The addiction rehabilitation business has been expanding at an ever increasing rate. The growth is fueled by the pace of life and the availability of avenues for those who are predisposed to addiction. The high cost of addictive behavior is forcing the addicted subject to address their issues more directly. Additionally, the direction of the court’s system seems to be to sentence a first-time criminal abuser to recovery or treatment versus sentences that involve incarceration.
Why should you be a part of this growing and trending business?
You care about the broken
First and foremost, you should have a heart for the broken. Many of the people who enter into this business have been through the ringer themselves. Having been an addict is not a requirement by any means, but having an empathetic understanding for those who are entering into treatment helps.
The more you care for people, the more you can truly hear them, and the more likely you are to have an impact on their lives. If you care about the lives that enter your facility, you can be a difference maker in their lives and the lives of those around them. That passion for the broken will be the drive behind your success in this field.
You hate addiction
If you have seen the consequences of addiction, the real cost to families, individuals, and society, you can’t help but hate what addiction does. That hatred can be one of the driving forces for you to be a part of defeating this evil. That passion for seeing addiction eradicated will drive you and sustain you through the hard times that are a part of this business.
You are thick skinned
You will be dealing with some of the very worst characteristics of man. You will see people in their very lowest, most tragic circumstances. You will hear stories, real stories, of lives gone sideways that will chill you and anger you to the depths of your soul. Because of your gifts and drive, you will be able to make a difference in the middle of it all.
You are capable
It is not enough to merely want or desire; you have to be able. You must have the qualities of leadership that allow you to lead others and lead a business well. You have to be responsible and alert; you have to able to market, understand the fiscal situation and lead employees and patients equally.
You are available
The recovery business is not a part-time field; you have to be able to enter this thoroughly and comprehensively. You have to have the fiscal support and the ability to enlist others into this passion as well. Coming into this business is a giant step into a complex field, and you have to be able to accept the challenges wholly and completely.
If you can meet these challenges, you are well on your way to entering one of the most rewarding careers there is. Be passionate, be real, and lead well, and you can be very successful developing an addiction rehabilitation center.