Making the choice to get help for a drug addiction issue is a huge and commendable step. Becoming dedicated to your recovery will require determination, focus, willpower, and compromise. The compromise will come in the form of being willing to give up certain people, places, and activities that you have enjoyed in the past. Depending on the type of treatment facility you choose, you may also have to give up some other things that are a bit more unexpected. Your job, for example. If you are planning to enter a residential (also known as inpatient or live-in) treatment program, you are very likely to find that you are unable to leave at will to go anywhere – including to work.
The very nature of a residential drug treatment program is to provide structured, secure, intensive therapy for individuals who are battling serious drug addiction. Residential treatment programs usually begin with a detoxification (“detox”) period. This is because residential programs are most often utilized by those with the most serious addictions, who require detox prior to entering the program to begin treatment. Upon entering the residential program, the client is expected to make a serious commitment to remain in the program until treatment is completed. For this reason, residential drug treatment programs do not generally allow clients to leave the facility on a daily basis to go to work.
MAKING THE COMMITMENT TO INPATIENT REHAB
Contrary to many stereotypes, the majority of people who struggle with addiction are not homeless, unemployed individuals panhandling by the side of the road. They are gainfully employed, often doing a very good job of hiding their addiction from employers and coworkers along with family members and friends until the addiction begins to affect their lives in ways that cannot be ignored. At that point, it becomes necessary to determine the level of treatment needed in order to get clean and get back on track.
If you do the research and determine what the situation requires intensive treatment that can only be provided by a residential program, then it may be necessary for you to take time off work, if this is a possibility. Whether it is a leave of absence or vacation days you will need to make sure that you are fully available to make the commitment that the program requires. Once your treatment has started, walking away will be difficult and ill-advised. You may tell yourself that you can return at a later time, but you are playing a dangerous game with your addiction by doing this.
YOUR RECOVERY IS WORTH IT
In the most extreme cases, it may become necessary to quit your job and plan to find a new one once you have completed the program. Your recovery is the single most important thing in your life as it can actually save your life. Without your recovery, all of the other things, people, dreams, goals, plans in your life will be lost when you finally succumb to your addiction. This may seem like a rather macabre outlook, but it is the harsh reality of the situation when addiction is involved.
Committing to a residential drug treatment program is just that: a commitment. It is not the most convenient option for everyone. For some, it is not an option at all. Luckily, inpatient rehab is not the only option for dealing with addiction. This means you can take part in an effective, structured outpatient treatment program while still seeing to your daily responsibilities, such as going to work. For those who have families who depend on their income, outpatient services are the best choice.
FINDING TREATMENT THAT WORKS WITH YOUR SCHEDULE
Many outpatient programs are considered to be intensive, with more frequent and thorough drug testing that other programs. While they work with their clients to accommodate their scheduling needs with regard to work requirements, clients are still held to strict programming guidelines. Scheduled check-ins, meetings, group sessions, one-on-one counseling, and family/relationship counseling when necessary, are all requirements that must be met. Many programs even have staff members who show up at a client’s place of employment “undercover” in order to verify that the client is in fact at work. In some instances, the client may even be required to submit to a drug test while on the job. This is generally done if the client works somewhere that serves alcohol, like a restaurant, for example. In instances like this, the client usually opts to let their employer know that they are taking part in a treatment program and that this is a requirement. Most employers are actually understanding about this, and applaud their employee’s responsible behavior in getting treatment.
While inpatient rehab doesn’t allow you to leave to go to work, there are still several options for you to choose from to help you overcome your addiction and get your life on track. Help is just a phone call away. Give us a call and let us help you 833-762-3739.