Struggling with addiction is an exhausting uphill battle that ironically, will only perpetuate your downfall the longer you wait to get help. Maybe you’ve considered getting addiction treatment before, but you’ve been putting it off because you don’t want to take time off from work. Maybe you've thought, “Well I must not be that bad, if I still am employed.” False. Addiction is a serious disease that will ravage your life — and will cause you to lose your job — IF you don’t seek professional treatment for it. It’s illegal for you to be fired if you take it upon yourself to seek substance abuse treatment. If you want to get sober and keep your job, here are a few tips on how to approach your company’s human resources department about seeking addiction treatment.
Speak To People In Recovery
If you’re considering seeking addiction treatment, a helpful tip is to ask advice from others in recovery themselves. Asking about the personal experiences of those who were once in the position you're in now will help you start to talking about your substance abuse problem and also get advice. Admitting to someone else that you are struggling with addiction will take a weight off of your chest and make it a little easier to talk about when you approach HR about taking a leave of absence. Give our caring admissions team, Matt, Brian, and Ashlee a call. They’ve been in your shoes and will not only lend an ear, but provide sound advice!
How to Approach Human Resources About Your Addiction
If you’re currently employed and are planning to take a leave of absence to get professional treatment, let your human resources representative know beforehand. (Ghosting your work isn't the answer.) Email and schedule a time to meet with them instead of slipping into their office casually. This way you’ll be able to prepare yourself for what you’re going to say — and how much you’re going to tell them.
Don’t let your anxiety get the best of you either. Human resources is there to help you and all they want is for you to get better, so you can return to work. Don’t allow your fear of losing your job stop you from getting the help you need. Legally, if you let your human resources know that you want to take a leave of absence to seek professional treatment, they have to allow up to 12 weeks off of work and cannot fire you. When you discuss your situation with them, you also don’t have to share specific details and they can’t dig for details you don’t want to share. All you have to do is let them know you want to take a leave of absence to get addiction treatment.
How Can EAPs Help You Get Addiction Treatment?
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking with your human resources representative, you can let them know you’d like to speak with your company’s EAP or Employee Assistance Program. An EAP is a free program for workers that provide consultation services for any issues that arise within the workplace — including your struggles with substance abuse. Your EAP acts as an unbiased 3rd party that will discuss your options and refer you to addiction treatment programs. They will also communicate with your HR representative, so you don’t have to. For more information about how EAPs can help you get the addiction treatment you deserve, give us a call or check out our blog HERE.
Getting Residential Addiction Treatment
The most important tip is to get help sooner rather than later. Don’t put off talking to your company’s human resources representative about taking a leave of absence to seek residential addiction treatment. At Acqua Recovery, we provide a safe sanctuary for you to remove yourself from your daily life triggers and focus on healing yourself — and not lose your job. Taking time off from work is definitely worthwhile if it will prevent you from being fired AND more importantly save your life. Reach out to Matt, Brian, or Ashlee, our caring admissions team, for more tips on how to approach your work to seek residential addiction treatment.