Job stability is not at the front of people’s minds when they think of working in a restaurant or hospitality. Most jobs in restaurants have a high turn over for various reasons, but one of them is the rate of addiction. Drinking after hours with colleagues is almost a given in many places. The money may seem good at the time, but most are low-wage jobs with long hours and tough work conditions. Drinking or using drugs may seem the only way to grit through working like that for weeks, months, even years. When someone works their way up to the chef, the challenges don’t stop there. But professional chefs can work to change the culture from within the industry, starting with being sober themselves.
It is not easy to change an entire culture from one way of doing things. It is probably impossible to think this will happen, but it starts with one person. While drinking may seem like it has to happen in order to continue working in the restaurant industry, that is simply not true. If you are a chef working in a restaurant, you carry a bigger responsibility to yourself, the people who work for you, and those you serve in the restaurant. Over time, you may begin to realize that to change culture starts with you. Your recovery is the first thing that matters. Start there and work your way into the external culture (your environment) to begin seeing positive changes.
Create a Positive Space
If you want to challenge others in the industry to make changes, it starts with creating a positive space. This means not allowing people to show up for workers who have been drinking or encouraging drinking on the job or after hours. To whatever extent possible, you need to take control of the environment in which you work and seek out opportunities to build positive energy. Through your own sobriety, you are making waves. You are creating the change others want to see, but may feel they don’t (yet) have a choice. The choice will not be easy. Working in that line of work is stressful and stress may trigger a desire to use. If you want to be creative and positive as a chef, you will have to identify the triggers that keep you from being successfully sober.
Some people can quit on their own, but others benefit from being around others who can help them quit for good. If you are struggling with addiction as a chef, you are not alone. There are places that treat professionals in the kitchen so they have a healing space to come to when seeking sobriety. In order to eliminate stress from your life, it is important to mitigate the circumstances, thoughts, and feelings you have around addiction. The root causes can keep you locked in until you decide to quit for good. Then, it may be time to contact someone who can offer you assistance in making that recovery a reality that sticks.
The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.