Leaving Work to Go to Rehab

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Leaving Work to Go To Rehab

It can be a very hard choice to make. Do you consider leaving work to go to rehab, possibly risking your job or career? Or, are you better off trying to ignore the increasing signs of addiction? 

Are you struggling with this decision and looking for some guidance? Look no further, as we explore this common quandary that thousands of people face every day.

Do You Need Rehab?

To question whether you need to go to rehab, consider how many of the following signs of addiction you see in yourself:

  • You can’t stop using the substance, even when you want to.
  • You need to use more of the substance now to achieve the desired effects.
  • Your work performance is declining.
  • Your world revolves around substance use: planning, using, and recovering.
  • You neglect your appearance and hygiene.
  • You miss a lot of work, skip work events; are late to meetings.
  • You lie to people about your substance use.
  • You don’t fulfill your responsibilities.
  • You avoid friends and family in favor of substance use.
  • You purchase drugs from illicit sources or steal them.
  • You show physical signs of addiction, such as weight loss or pinpoint pupils.
  • You notice withdrawal symptoms in the morning or at work where you can’t use.

The more of the signs of addiction you recognize in yourself, the more severe the addiction is. If you see at least five signs on that list that apply to you, a residential treatment program is the best setting.

Maybe you only see two signs that apply to you. Someone in the earliest phase of substance abuse may be able to stop using the substance on their own. If the substance misuse isn’t serious, your doctor may guide your through a brief at-home detox. After that, an outpatient patient rehab can offer resources to continue working on your newfound sobriety. Also, joining a local 12-step group offers added support and fellowship to reinforce sobriety.

Can You Get Fired for Going to Rehab?

The idea of getting fired for going to rehab is a myth. Employers cannot fire you for seeking out life-saving treatment. In fact, there are strict laws in place that protect workers from being punished for going to rehab.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) established protections that prevent an employee from being fired due to getting treatment. Likewise, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) permits employees twelve weeks medical leave for detox and rehab.

You can, however, be fired for using drugs or alcohol while at work. Companies have clearly stated policies about a substance-free workplace in order to protect all employees. If that policy is violated, your employer is within their rights to terminate you.

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If You Are Leaving Work to Go to Rehab, Here’s How to Prepare

Planning and preparation are helpful for smoothing out the process of going off to rehab. Here are some actions to take in advance of going to rehab:

  1. Check your insurance. The financial implications of getting treatment are something that warrants your attention. Contact your health insurer and ask about what services are covered and for how long, Also, ask them what the approximate out of pocket expense will be. Contact our Admissions team for a free insurance check.
  2. Talk to your employer. It’s time to have that sit down with the boss and request a leave of absence. In most cases, they are already aware that you have a substance problem, and will be glad you’re getting help.
  3. Research treatment programs. You insurer will provide a list of in-network rehabs that you can check out. Visit their websites and scroll through images of the facility and rooms, and see what services they offer.
  4. Set up support. If you have children and will need childcare or school transportation, be sure to get that all planned in advance.

Do You Have to Leave Work to Go to Rehab?

If your substance use disorder is mild, an outpatient program is a worthy option to explore. Outpatient programs are available in various levels of care, which dictates the time investment. In many cases, these programs also provide services in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Outpatient rehabs are a good option for someone who cannot take a long leave of absence from work, but who is still committed to sobriety. The treatment elements are similar to a residential program, although you will reside at home outside of treatment hours.

What to Expect at Rehab

Rehab can be a life-changing experience – one that offers you renewed hope and purpose. To achieve that goal, you will be involved in these activities while in rehab:

  • Drug & Alcohol detox. Detox and withdrawal management jumpstarts the recovery process. As symptoms emerge, medical interventions are provided to greatly reduce discomfort.
  • One-on-one therapy. You’ll meet privately with a licensed psychotherapist to examine dysfunctional thought patterns and then set new goals. Any co-occurring mental health challenge is also addressed during these sessions.
  • Group therapy. Meeting in small groups offers members to chat about their own experiences and discuss topics related to recovery.
  • Family or couples therapy. It is helpful to long-term recovery success to have loved ones join you during your time in treatment.
  • 12-step support and non 12 step options. The tenets of the 12-Step program are introduced in rehab or you can opt to follow the non 12 step track which includes a completed evidence based focus.
  • Classes. During treatment you’ll learn new coping skills and techniques to reduce stress. You will be guided to design a personal relapse prevention plan.
  • Holistic treatment. In treatment, the mind-body connection is critical. Holistic methods help you to explore new insights about yourself which enhance the recovery journey.

Stepping Down to Outpatient Rehab

After you have finished the inpatient rehab program, it is always advisable to step down to an outpatient program. This offers you the ongoing support during the early months of recovery when you may encounter challenges that threaten sobriety.

Outpatient services include group therapy, life skills classes, support meetings, and couples counseling.

Capo by the Sea Luxury Addiction Recovery Program

Capo by the Sea is a faith-based, premier addiction treatment program that provides top-tier treatment modalities within a luxury setting. If you are concerned about leaving work to go to rehab, please reach out to us today at (888) 529-2114