Seeking help for drug or substance abuse does not always require you to check in to an inpatient rehabilitation treatment center or facility. While inpatient programs require you to live within the premises throughout your entire program, outpatient programs are also widely available. Choosing an outpatient rehabilitation program is optimal for those who are seeking help with their addictions but also own homes, have jobs, or have families to care for each day. Understanding how an outpatient rehab facility can help you to find work or return to your current place of employment after completing your designated program is essential to gain peace of mind while working towards a life of sobriety.
The Importance of Aftercare Services
Anytime you enroll in an outpatient rehabilitation program it is important to inquire about aftercare services and resources. Aftercare services and programs are essential to minimize the risk of individuals relapsing or falling back into the use of drugs and alcohol. Aftercare programs often include solutions such as:
- Sponsorship Meetings: Obtaining and/or becoming a sponsor is one of the best ways to stick to your goals of leading a sober lifestyle. Sponsorship meetings are useful tools to help engage with others who are living a life of sobriety while also gaining support from others who want to see you succeed. Obtaining a sponsor provides you with a resource that is available 24/7 whenever you are struggling or facing obstacles that are relevant to your sobriety.
- Group Therapy: Group therapy sessions are also highly beneficial for those who have completed both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs. Group therapy is extremely helpful to learn more about expressing yourself, speaking about addiction, and listening to the stories of others who have experienced similar situations. With group therapy, share the challenges you face each day without fear of being shamed, guilted, or judged by others.
- Individual Counseling: Spend time in individual counseling and therapy sessions to work one-on-one with an addiction specialist or licensed therapist. Many outpatient programs provide resources that help with setting up appointments and following through with appointments you have made. Meeting with a therapist or an addiction specialist regularly is a way to stay on track to reaching and achieving your goals when it comes to your sobriety. Discover the root cause of your addictions while working with an addiction specialist.
Will an Outpatient Rehab Facility Help Find Work?
Yes! Many outpatient rehab programs will either directly assist you in the search for a new position or they provide resources that help with seeking leads and available jobs near you. Always inquire about job-seeking resources from each individual outpatient rehab program or facility you are interested in.
What if I Am Already Employed?
An RTWA, or Return-To-Work-Agreement, is often drafted up by employers who are willing to take an employee back once they have completed their inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. Most RTWAs will include stipulations and requirements that must be abided by for the employee to remain employed after they have returned. If possible, speak directly to your employer to learn more about your options before choosing an outpatient rehab center or treatment program that is right for you.
Do I Have Rights if I am Unfairly Terminated?
In many instances, it is illegal to fire an employee due to them seeking assistance with a drug or substance abuse problem. Under the ADA, or American Disabilities Act, individuals who are disabled or require substance abuse treatment are protected from wrongful termination while they are seeking help to survive. Research the current state you reside and work in to determine whether or not your state is an “At Will” state. “At Will” states provide employers with the ability to hire and fire employees without a stated reason, which may limit your options when seeking assistance from a rehabilitation program.
It is also advisable to speak with your employer directly regarding your options while discussing potential outpatient programs that fit well with your current work schedule. Are you seeking an outpatient care facility that is willing to work with your current employer to prevent loss of work? Do you want to get your addiction under control without risking your current income and your ability to survive? Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to get in touch with one of our experienced representatives. Call 833-762-3739 for more information regarding our current outpatient programs and to discover how we can help to get your life back on track, even if you are currently employed and in dire need of assistance.