My sponsor suggested a simple job in early recovery, which turned out to be in PHP drug rehab and sober living-recovery housing.

My first job in early sobriety from addiction

I cannot count how many times I’ve heard an old timer in sobriety tell someone to keep things simple during the first year in recovery from drug addiction. No major changes, no major decisions, no overly stressful work or even school if at all possible. And of course no new romantic relations during that first year. Those cliches can get super annoying, but they are true. I say that from much experience, some of which from myself and some from observing others.

I had been through about 6 or 7 drug rehab programs over the span of 10 years or so. I pretty much threw away my entire 20’s and the first half of my 30’s on drugs and alcohol. And I can’t even count how many recovery houses and sober living homes I’d been through. It boggles even my mind! And I was the worst kind of drug addict too. I wouldn’t relapse after a couple of weeks or a month or two. No, I would stay clean for 5 or 6 months, even 9 or 10 months a couple of times, long enough to rebuild the hope of my friends and family, only to then rip it from them in one fell swoop. It was heartbreaking; for them as well as for me.

Not this time, though. This time I went through a 90-day PHP addiction treatment program (not in Pennsylvania), which was longer than any of my previous attempts in a drug rehab setting. This was a different approach towards treatment that I was accustomed to. Rather than being in a protective bubble as is with residential or inpatient rehab, this involved living in a structured sober living home (some refer to it as a recovery house or halfway house), and then attending treatment off-site during the weekdays. However, outside of treatment hours, we had various levels of freedom to live life out and about that you don’t get in residential drug rehab.

So anyway, there I  am with just over 6 months clean from heroin and alcohol. I had never waited this long in sobriety to return to work. I was always in a hurry to start working and trying to rush, rush, rush in getting everything back that I had lost in my prior relapse. Now I was in a semi-structured recovery house, just taking things slow and steady.

Of course I wanted to go back to my high pressure sales job where I made great money, but this time I listened when my sponsor suggested I get a simple gig and built up from there. I kept thinking time was wasting away, and my opportunity to make my millions was getting smaller and smaller. The bastard promptly reminded me how every time I follow that course of thinking I inevitably end up back in rehab. I hate it when he’s right!


  • RESIDENTIAL/INPATIENT = Housing & clinical services at one location
  • PHP (Partial Hospitalization) = Treatment 5 days weekly and living in structured recovery housing at different locations
  • IOP (Intensive Outpatient) = Treatment 3 days per week and living in structured recovery housing at different locations
  • IOP and PHP are generally less expensive than residential and easier to get insurance approval
  • IOP and PHP offer greater freedoms and schedule flexibility than residential

So where do I end up getting my first job in this new recovery of mine? Right here, the place I got sober at (not “here” as in Progressive Living, somewhere else). They hired me on as a cook, groundskeeper and handyman, which combined came to about 35 hours per week. Once I got just over a year sober they said I could apply to be a tech – that was cool. So there I am, working the night shift as a tech in the same recovery home that saved my life.

Today I’ve got almost nine years sober, I have my own company, and I still have the same annoying sponsor. God bless him…





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