Updated: Aug 17, 2018
One day this spring, Carrie dropped a binder full of business and entrepreneurial research down on her Pathway Navigator’s desk. She said, “One day, I’m going to start my own drug-recovery coaching business to help other people like me.”
Carrie had been a severe drug addict for decades, and acquired multiple felonies because of her addiction. After being release from prison this spring, she came to AccessAbility to begin her new life. She gained immediate work experience on the Imagine Design production team, and received comprehensive employment readiness coaching, including building a resume, writing a cover letter, exploring career interests, and mastering job interview skills.
Carrie’s determination and work ethic is apparent in other areas of her life. Not only has she been sober for over a year, but she graduated from drug rehabilitation on the honor roll, currently serves in a leadership position on a community advisory board through her treatment center, and volunteers as a drug recovery support person.
Using the interview, interpersonal, and workplace skills she learned at AccessAbility, along with her innate passion and determination, Carrie landed a job working as a chemical dependency technician at a government drug treatment center. She uses her first-hand experience recovering from addiction to support others through the recovery process.
She humbly credits AccessAbility for giving her the job-interview skills she needed to land a job in her chosen field. She says, “It’s not just my success, it’s our success, since you guys gave me the skills to get through the interview and get the job.”
Carrie is well on her way to achieving her ambitious vocational dreams despite her past. She says of her new job and new life, “I still don’t believe all of this is real. I couldn’t have done it without you!”
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