The world of rehab is vast. In fact, considering that throughout the opioid epidemic of recent years, literally millions of people have visited emergency in the United States for drug-related issues, nearly every one of these victims could probably use some sort of addiction counseling.

Rehab offers that type of counseling. In fact, if an addict completes the coursework of detox and recovery, rehab can provide a second chance to someone who for whatever reason, fell off the tracks. All that person needs to do is prove their post-rehab value.

But what about society and what it thinks of the recovered addict? Once faced with a former drug addict, whether in a work relationship or even an intimate relationship, would most people choose to have something to do with this person?

That, to an extent, is dependent on how the person manages themselves as an ex-addict.

Even if you are recovered, and believe with that, you have turned around your life, others are probably unaware of your struggles, and how hard you worked to get to this point.

They only know you as a drug abuser who is back from treatment, and at this juncture, because of past experiences, someone who can’t necessarily be trusted in a work environment.

Well, it’s up to you to turn that thought around and now that you’re well, prove to them that your well.


Upon your return to work, your boss and coworkers may be skeptical of your new-found health and sobriety.

After all, weren’t you the person who’d call in sick virtually every Monday after a long and abusive weekend?

Weren’t you also the person who rarely turned in their assignments on time, or whose inattentiveness to their tasks caused a bottleneck, and slowed down everyone else’s process?

This may have been you, especially at the height of your drug using up to your eventual downward spiral.

Issues of trust will invariably come into play, which now that you are sober, can only be worked through by you. Excuses no longer work, if they ever did work. And lies, those are the killer, which need to be immediately eradicated not just from your work life, but your personal life as well.


If there was one lesson you should have learned while in rehab, it had to have been self-responsibility. That you have a responsibility to yourself to stay on the straight and narrow of sobriety, fight off cravings in lieu of relapse, and diligently protect the new, substance-free person you now are.

One way to both protect and prove who you are, is to focus directly on your work tasks. Once you’ve detoxed, rehabilitation teaches you responsibility through small tasks you perform either in the rehab facility or while staying at a sober living house.

You may have done something as routine as made your bed, showered, or washed the house dishes. But while these weren’t exactly job-oriented duties, you still went through with them as if you owned these responsibilities.

Take this same work ethic back to your old job. Surely, your work tasks will more-than-likely be more involved than making your own bed or washing dishes, however it’s the small assignments that lead to larger, more complex and more rewarding tasks. Only you can demonstrate that at this stage in your life.


The farther you get away from your past as a substance abuser, the safer in your own resolve you become. Work becomes easier simply because you’ve decided to concentrate on your profession instead of where your next fix is going to come from.

Trust has also been rebuilt in you as the go-to person for tasks to be done. And if this weren’t good enough, trust beyond the workplace has also been restored, specifically in your family life and friendships.

This is when you’re over the hump. When you know that your rehabilitation was well worth the discomfort and effort, yet nonetheless working out for you, and that person you were as an addict is far enough in the past that you no longer know who they are.

If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with drugs, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.

Proving Value in a Post-Rehab World