There is one common worry that people with substance use disorders often express before deciding on treatment. They wonder if they will be fired from their job if they go to Washington State rehab.
This article explores some common questions about employment issues surrounding drug and alcohol rehab. Will an addict lose his or her job if inpatient rehab is needed?
Keeping Your Job While in Washington State Rehab
Surviving financially while in Washington State rehab is only one of the worries people with substance use disorders have. They also wonder if their job will be waiting for them when they get out. They may have childcare to consider or other responsibilities that make them feel like all the cards are stacked against getting clean in Washington State rehab.
The truth is if you let your work stop you from getting sober, eventually you will bring your disorder to the job site, and most of the time that does not end well. Never let a job keep you from trying to take back control of your life.
So, what are your options for keeping your job while in Washington State rehab?
First, consider your paid time off and employee benefits. Do you have enough vacation or sick hours to check into rehab? That is probably unlikely, as most Washington state rehab programs run 30 to 90 days. But you may have a short-term employee disability policy that could apply to this situation. You should be able to speak confidentially to your HR department or Employee Assistance Program to determine your options.
The underlying substance abuse may be grounds for firing. That is especially if the disorder has caused problems for you in the office. Check your employer’s policies to be certain.
Many employers today have good policies governing employees that seek substance use treatment. If your company does not have a clear policy, consider the Family and Medical Leave Act. FMLA allows you to take unpaid time off from your job to treat a serious illness without losing your job. However, only employers with 50 or more employees fall under this rule. If the employer qualifies, you must have been employed 12 months or longer in order to qualify.
If these requirements are met, the law allows you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. The National Partnership for Women and Families publishes a guide that will help you understand the FMLA requirements. Once FMLA coverage is granted, the employer must protect your job while you are in Washington State rehab.
Returning to work After Washington State Rehab
If you are able to return to work after Washington State rehab, the office is going to feel quite different and perhaps awkward. It is important to decide how you are handling any questions that may arise from co-workers before going into the office. It is up to you how to field coworkers’ questions; telling the truth is one way to handle it, but you may want to prevent the possibility of being judged for your addiction. Talk with your counselors in Washington State rehab about your transition back to work; they will help you sort through how to handle any issues that may arise.
The most important thing to know about your job and addiction treatment is that, no matter what happens to your job, getting the appropriate help to battle your addiction is the main priority. Contact us today to learn more about admissions.