Seeking Addiction Treatment While Staying Employed

If you’re struggling with addiction, you may already know that treatment is necessary. But there are many obstacles to receiving the proper care. Maybe you can’t afford to take time off to go to an inpatient or partial hospitalization program, or you’re afraid that your employer will find out that you’re receiving treatment.

Although these concerns are valid, there are ways to get the treatment you need and keep your job.

Take Medical Leave

Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may need to spend some time in a residential treatment facility. The first step of treatment is often a detox, and this can be life-threatening if attempted outside a hospital setting. Drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms can cause intense discomfort or even lead to death.

Taking medical leave may be necessary, using either the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or your employer’s disability plan. You could also take paid time off, depending on how much vacation time you have accrued. Most employers will hold your job for you during a leave of absence if you have a good job performance record.

Attend Outpatient Therapy

If your addiction is less severe, you may be able to overcome it through outpatient rehab. This option provides minimal disruption to your work and daily routine. Many treatment centers offer flexible scheduling, including weekend availability, so you can continue working and receive treatment at the same time.

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is similar to outpatient treatment, since it also allows you the flexibility to keep working, but it offers a more structured treatment program that usually consists of at least 3 treatment sessions per week that can each last around 3 hours.

Use Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment is a proven treatment method that uses FDA-approved medications to counter the effects of the substances—primarily opioids—you have been using. This will only work if you’ve already stopped using or you’ve completed an inpatient detox.

Also keep in mind that medications used in Medication Assisted Treatment will show up on random drug tests at your workplace. You may want to inform your employer that you are receiving this treatment beforehand. Otherwise, you could face negative consequences.

Be Honest with Your Employer

Being honest with your employer may be your best option to get the treatment you need and keep your job. Unexplained absences, unscheduled vacation time, and poor job performance are all things that could jeopardize your career.

Your employer may already suspect a potential substance abuse problem, and may even encourage you in your decision to seek treatment. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose your addiction to your employer is up to you.

Flexible Outpatient Programs from Rehab After Work

If you’re looking for an outpatient treatment program that will allow you to keep working, Rehab After Work offers flexible scheduling at our Pennsylvania facilities. We have individual, group, and family therapy, as well as an Addictions Awareness & DUI program for those who need to complete court-required treatment.

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