Finding a job can be one of the hardest things to accomplish during recovery. It can be especially difficult while you’re still in rehab. In addition to the stigma of addiction, addicts often have little or no employment history or criminal records. Add the time necessary for treatment and meetings and it can be hard even to work a job into your recovery schedule.

Two enterprising employers however -- one in Denver, Colorado and the other in Lexington, Kentucky -- are helping to change that paradigm. Not only by hiring people in recovery, but by showing the world that people in recovery can be assets to their businesses -- and to the community at-large.

Forged Modern

The first we’d like to cite is Denver’s Forged Modern. Interior designer John Moinzad started the high-end furniture line to provide a second chance for those recovering from substance abuse and in order to help erase the stigma of addiction.

Moinzad, himself a recovering alcoholic, knows well of what he does. And Forged Modern combines his work with his own experience with alcohol addiction.

“Quite frankly my career before gave me the ability to change people’s lifestyle,” Moinzad told CBS Denver. “This gives me the opportunity to change their lives.”

And how. Every piece in Forged Modern’s collection is either built by or connected to someone in recovery. And every piece proves that the recovery community provides a large and able talent pool.

“There’s some emotion behind their work and there is passion behind their work," said Moinzad. "Because they have been discouraged for a long time." And Forged Modern perfectly illustrates that fact.

DV8 Kitchen

Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen takes a page from Forged Modern and goes even further.

DV8 was started by Rob and Diane Perez after they’d lost 13 employees to addiction over a 10-year period. The restaurant “not only hires people in treatment for addiction to opioids or other substances, but also focuses its entire business model on recovery, using the restaurant setting as a tool for rehabilitation.”

The couple also hire from and work directly with three nearby treatment centers. That adds an additional level of accountability for employees.

“We are not certified experts on this, nor do we claim to be,” Ms. Perez told The New York Times. “We are just providing the piece of the puzzle that is giving people a job right away when they are getting clean.”

The job isn’t just a job either. DV8 employees typically train and work in various aspects of the restaurant before finding their niche.

“There’s customer service, culinary, baking, finances,” Mr. Perez said. “We can teach you any of these businesses from scratch.”

Baking seems to be the most therapeutic positions at DV8. “There is something magic about kneading the dough side by side with someone else, not making eye contact,” he said. “It is very tactile and freeing.”

It has also helped the restaurant succeed. DV8 now sells their fresh-baked bread wholesale to other Lexington restaurants, and the eatery’s “hefty cinnamon rolls, [which are] made with croissant dough to add more labor to the process, have drawn a cult following.”

Erasing the Stigma of Addiction

We at Recovery Boot Camp wish to applaud both Forged Modern and DV8 Kitchen for hiring workers from the recovery community. As an addiction treatment center that daily sends its clients out into the workplace, we know well how important a job is to recovery. As a facility that’s fully-staffed by people in recovery, we know well how much the recovery community can contribute to society. Fortunately, Delray Beach offers the recovering addict more job opportunities than most places. And we’re grateful for the many nearby businesses that are willing to open their arms to the recovering addict. We also pray for the day when the stigma of addiction is erased and the benefits of hiring an ex-addict are realized -- everywhere.

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