Continuing Education And Opioid Addiction Recovery
Overcoming addiction gives a person hope for a life of limitless possibilities. With a new positive outlook on life, many start thinking about continuing their education. For some, it may be going back to high school or passing the General Education Development (GED) exam. With others, it may be starting vocational training or it may be starting or continuing college. Here a just a few of the many benefits of continuing education for the recovering:
- Going to school builds self esteem and confidence
- Continuing education improves options to starting a new career or building on a current position to financially support oneself/family
- Having a goal and working towards and achieving the goal is rewarding
- Filling the gaps of time when one used to be abusing a substance with something positive is a great path to take
Your Recovery Is Top Priority
With any goal it is good to have a plan and determine the best way to achieve success. Above all, YOUR RECOVERY IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY! Continuing your education is exciting, but it is important to have developed coping skills to deal with triggers. Simply put, school can be stressful…late night studying, hard and demanding homework and tests, and being placed back into a non-sober environment. Talk to your counselor about going back to school and the best time to begin. It is very important that you are able to continue your recovery sessions/meetings and continue your time with supportive family and friends.
Where To Continue Your Education
Whether the time is now or shortly down the road, you should start researching and planning. If you need to complete your GED, contact your local high school so they can point you in the right direction for information. When considering going to college or receiving vocational training, think about the following to determine which program is the best fit for you.
- What degree do you want to get?
- Are part-time, evening, and weekend classes what you need or can you go full-time?
- Do you have current credits that can transfer to another school or is it best to stay in the same school?
- Is “in-class” or online learning better for you?
- Do you want to stay near home so you can still have the support of family in your recovery or live off campus?
Research the grants, scholarships and financial aid that may be available to you. In this process the Internet is a good source of information…. check out Federal Student Aid. The government, businesses, private sector… many offer aid to those wanting to continue their education. Make sure you apply to FAFSA. If you have a school of interest, ask a counselor about available financial aid. Your place of work may have a continuing education program. College is expensive so try to get all the financial assistance available, hence keeping your debt for education as low as possible.
Ready To Get Your Life Back
If you want to reach your full potential but are struggling with opioid addiction, take your life back. Opioid addiction is treated effectively with medication-assisted treatment, combined with counseling, support and individualized recovery plans. Call AMC today and lead a purposeful life free from addiction.