Going Back to School in Recovery

You’re in recovery, which means you’re on your way to getting your life back on track in so many ways. You might even be thinking of going back to school. College isn’t just for the people right out of high school. Many people choose to go back to school and get their degrees later in life. There’s no reason you can’t be one of them.

Why Go Back to School?

You have a new outlook on life and if you’re not happy within your current career track, now’s the time to do something about it. You have already chosen to change your life for the better, and when you get the education needed to make changes in your career, you can become an unstoppable force. Remember that the job market is more competitive than ever before. Having a college degree can give you the one-up on competition that’s needed to make you stand out in a group of applicants. You can find a good paying job and this can help you to continue a sober life and with more ambition than ever before.

Overcome the Obstacles

When you are in recovery, it can be difficult. For example, binge drinking is very common amongst college students. There may also be a lot of stress related to the workload. You need to make sure you manage your stress to avoid any kind of relapse with your addiction problems. It can be helpful to keep a journal of all of your accomplishments. Reflect on your challenges and how you have overcome them and use this as a reminder when you think that everything has become too overwhelming and you want to quit.

It is also a good idea to find a recovery sponsor near the campus. This can be someone you rely on to help you when everything else seems lost.  Now there are also a variety of online classes so you can study and get a degree from the comfort of your own home.  Online schooling can help to alleviate some of the stresses with living on a college campus.  When you are overcoming addiction, it’s important that you don’t lose sight of your priorities. You need to lead a clean life and this can be done in college. You may have mixed up your priorities once before, but it’s never too late to go back to school. The degree and the experience you get from it can change your life for the better.

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