Courses for Those in Recovery for Substance Abuse

Join a community that offers hope – with a plan.

When a person first attempts to get sober and looks around at the wreckage their substance use disorder left in its wake, the thought of rebuilding can seem so overwhelming that it keeps them trapped in the vicious cycle of drinking or using.

Breaking the chains of
Substance Abuse

Putting down the substance is only the first step in recovery. When you stop drinking or using, all the feelings you were numbing with substances suddenly come flooding back. Not only that, but you’re likely facing a litany of consequences – broken relationships, lost jobs, financial troubles, legal issues, health issues, and more – that are anxiety provoking in and of themselves.

Most of us are simply not equipped to deal with these challenges on our own, so it’s no surprise that when we refuse to reach out for help and try to go it alone, we stumble.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 19.7 million American adults battled a substance use disorder in 2017.[1]

Addictive disorders disrupt relationships with family and friends and often cause people to lose their jobs and housing. A 2008 survey by the United States Conference of Mayors pointed to substance abuse as the single largest cause of homelessness for single adults. [2]

More than half of the prison population and two-thirds of the sentenced jail population report drug dependence or abuse, compared to just 5% of the adult general population. [3]

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Our Approach

Helping You Help Yourself

Our programming is catered to men and women who are new in recovery, as well as those with longer-term sobriety who are struggling to gain traction. 2nd Opportunity isn’t a substitute for a treatment center or 12-step recovery program; rather, we pick up where they leave off by building your self-efficacy and coping skills while empowering you to improve your life.

Whether you believe it yet or not, you already have the inherent abilities and talent you need to create the kind of life you want and deserve. We’re just here to be your guide, helping you build (or rebuild) your confidence, providing resources and referrals to get you back on your feet, and arming you with the skills and tools you need to start down a positive new path and weather the twists and turns.

Program Offerings

We recommend that you take our three courses in sequence presented below. Because we believe the content is so valuable and don’t want you to miss any of it, we offer a discounted rate when you sign up for the three-course program bundle. Here’s what to expect for each:

A Path Forward©

A program designed for anyone seeking a fresh start, including individuals faced with rebuilding their lives as they work to overcome an addiction, people looking to move on following a divorce or death, and those who are simply struggling to get traction in their lives. The most comprehensive of our three courses, A Path Forward© includes two hours of video instruction, a 42-page workbook, and activities and quizzes to reinforce the material covered.

Your program presenter will guide you through:

  • Examining trauma and its impact on your behavior
  • Understanding the essential concepts and challenges of starting over
  • Defining what success means to you and what really matters in your life
  • Crafting your story and talking about potential employment gaps on job interviews
  • Being part of a team and dealing with workplace conflict
  • And much more

A Path to Financial Freedom©

A program designed to teach participants the fundamentals of finance needed to function in today’s world. The course includes 90 minutes of video instruction, a 23-page workbook, and activities and quizzes to ensure participants are absorbing the material.

Basic skills covered include:

  • Budgeting
  • Operating a checking account
  • Paying taxes
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Filling out employment forms
  • Establishing credit
  • And much more

Values-Aligned Goal Setting©

An interactive workshop designed to help people reevaluate and rebuild while recovering from a substance use disorder or negative life-changing event. Participants will have access to two hours of video instruction, a 35-page workbook, and quizzes, activities and goal-setting worksheets that participants can refer back to as they progress through their career and life goals.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine your values
  • Set “bedrock” and “building” goals
  • Identify potential obstacles to reintegrating into society
  • Develop and pursue a meaningful career path
  • And much more

Dedicated Support Network

We know firsthand that resources and support are essential to overcoming the challenges of rebuilding your life, which is why enrollment in our programming also includes:


Referrals for employment, housing, substance abuse counseling, and other essential support services.


Skills development courses, lectures and webinars.

Support Groups

Virtual and In-person peer-to-peer meetings and connections.


One-on-one mentoring for those who need additional support.

Get Started
You can access all of 2nd Opportunity’s courses through our website and complete them at your own pace. Still have questions? Feel free to email us or call us at 847-257-2713.

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Recent Success Stories

1. “Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health” (HHS Publication No. SMA 18-5068, NSDUH Series H-53). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018, retrieved from
2. “Substance Abuse and Homelessness.” National Coalition for the Homeless, July 2009,
3. Bronson, Jennifer, Ph.D., and Stroop, Jessica, BJS Statisticians, and Zimmer, Stephanie, and Berzofsky, Marcus, Dr.P.H. “Drug Use, Dependence, And Abuse Among State Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2007-2009.” RTI International, Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2017,