Individuals who have issues with a drug and / or alcohol addiction and want to deal with their substance use, have plenty of opportunities to do so both in Toronto and throughout Canada. There are numerous treatment centres (over 50 in Ontario alone); some are funded by various levels of government while others are run privately. 12 Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous etc., together with independent Addictions Counsellors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and support services through hospitals and clinics are also available.

All these services and groups are helpful to the individual as they deal with their emotional and mental health issues. They also provide support in assisting the person stay clean and sober. However, all of them ignore, do not know, or understand the important role work plays in recovery.

Oasis Addiction Recovery Society is the only organization/agency that helps the individual new in recovery from an addiction prepare for return to the workforce.

Somehow, the professionals listed above overlook both the benefits of working in recovery and the effects it has on those who want to stay clean and sober.

Entering or re-entering the workforce bolsters the recovering individual’s self-esteem – it gives them back their dignity. Employment occupies a person’s time, giving them a reason to get up in the morning and become productive, rather than having idle time on their hands, which can often lead to relapse. They learn to be accountable through a work schedule, to communicate with others and this means they do not isolate; egos are dealt with by working as part of a team. Another benefit to working is that the individual has to learn to budget and manage money (a strong trigger for relapse) responsibly.

Work is an integral part of recovery and ought not to be ignored or overlooked by those providing support services (including the government) to individuals who want to remain clean and sober.

13Jul 2016
The Disease of Job Ownership

In the workplace, everyone has responsibilities, big or small, in their particular positions.  But over time, some of us can easily create a type of “ownership” of our jobs.  As a result, we don’t want others to know how to do our job – we may give them some information, but never all. This possessiveness […]

17May 2016
dream of being addiction free

‘The founders realized that meaningful work was a key element in rebuilding individual pride, the human spirit and the will to succeed – to find a better life’. This is actually about two dreams – the hopes and dreams of people everywhere and the dream that started OASIS, for they are interlocked. Let’s start with […]

17Nov 2015

Most of us spend more time on average with our working peers than with anyone else, and we don’t necessarily get to pick who they are.  If a workplace is to function effectively and efficiently, we all need to work well together in order to get things done.  While the majority of us learned as […]

30Sep 2015

In Toronto, Ontario, we have an effective system for helping addicts and alcoholics achieve recovery. To help people begin their recovery we have treatment centres, 12 Step programs, counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists, fitness instructors and medical professionals treating the whole human structure “Body, Mind and Spirit”. These places and people help change people’s addictive behaviours. […]

30Sep 2015

When it came to employment, I was not shall we say “the best” employee. I was always late, I was always missing days, deadlines weren’t met budgets didn’t balance, tills were always short, sales were low, I couldn’t answer a phone or take a comprehensible message. I also had a drinking problem and mental health […]

30Sep 2015

I started my recovery journey 23 years ago in a treatment centre, together with 24 other individuals. I remember the discussions we had the last few days – there was a mixture of relief that we had successfully completed the program, and fear of an unknown future. Most of us knew that nothing would be […]

18Sep 2015

Individuals who have issues with a drug and / or alcohol addiction and want to deal with their substance use, have plenty of opportunities to do so both in Toronto and throughout Canada. There are numerous treatment centres (over 50 in Ontario alone); some are funded by various levels of government while others are run […]