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Up-Level Your Professional Life In Recovery

Issue 27

3 Affordable Ways for Building Skills

Work can be a meaningful part of your recovery.

Some people may think of recovery as a pause — that other things, like career goals, have to be put on hold until milestones are hit. But the truth is that no matter where you are in recovery, having a job can help you.

Working can improve your mental health and increase the chances of positive recovery outcomes. It’s also a great way to expand your social support network.

Whether you already have a job you like or you’re thinking about your options, there are affordable ways to learn new skills and advance in your career — even as you’re moving through recovery:

1. Take free or cheap classes online.

Websites like Coursera, EdX, Futurelearn, Lynda, and even

YouTube offer free or low-cost informational sessions on virtually any skill or topic. While the first three websites do the vetting for you, looking up a presenter’s credentials can help you figure out if they’re the right resource.

2. Check out events in your community.

Your local library or community center could be a treasure trove. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for Facebook and Eventbrite events that interest you. To narrow down your options, follow relevant community and professional groups on social media for posts about upcoming events.

3. Join a recovery program with career support.

Some recovery programs, like Groups Recover Together, will also help you with career development. Groups Recovery Support Specialists will assist members in meeting their career support needs, logistically and financially:

• Technology (cell phones, laptops)

• Resumes

• Interview clothes

• Interview skills

• Current and future employment goals

• Education, certifications, or licensure

Working while in recovery won’t always be easy, but Groups can help you find the right balance of medication-assisted treatment, peer community, and employment support to compassionately guide you through the process.

Learn more about our program at joingroups.com.

Recover Together. Recover the life you want to live.

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