If you’re secretly struggling with substance abuse, you’re not alone. The disease doesn’t discriminate, and anyone can find themselves trapped in its vicious cycle — including people who have full-time jobs. If you’re one of those people who’s sick of trying to get through the day hungover, calling in sick all the time, or counting down until your 5 o’clock drink, know this: You don’t have to live that way any more. There are plenty of addiction treatment tips and resources for the working professional, and here are just a few:
Get Substance Abuse Help Sooner Rather Than Later
Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and ultimately fatal disease. Just like any other disease of that nature, it will only get worse if you wait to treat it. Worse, you could end up dead before you even ask for help. It’s imperative to seek help sooner rather than later for your addiction, even if that means taking time off from work. It IS possible to overcome addiction with the right treatment, and by taking the time you need to heal.
Know Your Rights for Addiction Treatment
Maybe you know you need to get help and you don’t want to keep living this way, but you’re not sure you can take time off from work for addiction treatment. Are you afraid you could get fired if you ask for help? You needn’t be.
Learn your rights as an addicted employee in the workplace. Legally, you can’t be fired for taking a leave of absence to get professional addiction treatment. It’s best to take a leave of absence for substance abuse treatment as soon as possible, however, and definitely BEFORE you are reprimanded or let go due to your drug or alcohol use.
To take time off to get help, you might start by approaching your company’s human resources department. Send an email saying you’d like to meet with them to let them know you’re struggling. If you are upfront and honest, most companies must legally allow you up to 12 weeks of leave for addiction treatment. Don’t feel comfortable sharing your substance abuse issues with your HR representative? You can instead approach your Employee Assistance Program, if your company has one. If your company is small and doesn’t have HR or an EAP, talk to your manager.
Using EAPs to Get Help with Addiction
An Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, is a free program provided to working professionals that need resources for medical, substance abuse, mental health, legal issues and much more. Instead of telling your HR rep about your secret struggles with alcohol or drugs, you can simply ask them for the contact information for your company’s EAP. Your EAP will then run point on your situation.
Depending on your company’s specific contract, you can receive a designated number of free consultations through the EAP. The program will provide you with referrals to addiction treatment programs, such as substance abuse counseling, medical detox, residential addiction treatment, or Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). By asking your EAP for help, you’ll not only receive non-judgmental and unbiased help; but also, they can even communicate with your HR on your behalf if you don’t feel comfortable speaking with them yourself.
Want to know what other services your EAP can provide you? Give us a call today, and we can help walk you through it. At Acqua Recovery, our mission is to help those struggling with addiction in any way possible. Why? Because we’ve been there ourselves and we know it is possible to renew your life in recovery.
Taking a Leave of Absence for Residential Addiction Treatment
While there are a number of different types of addiction treatment programs — each with their own time commitment — residential addiction treatment programs are some of the most successful for individuals struggling with addiction. Residential addiction treatment programs can range from 30 to 90 days or more, and allow for you to be in a safe environment away from your typical life triggers and your substance of choice. This allows you to take the time you need to heal, and to start a better life in recovery.
At Acqua Recovery, we use a trauma-informed holistic approach to addiction treatment, customizing a program that works for each individual. It takes time to unravel the years of trauma that may be fueling your addiction, and we’ll help guide you to your own rediscovery of your life — a life that makes you happy. With our snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes, and whispering trees, Acqua Recovery will provide you with a peaceful sanctuary for healing and personal growth so you’ll be able to renew your life, reconnect with yourself, and return to work thriving. Give our caring admissions team, a call today to learn more about residential addiction treatment and to begin your journey to recovery.