Hi everyone! This is my first post so I hope I’m doing this right. My name is Kelly and I’m an addict. Been clean from heroin, pills & meth for a little over a year and a half. I have had the benefit of not having to work during this time but it’s definately time for me to step up and help my Mom out whom I have been living with since I got out of rehab.
I am a Registered Nurse but I lost my license due to my drug addiction. I am working on getting that back but it’s going to be a fairly involved process since I have a felony (expunged) and it’s been almost 10 years since my I surrendered my license so I will have to do some courses to refresh myself.
Anyway, here’s my tl;dr, I literally haven’t worked for about 10 years unless drug dealer counts and I’m PRETTY sure it doesn’t. I am currently working at a fairly large retail dept. store but it’s only seasonal.
I’m interested in what others who like me, haven’t worked for a while did to get themselves back into the work force. Interested in hearing what did and didn’t work for them.
As an example, when I was only a few months clean, a friend of mine from rehab said ‘hey my mom knows a guy who owns a sandwich shop lets go apply!’. I did go with her to apply and I got the job (we both did) but I literally just had the biggest anxiety attack ever. It wasn’t just a small shop it was Firehouse Subs which is an extremely busy large place where I live. I was told I wasn’t wrapping pickles fast enough and I lost any and all confidence I had been building. Bottom line was, I wish I had waited a little longer before starting any kind of job bc mentally I was just NOT ready.
I recently got this retail job and I am actually excited (albeit a little nervous) when I go into work and have liked it a lot. I just don’t have too many hours and they really only want to keep the people who want to work full time and 9 hr shifts and that just isn’t something I feel like I am ready for.
Please share your storys/thoughts/opinions/suggestions etc. about anything related to working after getting clean. Look forward to hearing your thoughts and meeting you guys!