Many people wonder how they can overcome drug and alcohol use while supporting themselves and their families. These individuals tend to believe that it is an impossible feat. However, the truth is that the balance between holding a job and recovery is oftentimes accomplished. This article will look at some of the things that can help a recovering addict hold down their place of employment while seeking the treatment they require.

Government Protection

Many people are unaware that their job security is protected under the United States federal government. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and The Americans With Disabilities Act are two legislative acts that protect the addicted while they seek recovery.

How do Things Like FMLA Work?

Addiction is considered an illness. FMLA supplies requirements to places of employment that they must follow. If you have been employed with your current employer for at least a year, your place of business has to allow a 12-week medical leave. You can use this medical leave for inpatient rehabilitation. Be sure to let your employer know that you will be using your medical leave for your rehab program.

Although you are protected from losing your job, you are not guaranteed paid leave. Employers are only required to give you 12 weeks of unpaid leave. To supplement income, you can try to apply for short term disability. Employers typically have this available to employees after a duration of employment.

Setting up Inpatient Rehab and FMLA

Overcoming addiction is hard. While setting up your inpatient rehab services be sure to look to other services to help you as well. You can find information on the SAMHSA web page to supplement for help in times of transition.

In order to gain access to the benefits of FMLA, you need to inform your employer of the conditions you face. Use the employee handbook or other information packets to inform yourself of the company procedures in terms of medical leave. You will have to disclose the need for your medical leave; however, you do not have to go into detail as to what treatment you are participating in. To find rehab services near you, use a search engine to search your area. For example, try searching: Gainesville rehab to pull up options in your area.

You can find a full list of FMLA guidelines by following this link.

Consider Outpatient Treatment Options

After you have made your way out of inpatient treatment, you can obtain information on outpatient treatment to ensure that you stay clean. This is a perfect option for those who wish to return to work while seeking treatment. Outpatient therapy consists of things such as therapy sessions, scheduled drug testing, sponsors, and different support groups.

Stay Focused in Rehab

It is vital that you stay focused in rehab. Staying focus mean the difference in long term success and relapse. Balancing your rehab needs with your career can remind you of what is important, and help you reach the goals you have set.

Accepting fault and asking for help is the first step to recovery. By placing yourself in rehab and utilizing the benefits of FMLA, you can keep your job, and support your family all while getting the help you require.

20 replies on “Beating Addiction While at Work

  1. Kally this is AWESOME!

    Thanks so very much for sharing it.

    In my management “life” I always held the thought that companies that take care of their people; will have people who take care of the company.

    Sadly not many companies that I know of agree of and have a like mind as mine.

    God Bless,

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      1. Your post should be beneficial to many we all have addictions in different forms some serious and others not so but still they should be controlled or eliminated. I took Valerian for my nerves and found it did far more than that. Blessings

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        1. Ah you’re so kind in your comments. I write with my mobile and I try to sneak in as much words I can or allow by my baby. Haha. Ideas just keep on popping into my head and once they flow, they don’t stop. I also blog multiple posts at one time, so it save me a lot of time to properly edit them later.

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  2. Kally, this was yet again another amazing post! I have had to deal with FMLA for years and it really can get a little frustrating! Of course, I even have to deal with the aftermath with the judgment calls from my not so lovely co-workers. I will say that FMLA has helped me so much, especially when I have relapse from the MS.

    I will share that my mother has battled addiction my entire life and now my husband does. I never thought either of them could get FMLA for this issue. My husband isn’t actually working at the moment due to depression and addiction. These battles hurt those struggling, but my goodness it causes me SO much pain and stress.

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    1. Thank you so much, Alyssa for sharing your personal experiences. You are a tough cookie and I’m so glad that you are strong and positive. You set such good role model for me.

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  3. This is excellent information to be getting out there! Thanks a lot for sharing this. I struggled with addiction starting in adolescence until I finally was able to get clean when I was 27. It’s amazing to me how little information there is out there for people to get help with addiction. Pieces like this really help out.

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  4. Kally, I am new to the blog world. As an addict myself, I am looking for friends with similar post interests. I like what you have to say, and hope we can be friends 🙂

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