returning to work

Heading back to work after rehab can feel like stepping into a new world. I remember my first day back at my job. I was a bundle of nerves, worried about what my colleagues would think and whether I could handle the pressure. But, it was also a fresh start, a chance to rebuild my professional life on the solid ground of sobriety.

Here’s what I’ve learned about making this transition.

Be Patient with Yourself: Understand that getting back into the swing of things takes time.

Communicate Openly: Depending on your situation, being open with your employer or HR about your journey can help.

Set Boundaries: Know your limits and be clear about them. It’s okay to say no to overtime or projects that might be too stressful at the start.

Find Stress Relievers: Discover healthy ways to manage stress. Whether it’s exercise, meditation, or hobbies, having an outlet outside of work is crucial.

Seek Support: Lean on your support network. Whether it’s meetings, therapy, or just talking with friends who get it, having people to turn to can make all the difference.

Celebrate Small Wins: Every day you manage to balance work and recovery is a victory. Recognize and celebrate these moments.

Remember Why You Started: On tough days, remind yourself of why you chose this path. Your recovery is the foundation for everything else.

With patience, support, and courage, you can transition successfully. Here’s to new beginnings and continued growth.


Ben Randolph