Although there is nothing to be ashamed about regarding a need for addiction treatment, you may still have concerns about how your need for help may be viewed at work. Unfortunately, there is still some stigma that exists about drug addiction, and you may have a job that requires you to always look like you are in control. Alternatively, you may just be a private person who prefers not to make waves in the workplace. Either way, you should know that most companies want their employees to be healthy, and there are laws in place that prevent discrimination at work for mental health issues. However, you can seek treatment discreetly by understanding how to plan your treatment in a way that only has positive effects on your job performance.
Will Ending My Addiction Help My Career?
While you might feel as though you have been able to keep it together, you are likely to discover that your drug addiction has had some negative effects on your career. This is because it becomes increasingly difficult to work at your peak capacity when you are recovering from a hangover, struggling with withdrawal symptoms or focusing on how you will get your next high. As you begin to recover, you will discover that your new sense of energy and motivation helps you make great strides in your career that you never thought were possible before. A few of the benefits that you enjoy at work when you end your addiction include the following:
• Less missed work time from lateness and absences
• Higher levels of motivation
• A fresh outlook on life
• The ability to think clearly
• Fewer physical complaints that interfere with your focus
Do I Have to Let My Job Know I’m Seeking Help for Drug Addiction?
The decision regarding whether or not you tell your job what you are doing is completely up to you. According to the current laws, you are under no obligation to let your employer know that you need treatment for a drug addiction. However, you will need to let your employer know if you need to take time off for work for an extended period of time. While some people are honest about the reason why they need to take leave, others plan their drug addiction treatment as a vacation so that they can maintain higher levels of confidentiality.
Although you do not have to tell your job that you are going to rehab, you will need to let your insurance company know about your treatment. Don’t worry, though. Your health insurance company must comply with the same patient privacy laws that rehab centers follow. Your employer cannot get information about your treatment, even if they pay for a portion of your health insurance.
How Do I Prepare for Treatment Without Losing My Job?
The first thing you need to do to prepare for treatment without losing your job is choose the best option for your needs. Rehab centers offer several different types of treatment programs that include residential stays that require you to take a larger portion of time off work. Outpatient programs still require you to take time off work if your job takes place during the daytime hours, but it can be significantly less compared to a residential stay. If you work nights, then you may be able to seek treatment for your addiction without interfering with your job responsibilities at all. However, due to the intensity of your treatment program, it is typically recommended that you take at least a short break from work if possible so you can focus on your recovery. Often, you can begin with residential treatment and follow up with outpatient care so that your work life experiences less of an impact.
If you need to take time off work for recovery, you must work through your employer’s requirements for taking leave. In most cases, you may need to give them a certain amount of notice unless your treatment is based upon an emergency situation such as an overdose. When you give your work notice, you can choose to let them know that you are going to treatment or just give them a vague answer such as you need time off for health reasons. Then, let them know when you plan to stop working and when you plan to return.
At our treatment center, we value your right to confidentiality. Give us a call at 833-762-3739 to speak with one of our counselors about how to get help without compromising your career.