Vocational services at Discovery Institute helps clients find work once they return to the “real” world, and gives them the skills and tools necessary to be a great potential job candidate. Discovery Institute is by their side every step of the way to ensure economic stability and a great chance at a healthy and fruitful life.

Many people who arrive at treatment have been out of the workforce for a while or may have never been in it at all. An important part of recovery is securing and maintaining financial security for the future, so you can focus on the things that matter. 

Our therapists work with the client on a few different levels to get them back to being a responsible, working adult. This is a crucial part of creating a healthier and stable lifestyle in the long-run. 

Why Vocational Services

Vocational services are an important part of treatment because it gives individuals hope for the future and the tools they need to succeed. While rehab is a wonderful stepping stone to sobriety, what a person does after they graduate is extremely important. 

On the road to recovery, it can be easy to overlook some things that might affect a person in the long-run. One of the main goals of recovery is to ensure relapse prevention as individuals slowly make their way back into the world and Discovery Institute’s Vocational Services is here to make sure that the person stays sober while maintaining a good quality of life in the process. 

Finding a job is one of the most important things they can do to get on the road to independence, financial security, and a healthy, sober life. With the support and education needed to do so through vocational services, individuals in early recovery have a better potential for developing successful and sustainable jobs and careers. 

What to Expect 

When a person utilizes Discovery Institute’s vocational assistance services, they can expect a wide variety of personally tailored services. All steps are covered to aid in every step of job employment. These services include education options, the interview process, resume help, occupational interests, and financial guidance from highly qualified professionals.

Those with interest in the program will be assigned a case manager to help throughout the process. The case manager will provide guidance and strength through any hurdles that might face the individual while on their journey to a happier and stable career.  

Discovery Institute’s’ vocational services allow for an open and supportive environment through the entire process and we make sure that you have a wide variety of options available at your disposal so you are able to thrive and work towards your desired career path. 

Benefits of Vocational Services

Once a person has completed their journey (or for anyone who is close to completing it), they will have to form a financially secure and comfortable life to avoid stressors and mental stability as time goes on. It is healthy and effective to have a job and a routine to build your life around. This is crucial to making sure that the individual does not relapse overtime. 

There are so many benefits to using Discovery Institute’s vocational assistance. We are right by the recoverer’s side the whole way, making sure the process is smooth and effective so you can enjoy the benefits of a functioning and stable life. 

Vocational services also give the person a chance to discover and focus on new interests they didn’t know before. This can lead to a happier and more focused life. Other benefits of offering vocational services to recovering individuals may include:

  • Discovering and utilizing unknown talents or skillsets within the working community
  • Discovering career and educational opportunities that best match an individual’s long-term recovery goals
  • Help with financial and decision-making process for educational needs
  • Helping to overcome problems that arise in finding a job, career, or education opportunities
  • Helping to provide the means for recovering individuals to live lucrative and successful lives with a career they not only need but enjoy as well

Vocational Services Offered by Discovery Institute

Our clients will be evaluated on their job history, education history, and special skills. We then work with everyone individually to identify jobs that may be a good, realistic match. Uncovering professional strengths and weaknesses allows individuals to realize where they are and what they may be good at.

This information helps us create the ideal process for the individual, as well as increase the chances of employment. Discovery Institute’s Vocational assistance provides a variety of different services catered specifically to the individual’s history and experience.

Skill Surveying

Oftentimes, individuals are ready to leave treatment without any clue as to what they wish to do next. Surveying skills helps these individuals define where their skills lie and which careers, educational path, or jobs may be beneficial, according to their skill set, to take advantage of. 

Also, surveying specific skills may help to determine opportunities that may have been overlooked. This is extremely effective in finding new interests and skills that you may not have been aware of before. 

Career Counseling 

This type of individualized counseling involves an in-depth conversation about career goals with an addiction therapist who has experience with recovery vocational services. In a one-on-one environment, you are able to express your goals for the future.

During these sessions, individuals can discuss and discover long-term desires and aspirations for a potential career path, all in a supportive and open environment. Career counseling also provides education and training for effectively searching for jobs that can lead to a promising career path down the line.

Resume Building and Interview Training

Our professional vocational support services help clients build a resume and cover letter to make a great first impression. In job searching, we know the importance of a clean and good looking resume. After making that good first impression with a high-quality resume comes the interview, which can be stressful. Luckily, Discovery Institute is here to help. 

Discovery’s vocational support services teach effective and durable interview skills so that the person knows exactly what to expect from a job interview. We do mock interviews to address things that may come up and offer each other constructive criticism on how to improve. 

The goal of the program is to get clients feeling comfortable and positive about re-entering the workforce; by laying out the framework for a professional resume and interview practice, the individual can feel confident and relaxed when aiming for their future job. 

Educational Guidance

For the individuals who wish to follow a path that requires further education, educational guidance vocational services can offer help to attain the education desired. It can feel like a tall task going back to college/university but we are here to make it manageable and easier. 

Seeking further education has a lot of great benefits and can lead to a better life down the road. It is never too late to continue one’s education and learn more about the interests discovered from Discovery Institute’s skill surveying process. 

These services include guidance to find scholarship opportunities, grants, student loans, and federal funding when available. Other than aiding to find financial help, educational guidance services help to identify trade schools, universities, or community classes that provide the educational services that an individual needs to reach his or her goals.

Career Management 

For each individual wishing to benefit from vocational services offered at The Discover Institute, a case manager will be assigned. The case manager will help the individual throughout their journey, utilizing vocational assistance so that help is available whenever challenges arise. 

There are many hurdles that may keep a recovering individual from attaining their vocational goals, and this is where the case manager comes in. The individual’s case manager will offer resolutions and crisis management so that the individual can move forward with attaining their career objectives, while still being able to manage any struggles along the way.

Start a New Chapter With Vocational Services 

The road to addiction recovery is really only a small part of the journey towards a rejuvenated and healthy life. It is important to create a financially stable and reliable lifestyle to stay happy and avoid relapses down the line. 

The process of getting back into life can be rough and overwhelming at times, but our vocational assistance services will be by the individual’s side every step of the way. Learn about new interests, get practice with resumes and interviews, get guidance from professionals, and open up a new chapter of life. 

There is a wide variety of benefits that come with vocational assistance, and in a few years from now when our clients are working a stable and steady job, or studying at an accredited university, they will look back and appreciate the journey. 

Ready to be rid of your addiction and get the help you need to determine which career path is right for you? Contact us today to speak with an experienced addiction specialist.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by The Discovery Institute