Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat

“Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat.” – Scottish Proverb. Integrity, honesty, work ethic, ideas and inspiration are all attributes that companies look for in their employees. These are the same characteristics that are promoted and expected in recovery programs like Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous. Big tech companies and profitable organizations have an important desire to invest in corporate responsibilities to make their community a better place. These very companies are needed on the front lines of change!

Big Tech companies and corporations can invest themselves within their communities by creating programs and technologies to second stage treatment housing and to individuals who have completed treatment but need additional support in building their portfolio to get back into the “real world.” Compassionate and patient employees who can devote their services to upgrade people’s knowledge on navigating technology like using online application services, accessing online banking and government sites, and searching for jobs online. Lastly, it would be beneficial to work one on one to build resumes and cover letters.

The most important way that these companies can get involved to make positive change in their communities is job creation! Hiring people with little to no experience or education and giving them an opportunity to build skills, gain confidence and earn an honest living is imperative in creating change in the recovery process. After an individual has completed treatment and learned coping skills, relapse prevention and other skills to decrease their dependency on substances, their next step is to try to build back or create from scratch a life of employment, updating education, money management and other day to day responsibilities. When individuals struggle to land on their feet, their self-esteem is affected and the chances of sliding back and returning to a life that was comfortable is drastically increased.

There are an array of services to support people in addiction, harm reduction, detox and treatment but the continuum of care after a person has graduated from treatment drops off considerably. There is a link missing in the circle of success and that missing link is found in personal support, skill building and employment opportunities.

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