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How to Talk About Seeking Treatment With Your Employer

The decision to seek treatment for substance abuse can be a complex process. It is absolutely the right thing to do, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest alternative. We may need to talk to our loved ones. We may also need to arrange for many of the items in our life to be put on hold while we tend to our wellness. While recovery centers like The Guest House can make this process simple, there are a few things we have to take care of on our end. For some of us, one of the things we have to take care of is talking to our employer.

How to Approach Your Employer

Opening up about substance use disorder (SUD) or behavioral addiction is difficult in general. It can be challenging just to bring up the subject with someone you are close to. The idea of talking to your employer about treatment might be the least desirable item on your to-do list.

Even if you feel secure in your work environment, you may not feel certain how your employer will respond. The most important thing about going to treatment is going to treatment. However, there are a few notes to keep in mind when talking to your employer about taking time away from work for your recovery.

Know Your Rights

According to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may have the legal right to seek treatment for substance abuse, or addiction, provided certain criteria are met. While you’re away tending to your wellness, your job will be protected by FMLA and waiting for you upon your return. However, not everyone qualifies for FMLA, so it’s important to approach your employer with additional supportive points in mind.

Plan What You Are Going to Say

Remember that you know you need help. However this conversation goes, the message is that your health and wellness depend on finding treatment. Be as honest with your employer as you feel comfortable. Let them know that you are seeking treatment because you want to live a better version of life, and part of that life is becoming a better employee. Let them know how important it is to you that you’re at your best when you’re at work. Treatment will allow you to do that.

Remember the Alternative

The truth is treatment is more important than a job. Even if the conversation with your boss goes poorly, your life will be way worse if you don’t get treatment at all. A life of addiction will eventually result in the loss of a job, health, personal relationships, and, eventually, life. Residential treatment is one of the best options available, and you owe yourself the very best chance at recovery. No job is worth your life. Remember that, and you’ll never regret having a conversation about doing what’s right for you.

There are always reasons not to do what’s best for ourselves. The truth is, seeking help when we need it is always the best thing we can do. Not only is this true for us, but for everyone who relies on us as well. If you or someone you care about needs help, The Guest House has numerous resources available for you. Not only can we find the best treatment plan specifically for you, but we can also help you transition to residential treatment. Call (855) 483-7800 for more information.