marketable skills in recovery

Recovery empowers each individual to improve many facets of their lives and provides the opportunity to learn many crucial skills for structuring daily life. One can even develop a resume for professional reintroduction or advancement. Identifying the marketable skills learned in recovery and building upon them is a part of the recovery process, leading to a better chance of achieving each goal that a person sets for themselves in their new, sober lives. From time management to exercising voice and responsibility, recovery is a time to learn and embrace these marketable skills while helping each person build upon them for their own future. 

Practicing Time Management

Time management is an essential part of any professional career. Being able to prioritize tasks and tend to responsibilities effectively and efficiently is a learned skill that is highly coveted in the workplace. Time management means learning to attend meetings on time and balance one’s responsibilities with their own needs in life, ensuring that there is time for both sleep and self-care while tending to professional expectations. Developing time management skills often starts with writing down one’s daily schedule before leaving for the day. Setting a morning alarm, getting out of bed and making a list of responsibilities can help each individual outline their responsibilities, allowing them to organize and prioritize their day. 

Setting limits on how much work can be done in a single sitting is a great way to balance one’s responsibilities with self-care. Scheduling one’s day around any meetings, such as group therapy or individual sessions, are marketable skills that can easily transition into a professional environment. Being aware of one’s needs and capabilities is a practice explored in recovery. However, learning to balance one’s day in the recovery sphere can inform how to handle, or even delegate, professional tasks and expectations while maintaining the safe work-life balance conducive to recovery.

Practicing Voice

Learning to assert one’s voice is a significant hurdle in recovery. Anxiety and depression can make it feel as if an individual cannot lift their voice or that doing so is inconsequential. However, voice is one of the most essential skills to practice, as it involves exploring one’s identity and strength and sets oneself up to be the catalyst of their own agency and change. 

Learning to say “no” is one of the most important expressions of voice in recovery. The strength learned in exercising this ability can be the first step towards effective communication in a professional environment. However, learning to express one’s voice may begin by simply opening oneself up and introducing themselves in a group therapy session. 

Practicing voice doesn’t mean that an individual is willing to speak, but they can develop their own identity and tone through their voice. Strong voices in recovery can be the practice of saying a firm “no” when something doesn’t work, just as much as they can be an expression of one’s desires. Voice can be further developed as an individual learns to understand and articulately express their emotions, leading to effective communication and confidence in oneself as they assert their interests or duties. In a professional setting, this can lead to further delegation as an individual wants to complete a particular task. An assertive, focused voice can be a hallmark of a leader in the workplace.

Tackling Responsibility

Learning to accept responsibility for one’s actions is difficult because it may involve addressing mistakes and past regrets. However, learning to take responsibility for one’s actions is an essential part of recovery and reintroduction into the professional workforce. Taking responsibility means accomplishing daily tasks and acknowledging the role that one played in many of the events that transpired in their own life. However, in accepting this responsibility, a person also opens themselves up to becoming accountable for their success and owning their progress in recovery and professional development. Not only are these skills treasured in the workplace, but taking responsibility and acknowledging mistakes is a crucial part of the learning process for both recovery and professional ventures, highlighting one’s honesty and desire for change.

Brighton Recovery Center champions these same marketable skills inside and outside of recovery. It provides the opportunity for those in recovery to volunteer at professional venues while in recovery, such as at the on-campus coffee shop or thrift store. While optional, this allows those in recovery to continue to develop these skills and bolster one’s resume for their transition back into the professional workplace.

Recovery is more than learning to live without an addictive substance in your life. Brighton Recovery Center programs are ready to help you learn essential coping strategies for managing addiction and the tangible, marketable skills for maintaining a fulfilling professional career. If you or a loved one are ready to take the first step towards a sober future, we can help you personalize your recovery plan with us today. We offer an array of services to help you at any point in your recovery, from detox and residential care to partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care. Your time with us can be wholly individualized, allowing you to explore your best practices for your needs and goals. We offer many different therapeutic approaches, including yoga, meditation, music, and art therapy, as well as community and sport in our on-campus recreation center. Volunteering at our recreation center can instill practical life skills while being an integral part of a dedicated recovery community. For more information on how we can help you in your unique circumstance, call us today at (844) 479-7035.