Coming to terms with the idea of going to a drug rehabilitation facility is a humongous step towards recovery. With that step comes preparations and getting certain things in order before you make your official leave for treatment. One of these things is having a sit-down with your superior(s) at work and explaining your need to enter rehabilitation.
Most people do not find this part of the preparation process easy. You’re likely experiencing a wide range of emotions from just the thought of this conversation alone. In this resource, you’ll find plenty of tips for sharing this part of your journey with your boss, as well as information concerning your job protection and rights.
Before you meet with your boss, practice the conversation to the best of your ability in your mind, and keep these tips in mind:
- Be as honest as possible. You likely already have a feeling that your boss is aware of your drug/alcohol problem, but even so, it’s a good rule of thumb to be as transparent and honest as possible about the issue. When you talk about your treatment, make references to your concern for your health and quality of life. There is a very strong chance your boss will respond positively and be supportive.
- Don’t let fear of job loss scare you away from this conversation. The FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) protects people from losing their jobs in situations such as these. This law comes with a set of criteria which will be discussed later.
- Try to find a replacement for your position during your absence. Your boss might be in full support of your decision to go to rehab, but your position at the company will likely be left open during your absence. You can help ease the process of covering your position by helping your boss find a replacement.
- Understand that your boss is a human being as well. Many people are terrified of this conversation due to the fear of being judged, scrutinized, or reprimanded. However, keep in mind this is not the typical reaction. Your boss is highly likely to be understanding of your need to go to rehab.
- Remember throughout your talk that your health is what is most important. Even if your boss is not supportive of this choice, you are still #1 at the end of the day. In any situation, your health will always be much more important than a job that can be replaced.
If the loss of your job concerns you, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the FMLA criteria. In order to be eligible for protection under this law you must have worked for your employer longer than a year and more than 1,250 hours within the previous 12 month period. Your place of employment must also be within 75 miles of your home, and it must employ at least 50 people. If these criteria are met, you are officially eligible for an FMLA leave.
Your Next Steps in Rehab
Going to drug rehab is a life-changing experience. Not only is it a step in the right direction for your health and personal care, but it also changes your day-to-day routine in terms of work and other responsibilities. One day you are waking up to a life where you struggle with addiction and try to make other facets of your life work around it, and the next day you are waking up in a drug rehab where your life will undergo a major transformation. It’s a colossal step, and one that takes courage.
Depending on the nature of your addiction and how severe it is, the negative effects associated your withdrawal and recovery process can be quite intense. At Just Believe Recovery Center, these effects can be greatly mitigated and controlled to make the process as comfortable as possible.
Extensive research has shown that people who enter and complete treatment experience incredible life changes including cessation of drug usage, dramatic decrease in illegal activity, improved interaction with friends and family, and heightened work performance.
Specifically, if your drug usage was hindering or threatening your job at all, you can rest assured your performance will improve greatly once you go back.
What to Expect in Drug Rehab
Once you clear the obstacle of discussing your need for rehab with your boss, you will probably be left with intensifying questions about what will happen once you actually get there. At Just Believe Recovery Center, there are a number of treatment options available that can be tailored to fit your specific needs and situation.
When you first enter our facility, a thorough evaluation will be performed to determine the exact type of treatment that is right for you. Depending on your specific needs, inpatient or outpatient treatment might be recommended, and specific types of therapies might also be suggested.
Regardless of which treatment style you go with, you’ll have access to programs such as group therapy, one on one therapy, lectures, the 12 step program, daily programming, relapse prevention, and much more. As you spend more time on your recovery, you’ll also have the chance to meet many other people who are in their own stages of recovery as well. After all, social support is one of the strongest building blocks in the process of recovery from addiction.
Get Started In Treatment
Because deciding to go to treatment is a big step, a lot of preparation is necessary. This can be extremely discouraging for individuals who are already overwhelmed by their addictions. Keep in mind that we are always here to help make the process of changing your life for the better as easy as possible. The first step to doing so is calling us at 888-380-0342.
We don’t believe there is a single individual struggling with addiction who is not worthy or incapable of being helped. Each and every person deserves a second chance. Don’t delay your journey to a new life another day – contact us today.