Purpose and Profit: How Recovering Addicts Can Build Small Businesses

Every year, we hear more and more stories of people in recovery struggling more and more in their efforts to…

Purpose and Profit: How Recovering Addicts Can Build Small Businesses

Every year, we hear more and more stories of people in recovery struggling more and more in their efforts to get clean and sober, and in their efforts more specifically to stay clean and sober. A lot of times we can see pretty easily that recovering addicts have a very hard time of it, which is the grim truth of the matter here. When it comes down to it, a lot of recovering addicts soon realize that staying clean is just as difficult as actually getting clean was in the first place.

When recovering addicts are able to get clean and sober, the hardship of staying clean does hit them pretty hard, and it puts them in a position where they really do not know exactly how they are going to stay sober for life. A lot of people say that rehab really is just half the battle, and they are correct in saying that. Rehab really is just half the battle. Actually staying clean and not relapsing is the other half the battle.

Relapse rates in this country now are higher than they ever have been before. Here are some statistics on this, as tabulated and accumulated by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • Recovering addicts who enter into detox and detox only, for about a week to two weeks, only have about a ten to fifteen percent chance of actually staying clean and sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who enter into detox and short-term rehab, spending about twenty-eight days in treatment total, only have about a thirty to forty percent chance of staying clean and sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who enter into detox and long-term rehab, and who are in treatment for anywhere from sixty days to ninety days, have about a fifty to sixty percent chance of staying clean and sober for life.
  • Recovering addicts who enter into detox, long-term rehab, and who engage in long-term aftercare on an outpatient basis for at least six months after graduating their program will have a seventy to eighty percent chance of staying clean and sober for life.
  • Unfortunately, not that many struggling addicts actually go the extra mile to avail themselves of the full width and breadth of services that are available to them when considering the prospect of getting off of drugs and alcohol once and for all and for good. Usually, they take the quick fix route, and they often regret it.

Small Business Owner

A small business owner, being in small business ownership, and going through the various efforts and challenges of basically building a small business from the ground up can be and is a challenge. However, it is also a very good challenge. It is actually my firm belief that this is a challenge that can greatly contribute to a person’s stability in their recovery and in their sobriety, to the point where they are actually able to stay clean and sober for life, in no small part thanks to their commitment and their dedication to their small business.

Starting a small business I have found can be and is one of the greatest ways to stay sober out there. Truly it is. This methodology and this approach to winning out against addiction is a truly stable and absolutely solid approach for really kicking addiction down a notch and for really being able to commit oneself to their business. When a recovered addict becomes an entrepreneur or a small business owner, they really do a number on addiction and any chance they might have had for relapse.

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