another. Trauma can occur at any time in a person’s life. Trauma has lasting effects that affect an individual’s ability to function emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. There is a wide array of events that could be considered traumatic including but not limited to: grief and loss, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, or a natural disaster. Long term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. It is likely that many of us have experienced a traumatic event in our lives at one point or another.

Childhood Trauma and Addiction

Evidence has shown that the correlation between trauma and addiction is particularly high for adolescents struggling with PTSD. One in 4 children in the U.S experience a traumatic event before the age of 16. Studies show up to 59% of youth with PTSD, end up abusing substances. The prominent effect trauma has on a child’s adulthood can be explained by noticing that children have a lower tolerance to handling stressful situations than adults do. Children also rely on their caregivers as a source of support during hard times. If caregivers in the home are unavailable or are the source of the child experiencing neglect, abuse, or other traumatic event, family support is not an option. This leaves the child feeling hopeless and alone, eventually leading them to reach out for substances to self -medicate and alleviate the effects of being victimized at a young age. Not having the tools and resources to process traumatic events can leave people trying to handle symptoms with unhealthy behaviors. 

Women and Trauma

Research indicates that women are twice and likely to develop PTSD, experience a longer duration of symptomatology, and are more sensitive to stimuli that remind them of the trauma they have experienced. Despite the understanding that women are at a greater risk of negative consequences due to trauma, many women struggle to seek help and support. Many women feel fear and a negative stigma about asking for help and processing the events that have happened in the past. Women are at a higher rate that men of experiencing sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape. It is important to know that it is ok to ask for help. No matter what you have been through, you don’t have to go through it alone. A woman need never feel ashamed of the painful experiences she has been forced to walk through. There is help and healing available to you. 

What Can We Do?

With two thirds of all individuals struggling with a substance use disorder, having experienced some type of traumatic event in their life, it is important to understand that childhood trauma increases risk to substance use in the future. Knowing this you may be able to take preventative measures to help an adolescent in your life take a different path. Seeking counseling services and support groups for individuals having experienced trauma will provide a safe space for both boys and girls to process their experiences in a healthy, supportive and non-judgmental setting.

In regard to addiction treatment, choosing a gender specific program that offers dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders such as PTSD, is a great first step to starting the healing process. Other therapies and modalities that are known to help heal wounds from traumatic experiences include, EMDR therapy, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, and trauma informed process groups. 

We’re Here to Help

It is never too late to start the journey of recovery. There is support and services available to you. Anchored Tides Recovery wants to let you know that you no longer have to suffer in silence. Call our admissions line today to speak with a treatment admissions counselor to find the best options for you or your loved one. 

7 Things You Can Do for Your Recovery Every Day

Admitting you have a problem with addiction and seeking help are the first steps to obtaining sobriety and building a new foundation for a successful future. Regardless of what substances an individual might struggle with – addiction is a disease. And just like any other chronic illness, addiction must be treated on a regular basis. The disease of addiction can impact an individual on a biological, physiological, spiritual, and social level. Oftentimes the negative impacts of addiction affect one’s physical health, mental health, interpersonal relationships, occupational abilities, academic success, and domestic functioning. Even after an individual has completed a substance abuse program, relapse can happen. It is important to know what tools, skills, and resources you can utilize to maintain long term sobriety. Below are seven things you can incorporate into your daily routine to contribute to a healthy lifestyle of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. 

Attend a 12 Step Meeting

Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, is an international organization of peer support groups comprised of people who have struggled with alcohol and substance abuse and are working on maintaining sobriety. AA is non-professional, self-supporting, multi-racial and apolitical. There are no age or education requirements. 12 step meetings are open to any individual who is in recovery. 12 step meetings are a safe place for those in recovery to discuss their issues and concerns related to their addictions and receive support through their triumphs and difficulties. 12 step meetings are a great place to confide in like-minded individuals and build community. In active addiction many people become isolated from their friends, families, and communities; often feeling ostracized and misunderstood. 12 step meetings are a great way for an individual to seek free support while participating in normal, every-day activities such as work and family life. AA meetings are available almost everywhere and in countries around the world. 12 step meetings are held at many different times of day and every day of the week. They can be accessed virtually as well. 

