Damaged or Lack of Employability

Factors of Relapse: Employability

man failing at job and getting fired

A person who loses part of his life to addiction often loses much or all of his employability as well. When a person begins abusing drugs as a teen, he may never develop a work ethic or the ability to manage business relationships.

Lack of employability can come from:

  • Lack of work ethic
  • Inability to interact honestly with employers and other employees
  • Dishonesty and secrecy
  • Unresolved guilt from harm done on past jobs
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of job skills

As a person begins to get sober, it is common for him to reevaluate his past and his productivity. He will often begin to understand how much harm he has done to his past employers and co-workers. At the time, it seemed like he was just ‘trying to survive,’ whatever it took. Thefts from businesses, lying, missing work, blaming co-workers—these are common tactics used by an addicted person to escape penalties while using drugs or alcohol.

worker having difficulty on the job

If a person just goes through a short rehab and does not build up new life skills, he may return to work with his guilt from the past fully intact. He may not have had the time to forge new work habits. Unless he approaches new employment with confidence and skill in dealing with others, he may undermine his own success on a new job.

How Does the Narconon Program Address Damage or Lack of Employability?

A graduate of the Narconon rehab program has received training on the basics of integrity, self-respect, ethics, and morals. As those on this program apply these lessons in their recovery, they very often talk about the weight of guilt and remorse that is lifted from their shoulders. Without this relief, a person continues to carry guilt and personal unease into new jobs or business deals.

Different phases of the program work on improving one’s skills on both sides of a discussion so that honest, effective communication can occur.

co-workers on the job together

As life looks brighter and relationships are recovered, it is just natural for a person to start looking at what he (or she) can achieve. This boosts motivation that was absent during drug use.

While specific job skills themselves are normally not addressed as part of this program, participants learn lessons that enable them to approach their futures from a fresh new viewpoint. They learn problem-solving skills that help one grow a business or increase responsibility on a job. They recover personal integrity that gives them greater confidence on the job.

Contents of Factors of Relapse