Once you have acknowledged that you have a problem, then you acknowledge that you would like to fix it.
Next, after deciding you want to make a change, typically the next step is addiction rehabilitation. But, if you are of the working population and have managed to uphold your full-time career while struggling with addiction, you are probably wondering how that will be possible.
While not all addiction rehab facilities are an in-house treatment only, it can still be hard to manage work and treatment as those are probably not the only activities you already have on your to-do list. However, it is vital to your well-being that you make the choice to put rehab at the top of your priority list and learn how to manage it in combination with work.
In fact, the consistent schedule and constant distraction provided by work can actually benefit you during your recovery. By having a certain time you have to be at work, and a certain time you have to stay until you are typically giving yourself about a guaranteed 8 hours that you will be sober.
Once you incorporate rehab into your schedule, you are taking away even more time that is usually available for your addiction activities to creep in.
The first step is to understand your rights as an employee. You need to know how many sick or mental health days you are allowed to take if the company offers any kind of supplemental treatment plan, and more.
Start by talking things over with your boss. Let them know that you have been struggling – chances are they have already noticed changes – and then let them know that you will be seeking help.
This makes them aware up front in case your treatment ever interferes with work’s scheduling. This also lets them know that you are just as focused on something outside of work so they won’t mistake your distraction for laziness.
End the conversation with asking your boss for confidentiality.
Focus on your success. Work, work, work and do the best you can in rehab. Keep encouraging post-its on your desk. Make a tight work schedule to ensure you are able to leave on time each day.
Do whatever it is that you need to do to stick with your plan.
Once you have started and are nearing the end of rehab, find ways to keep up the good work. Manage your stress levels at work and find an accountability partner. Keep up with a consistent work schedule that allows you to be productive while still managing your hours.
It is all about balance.