Why use RetrofitCareers?

Why recruit those in recovery?

Those in successful recovery are more grateful for a second chance!
They are more highly motivated to work because employment grants the opportunity to get their lives back.
They are more loyal and committed to the employer willing to give them a chance and help them achieve financial, social and personal stability.

David Sack, M.D. APA (2012) Hiring Employees In Recovery:
A Business Advantage?. Psych Central

Those in recovery from substance use disease are usually of a higher intellect and higher IQ, and are more creative!

David Sack, M.D. APA (2012) Hiring Employees In Recovery:
A Business Advantage?. Psych Central

One study indicates a 76% increase in productivity, a 76% decrease in absenteeism, and a 91% decrease in incidents of arriving late or leaving early.

Julie Bowles, Edgewood Health Network, Moods Magazine, 2016

Welcome to ecoverycareers.com and thanks for allowing us to introduce you to a valuable new talent pool of potential employees.

Recovery is your business. It makes business sense.

Why use ecoverycareers.com?

Fact is, whether you have ten employees, a hundred or a thousand or more, statistics show that nearly 10% of your current employees are actively struggling with a drug or alcohol problem. What’s more, over half of all American adults have a personal family history of problem alcohol or drug use, and that includes your employees. Chances are, you as a business owner, corporate officer or HR professional, know someone who is currently dealing with active substance use disease, are in active rehabilitation or treatment, or, have maintained successful sobriety for years, even decades. It never goes away, and is never cured (as of 2018). It’s a fact of life, and has been, throughout history.

While thousands who suffer from substance use disease are fortunate to achieve sobriety successfully through any number of available programs; 12-step programs, inpatient/outpatient rehab facilities and programs, ongoing psychological counseling and more, most of those programs “stop” at the point of achieving and maintaining sobriety through a given program itself. And little else.

That’s where ecoverycareers comes in.

Our mission is to help those with substance use disease find and sustain a Work/Life balance in successful recovery.

ecoverycareers defines “Successful Recovery” as simply, “One who has an incurable disease of drug and/or alcohol addiction and has successfully maintained uninterrupted, continuous sobriety for 90-days or more with no events of relapse.”

Our reason for being is to provide a direct online portal for those in “successful” drug or alcohol recovery to find meaningful employment to sustain their own Work/Life balance. In turn, we want to provide you, as a business owner, officer or HR professional, a direct online portal to pro-actively seek and find valuable employees who are in “successful” drug or alcohol abuse recovery.

With ecoverycareers success, we further aim to provide social programs and resources (through our sister nonprofit organization, RetrofitCareers.org) to many in successful substance abuse recovery in order to further an individual’s own personal Work/Life balance and positive self-esteem and self-worth. Ultimately, as fellow business owners, we anticipate you will find valuable new employees from our job pool that will further add to your business’s growth, succes and profitability. 

The Benefits of using ecoverycareers as a valuable Recruitment tool…

Employees actively in recovery from a substance use disorder save a company more than $3,200 a year!

Alexa Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune, 2017

“Former drug users and alcoholics make the best employees”

Iain Duncan Smith, Great Britain, Secretary of State for Work
& Pensions, 2013

“There’s almost nothing else that can rebuild self-esteem more than being able to go to work and support yourself and your family. There’s a much higher chance of them staying in recovery than relapsing.”

Doug Kiker, NE Times, Philadelphia, 2018

Every RetrofitCareers job posting is 100% tax deductible as a normal recruitment business expense.

Did you know?

  • You may already be participating in the recovery effort and have profited from those efforts. An EAP program as part of your insurance and benefits package already assists in reducing the impact of drug and alcohol use in your workforce and have experienced improvements in morale and productivity.
  • EAP and Drug-Free Workplace programs result in employees and family members decrease in use of medical benefits which reduces your insurance premiums in the long-run.
  • Former drug users and alcoholics make better employees according to a 2013 study in Great Britain.
  • Former drug users and alcoholics are extremely grateful for a second chance and are highly motivated to work hard and get their lives back.
  • Former addicts and alcoholics are normally more committed to your business and display more loyalty as a result of your willingness to help them achieve financial, social and personal stability. That’s the “Work/Life” balance!
  • Former addicts and alcoholics are more punctual for work and take less sick days.
  • Research shows you’ll often find an employee with a higher intellect with an above average IQ and are more creative.
  • Employees actively in recovery from SUD saves a company more than $3,200.00 a year! And that goes to your bottom line.

And in the end, everybody wins!

1-in-10 Americans used an illicit drug in the past 30-days.

2014, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Drug abuse and addiction cost Americans close to $200 Billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal and lost workplace production/productivity.

2007, The Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

Any company can lose about $48,000 a year in costs associated with lost time, insurance coverage and job turnover due to drug and alcohol abuse.

National Safety Council estimate

According to the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD), drug & alcohol abuse costs employers $81-Billion every year!

Almost 80% of individuals suffering from substance use disorders struggle with alcohol abuse.

2014, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

How to use ecoverycareers?

Just like any other jobsite you may or may not have previously used to find and attract new candidates for any number of hundreds of possible jobs, just press the POST-A-JOB button to set-up an account and begin posting jobs within minutes. It’s that easy and seamless.

Here are a few tips to consider and remember when using ecoverycareers as a significant resource to your recruitment efforts…

  1. As with any other recruitment website, headhunter, employment agency or referral, nobody, including ecoverycareers, can or will guarantee that an individual will be a successful employee for any given period of time. All information; employment history, education, personal information, criminal history, etc. submitted by any candidate may or may not be true and accurate and usually can be verified through normal background checks and/or testing you’ve always used to screen and hire new employees.
  2. While an individual’s job application and submission to use of ecoverycareers is entirely voluntary, as with any other prospective employee you receive through any other recruitment tool, because of the applicant’s use to apply for your given job position, you will automatically know where they come from. As with any other prospect, you still interview, question, consider, test, drug or background screen and evaluate the candidate. In the end, you always have the only and last decision to hire or not. But realize by using ecoverycareers as a viable and important recruitment resource for valuable new employees, you have done some part to help those in drug and/or alcohol recovery possibly achieve that “Work/Life” balance.
  3. ecoverycareers is committed to successfully pairing employees in recovery with employers who are willing to help them achieve that “Work/Life Balance”. To that end, we encourage employers and all businesses to help us by offering any suggestions on how we can make using ecoverycareers a better experience.

Thank you for your support!

The ecoveryCareers Family

Over half of all American adults have apersonal family history of problem drinking or alcohol addiction.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces soared to more than 30% in 2016, as the struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic migrates to the workplace.

December 2017,
The Wall Street Journal