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Rehab and Work: How to Manage the Two

Once you realize that you have a drug problem, you might find yourself trying to sort through the details of what comes next.  If you have a job, you may wonder if you can balance going to rehab and work at the same time.  Likewise, you may have family responsibilities or other commitments that you must consider when deciding how to address your drug addiction.  At Laguna View Detox, we understand that your life won’t stop while you’re getting clean, and we’re here to find solutions that work.

Can I Go to Rehab Without Quitting My Job?

Roughly ten percent of those who work full or part-time have a substance use disorder. The good news is that this means you’re not the first person seeking to balance rehab and work.  Many people who find themselves addicted to drugs and alcohol cannot simply quit their jobs to go work on getting sober.  In fact, many need to maintain their employment in order to maintain their health insurance to help to pay for rehab.  Most employers are more than well aware of the cost of hiring a new employee and training that employee; that’s good news for you.  Many employers are more interested in working with a current employee than having to train someone new.

Tips for Talking to My Employer About My Addiction 

The steps you take in talking to your employer about your addiction will depend somewhat on the size of the company.  If your company is large enough to have a Human Resources Department, you may want to start there.  The Human Resources Department will be more versed in the procedure for your requesting a leave of absence or taking leave intermittently to attend treatment. You may also want to involve your manager in the discussion.  If your company is not large enough to have a Human Resources Department, you will start with your manager. Depending on the size of the company and the length of your employment, you may be entitled to protection under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  FMLA will help to protect your job while you attend rehab.

Regardless of the size of your company, the discussion may be complicated by any current problems you are having at work.  Current performance or attendance problems will not disappear simply by going to rehab.  However, admitting that you have a drug addiction and explaining that you are seeking help for your addiction may go a long way with many employers. It’s important to note that if you are applying for protection under FMLA, you may be required to tell your employer why you need the time off, but your employer is not allowed to share that information with your coworkers.  Sharing this information would be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It’s also important to note that once you have completed rehab and are sober, you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  No employer can discriminate against you based on past drug use; they can however take action based on current drug use. 

How Laguna View Detox Can Help

At Laguna View Detox, we understand the importance of maintaining your employment while seeking treatment.  We allow our clients access to their cell phones and computers to remain in contact with work.  You can keep your job while you get round the clock care at one of the leading drug rehab centers in Orange County. Our luxurious, inpatient rehab treatment center is located in one of the most beautiful areas in California. We are dedicated to helping you succeed in sobriety. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

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