What Kind of Rehab Options Are Available Through a Labor Union?

You know that you need help with your addiction. What are your options for getting help? You can try to go off your drug of choice or alcohol by yourself. But you’ve probably tried that before with little success. Plus, if you’ve been imbibing in your favorite chemical for some time, your body is going to fight you all the way. Some folks have even died trying to go off drugs or alcohol with no medical help. Your main concern may be how to pay for your time at rehab. If you work for a labor union, will you be able to go to rehab? What kinds of rehab options are available through a labor union? You most likely have health insurance through your labor union’s benefits. The good news is that these health benefits also cover drug and alcohol rehab services in most cases.

You may be able to continue to work and attend an outpatient rehab program. Outpatient rehabs remain a viable option for many people who need to stay at home and take care of business while getting clean and sober. On the other hand, inpatient treatment programs allow a person to detox and work on themselves in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Plus, inpatient treatment is more successful statistically than is outpatient treatment.


If you’ve been using your drug of choice for a while or have been drinking for a significant period, you’ll most likely need to go through a period of detoxing to get your body free from drugs or alcohol’s influence. It’s just not safe physical or mentally to attempt drug or alcohol withdrawal without medical help. Many rehabs offer drug and alcohol detox as a part of their treatment programs. It may take you from a week to two weeks to get the unwanted chemicals out of your system. We can, in most cases, lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms that may occur during this time. But after withdrawal is completed, you can start your new drug and alcohol-free life with a clear mind.
What happens during drug or alcohol treatment? Once the detox phase of drug treatment is completed, you can start learning more about yourself. Upon entering your treatment program, you’ll be interviewed and asked many questions. Now is not the appropriate time to lie or gloss over certain aspects of your life. Now is the time to provide factual answers to the best of your ability. The staff at your chosen treatment facility only wants to help you make your life better without abusing drugs and alcohol. They are there to help you. So help them by giving them some straight answers about your lifestyle and behaviors.

Dual Diagnosis Rehab Treatment

You’ll attend individual and group counseling while you’re at rehab. A caring and concerned counselor will assist you in sorting out the issues of your life, helping you understand why you began to use drugs or drink too much, and help you on your way to becoming a long-term drug-free person. During individual counseling, you may discover an unknown mental health problem that you’ve been self-medicating. You’ll get help with treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety at rehab. Once you have been properly diagnosed, the proper medications can be provided for you, to help you function in better in daily life.

Group counseling allows you to gain real life experience in dealing with drug and alcohol cravings. No one knows an addict better than another addict. When participating in group counseling sessions, you can get constructive advice on living without alcohol or drugs in your daily life. Group counseling provides the valuable assistance you need to stay sober.

Activities and Aftercare

A significant part of treatment includes education and activities that help addicts develop alternative interests besides drinking and alcohol.

Many of these activities surround such goals as:
• Self- expression activities like art.
• Relaxation techniques.
• Rebuilding the damage that chemical abuse has caused to the body and mind.
• Developing life skills and job skills.
• Learning ways to socialize that don’t include getting high.
• Learning ways to blow off steam or frustrations without substance abuse.

Aftercare is the final section of a treatment program. During aftercare, a person is given the tools to find a job, acquire adequate housing and keep counseling going after they are discharged from rehab. You know you need to go to treatment. Give us a quick call at 833-762-3739 for more information about whether your labor union can help you with rehab today.