Employment Services

When a history of substance abuse creates gaps on your resume, finding a job can seem impossible – but it may not be as hard as you think.

With a bit of planning and effort, we have rarely seen an individual fail to find a paid position in the local community. For young men returning to their job and a familiar workplace, we offer transitional support to balance work, personal and recovery life. If he is starting over, we will leverage existing relationships with local employers, prepare him for interviews, and monitor the transition to his new work environment.

He will have the dedicated support of our Jim Gabal, our Director of Career Services, along with workshops and services designed to support the transition back to work while building a recovery-focused lifestyle. Jim, a former media executive and longtime resident of Westport, has over two decades of sobriety under his belt. His professional experience and relationships with the local business community have proven to be invaluable to Westport House clients who wish to re-enter the workforce.

When a history of substance abuse creates gaps on your resume, finding a job can seem impossible – but it may not be as hard as you think.

With a bit of planning and effort, we have rarely seen an individual fail to find a paid position in the local community. For young men returning to their job and a familiar workplace, we offer transitional support to balance work, personal and recovery life. If he is starting over, we will leverage existing relationships with local employers, prepare him for interviews, and monitor the transition to his new work environment.

He will have the dedicated support of our Jim Gabal, our Director of Career Services, along with workshops and services designed to support the transition back to work while building a recovery-focused lifestyle. Jim, a former media executive and longtime resident of Westport, has over two decades of sobriety under his belt. His professional experience and relationships with the local business community have proven to be invaluable to Westport House clients who wish to re-enter the workforce.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

If returning to an existing employer, we offer:

  • A professional, dedicated advisor and mentor who is in recovery and has successfully navigated the transition back into the workplace after rehab;
  • Help understanding your employer’s drug and alcohol policy;
  • Education you about your rights under the law;
  • Communication with your manager and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) representative before and after your return date, if necessary;
  • Perspective in terms of the role of work in your early recovery;
  • Assistance complying with return-to-work agreements (including the recommendations of medical professionals);
  • Meeting your employer’s random drug testing requirements; and
  • Completing release of information forms allowing the employer to receive updates of attendance and progress.

If looking for a new job in the community, we offer:

  • A professional, dedicated advisor and mentor who is in recovery and has successfully navigated the transition back into the workplace after rehab;
  • Interview preparation & practice;
  • Job or volunteer placement in the community;
  • Guidance on how to talk about gaps in employment and other consequences of substance abuse;
  • Support in identifying and communicating with professional references;
  • Realistic goals and objectives; and
  • Perspective in terms of the role of work in your recovery.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

If returning to an existing employer, we offer:

  • A professional, dedicated advisor and mentor who is in recovery and has successfully navigated the transition back into the workplace after rehab;
  • Help understanding your employer’s drug and alcohol policy;
  • Education you about your rights under the law;
  • Communication with your manager and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) representative before and after your return date, if necessary;
  • Perspective in terms of the role of work in your early recovery;
  • Assistance complying with return-to-work agreements (including the recommendations of medical professionals);
  • Meeting your employer’s random drug testing requirements; and
  • Completing release of information forms allowing the employer to receive updates of attendance and progress.

If looking for a new job in the community, we offer:

  • A professional, dedicated advisor and mentor who is in recovery and has successfully navigated the transition back into the workplace after rehab;
  • Interview preparation & practice;
  • Job or volunteer placement in the community;
  • Guidance on how to talk about gaps in employment and other consequences of substance abuse;
  • Support in identifying and communicating with professional references;
  • Realistic goals and objectives; and
  • Perspective in terms of the role of work in your recovery.