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How to Keep Your Job While Going to Rehab

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Trying to juggle your job while living with addiction is exhausting. While your body and mind constantly pester you about satisfying your craving, the stress and anxiety of balancing work responsibilities can feel overwhelming. It’s a difficult cycle that can leave you feeling trapped and hopeless. However, trying to find help can seem just as daunting. You might even be wondering, “Will I lose my job if I go to rehab?”

Nothing should stand between you and the lifesaving help offered by professional substance abuse treatment programs. Call 888.340.2214 to find help now.

Can My Job Fire Me for Going to Rehab?

The answer is, in most cases, no. Legal protections such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are in place to support those seeking treatment for acute conditions, chronic diseases, and disabilities.1 These laws prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on their decision to seek help for their health conditions.

Using drugs or alcohol on the job, skipping work, or neglecting responsibilities, however, are not considered a disability and often go against codes of conduct. Therefore, if you are terminated for the actions you take while using substances on the job, you may not be protected by these laws. When you recognize you have a substance abuse issue and seek help from a professional who can diagnose and treat your condition, you are instead exercising preventative measures that may make you eligible for protection.

Communicating with Your Employer

Having a conversation about your need for rehab with your employer can be challenging. Here are a few things to consider during conversations with your employer:

  • Talk with your HR representative or manager in a private, confidential setting.
  • If you are a union member, speak with your union representative about any potential protections.
  • Be honest and open about your need for treatment and how it will benefit you, as well as the company, in the long run.
  • Know your rights under the ADA and FMLA, and ensure that your employer is following them.
  • Communicate a plan for returning to work after treatment, including any necessary accommodations or modifications.

Remember, it is ultimately up to you whether you disclose specific details about your addiction. However, being open and honest about your need for treatment can help ease any potential concerns your employer may have. It also sets a positive example for others who may be struggling with similar issues in the workplace.

Will I Lose My Job if I Go to Rehab After Failing a Drug Test?

If you fail a drug test at work, it is possible that your employer may terminate you. The ADA does not provide protection for individuals who enter rehab to try and seek protection from being fired for failing a drug test. However, if your employer allows it and you have not violated company policies or codes of conduct, you may be able to take unpaid leave through the FMLA.

It is important to remember that, ultimately, seeking help for addiction can benefit both your health and job performance in the long run. By taking steps toward recovery and communicating effectively with your employer, you may be able to keep your job while receiving the support and treatment you need. Do not let the fear of losing your job prevent you from seeking help that can change your life for the better.

Call BlueCrest Health Group for Rehab in New Jersey

Addiction is a serious and complex disease that requires professional treatment. At BlueCrest Health Group, our team of experienced professionals offers personalized care for all types of substance use disorders. We understand the fear and uncertainty that can come with seeking help while balancing work responsibilities, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Call us today at 888.340.2214 or complete our online form to get started.