Money For Lunch – How To Battle Drug Addiction Without Losing Your Job

How To Battle Drug Addiction Without Losing Your Job

October 14, 2016 10:47 AM0 commentsViews: 20

Avoiding treatment for a drug addiction problem will do more damage to you in the long run. The longer you fight getting treatment, the more time you will spend recovering from the physical, mental, and financial problems your addiction can cause. The biggest problem a person tends to have with getting treatment is their inability to put their life on hold to receive the treatment. Fortunately, it is possible for you to do things such as take a leave of absence from your job to get treatment for your addiction and still have a job to return to after your treatment is complete.

Start By Understanding Your Addiction

A person does not immediately arrive at the decision to go to a rehab center to receive substance abuse treatment. First, you have to understand your addiction and accept the fact that it is a problem. For starters, just focus on how your addiction affects your job. Are you neglecting your responsibilities at work? Have you developed a bad relationship with your employer? Are you missing work or coming in late? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider a rehabilitated treatment plan.

Be Aware Of Your Rights

Addiction is an illness. Some even classify alcoholism as a disease. You have rights when it comes to being an employee who needs time off to battle his or her addiction, and it is important for you to know what those rights are.

Your ADA Rights: Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) your employer is not allowed to discriminate against you because of a disability. The ADA does make it possible for employers to have work environments that are free of drugs and alcohol, but it also protects employees and alcoholics who have made the tough decision to recover from their addiction from being discriminated against as well.

Your FMLA Rights: If you qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you are entitled to take an absence of 12 unpaid work weeks without losing your job. While the FMLA is typically used for family or medical reasons, someone who needs drug or alcohol abuse treatment can also use it.

Talk To Your Employer

While this task may seem both scary and intimidating, you have to talk to your employer (or an HR manager). It is always better to speak to management about your problem sooner rather than later. Find out if your employer has a drug and alcohol policy. If they do not have a policy for employees battling addiction, check out the company’s healthcare policy for sick employees. You have to be open and honest with your employer. Your employer needs to know that you recognize your addiction is causing a problem, want to get treatment, and need to have a job to return to after receiving treatment.

Be Prepared For After Rehab As Well

In addition to knowing how to prepare for rehab, you need to know what to expect after your substance abuse treatment is over. During your treatment, chances are pretty good you had someone watching over you to make sure you didn’t slip back into a bad habit. Now, you are back in control. You have to make sure you stay away from your substance of choice. This means finding ways to manage your stress and finding hobbies to enjoy during your free time. After your treatment is complete, you should know what triggered your desire to need your substance of choice in the first place. Avoid your triggers.

Having a substance addiction does not make you a bad person. You have rights. These rights make it possible for you to receive treatment and still have a life and a job to return to.

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