Quote from KaseyJo
Many psych positions as well as the obvious chemical dependency nursing positions are very accepting as long as you have maintained your sobriety.
True that...but please don't think that your being in recovery means that you have a lock on a CD job or that it will be easy.
I've seen staff unable to keep their own recovery separate from their patients'...and this includes staff with lengthy periods (decades!) of recovery. The patients need to find their own path to recovery and they may choose to do things differently than you did. Or they may have different beliefs than you. Or they may make the same mistakes over and over despite your teaching and the fact that doing X and Y worked for you. Or they keep relapsing because they haven't hit their bottom yet. Or they flat-out are not interested in recovery and are there because they were coerced by family/friends/employers, were brought in by the authorities, or they just wanted three hots and a cot.
Sometimes staff confuse their recovery with the patient's, feeling that the patient's recovery is about them as well as the patient...and this can negatively influence how they treat the patient.
Also, depending on the type of job you get in addictions, you may be giving out controlled substances. This is particularly true for acute detox for most substances, and for tapering benzo addicts off their drugs. For long-term recovery programs, not so much. But CD positions aren't necessarily narc-free.
There are lots of staff in recovery that do very well in this setting, so definitely look at these places! But keep what I said in mind as the grains of salt. And remember that your recovery should come above all else.