Starting Fresh: Life After Treatment as an Ex-Offender
Life after treatment is an opportunity for a fresh new start. It’s a time to focus on rebuilding relationships, maintaining your health, and bettering yourself as a person. That is, of course, if you have the luxury of no responsibility, which isn’t the case when you’re a recovering addict with a history of felonies and arrests on your back.
For many recovering addicts, life after treatment may still require dealing with repercussions of the past and learning how to survive in a world that still believes they’re dirty even after they get clean.
And so, for National Recovery Month, Drug Treatment Center Finder presents its latest project, Starting Fresh, a four-part series on the real-world struggles recovering individuals face the moment they step out of treatment. From piecing broken family bonds back together to fighting custody battles over their children, Starting Fresh will cover the major stigmas that occur in life after treatment while also providing resources to help readers in need.
In today’s segment, we’ll be covering one of the first major obstacles: finding a job.
And more importantly, finding a job as an ex-convict.
Recovering Addicts Face High Unemployment Rates and Gov. Bans
In treatment, they tell clients to avoid major life changes to avoid stress that could trigger a person into relapsing.
While that may be the ideal thing to do, for recovering individuals who are still facing court fees, bills and debt, and broken family bonds—thus having no one to turn to while they get back on their feet—just getting out of prison or treatment, or both, is a major life change in itself.
In the United States, between 70 million and 100 million adults—or 1 in 3 Americans—in our country have felony records, many of which are due to drug-related crimes.
Adding to the millions are about 700,000 people being released from behind bars every year, but the same numbers aren’t going back into the working force in the nation. More than 60 percent of “formerly incarcerated individuals are unemployed one year after being released,” says The Sentencing Project.
Stigma in life after treatment for ex-offenders affects genders differently, as well. According to a New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, of unemployed men between the ages of 25 and 54, about 34 percent consist of men with criminal records. Women are hired slightly more often, but they aren’t necessarily getting the kind of jobs to support their families by themselves. Mothers with felony drug convictions are subjected to a lifetime ban on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, affecting 180,000 women in the country.
Ex-Offenders Still Suffer from Prejudice in Life After Treatment
At Drug Treatment Center Finder, we believe everyone deserves a second chance at building their life for a better future. That’s why we aim to provide resources at finding the right drug treatment center in all 50 states of the US. DTCF is available 24-7 for those in need of a new beginning in their lives. To get more information, call one of our agents at 855-619-8070 today and receive a consultation on addiction recovery methods.