Reach out to Others

When in recovery from an alcohol or substance abuse disorder, it is important to know that you are not alone. While addiction treatment programs are temporary, the support you have in continuing on with your recovery is not. Reaching out to friends, loved ones, fellow members in recovery, trusted spiritual leaders, or professionals is important to maintaining good mental health and spirituality. Combating old habits of isolation is important to avoiding relapse. By finding others, you can be honest and share your feelings on a regular basis. Connection builds self esteem and brings purpose into our lives. Knowing you are cared for and are an important part of other people’s lives is essential, and something everyone deserves. Whether it’s taking the time to go for a walk with a friend, or making a phone call to someone you trust, staying connected to others will help you stay sober.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Seeking spirituality can be an effective way of centering one’s self and alleviating stress. The practice of mindfulness is defined as bringing one’s complete attention to the experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment. A similar practice is meditation, which can be thought of as any practice that self regulates the body and mind. These practices can take shape in different forms such as: deep breathing, practicing yoga, taking a walk in nature, or simply slowing down and focusing your thoughts only on what is in the present. Those that are able to incorporate meditative practices in their daily lives are known to be able to monitor the emotions of themselves and others in an effective way. This also helps to guide the individuals thinking and actions, resulting in higher emotional intelligence. Mindfulness and meditation can improve self-efficacy and improve the individual’s health, optimism, and confidence in dealing with life events and stressors. These practices are known to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, leading to a higher chance of long-term recovery. 

Journaling

Taking the time to journal regularly can be so helpful in your recovery. Being able to put pen to paper and write your thoughts down can be an effective way to manage stress and self- regulate. Journaling is something you can do anywhere. Throughout your day taking time to jot down any overwhelming thoughts, emotions, fears, or looming tasks can help you stay present and continue to keep moving forward. Journaling is a great way to self-reflect and take time to set and achieve goals. Taking the time to be introspective and address your needs and intentions is essential in continuing on the path of recovery. Journaling can also be an outlet for creativity and to have fun. 

Read a Spiritual or Inspirational Book

Even when living as our best selves, the day to day can become mundane and boring. It is important to stay motivated in your recovery. Setting aside time to read a few pages of a spiritual or inspirational reading can help you achieve a positive mindset and assist you in your willingness to keep moving forward. Keeping a daily reflections book by your bedside, or setting a timer for 10 minutes in the evening to read a book of your choice is a great way to incorporate the active recovery lifestyle. If you are having trouble finding something great to read here are the top 5 suggestions from our staff at Anchored Tides Recovery:

  • Keep it Simple by Hazelden Meditations
  • Mindful Recovery: A spiritual Path to Healing from Addiction by Bien Thomas
  • Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
  • As Bill Sees It by Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Each Day A New Beginning by Karen Casey

Find Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that we can feel in our physical bodies. It can bring a sensation of warmth, grounding, calmness, or a smile. As an individual on the road to recovery, it is important to remember that it is a success to be sober and all the good that comes from being free from the bondage of alcohol and substance abuse. Acknowledging the things you are grateful to have in your life is an active way to stay in recovery. Being grateful can change your mindset and keep you inspired to continue to achieve more. Being able to take a moment to write a list of the things that are good in your life on a regular basis is a great tool to stay on the path of recovery.

Acts of Service

Once you have made the choice to stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol, you are able to find freedom. Your livelihood returns, and you are able to become a successful and functioning member of society once again. Acknowledging your strengths and utilizing them to assist others is a great way to stay active in your recovery. Despite the hardship you may have endured, you have so much to offer your community, friends, and loved ones. Scheduling time to be helpful to someone you know, or an organization in your community is a great way to build self-esteem and bring good into the world. As an individual in recovery you must remember you are strong and worthy. Taking time to give back to others can relieve your own stress and depression while promoting balance for a healthy sober lifestyle. 

We Can Help You!

Anchored Tides Recovery is a women owned addiction treatment center for women. We offer partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient treatment options for women struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services & how we can help you!