3 Simple Steps on How to Manage Rehab and A Full-Time Career

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.

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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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.



The Secret Life of an Addict: How to Explain Alcoholism to Your Boss

Drug and alcohol addiction is an illness that you can only keep brushed under the rug for so long…

Sooner or later, you will find the addiction you struggle with in secret beginning to surface in your life. It might begin to surface at home and your family can detect it, it might begin to surface around your friends, or it might even begin to surface at work as you constantly come in late or miss work.

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While at first, it might seem like the best idea to hide your problem, that is, in fact, the worst possible thing you can do. Addiction recovery is not an easy process and definitely is not a route that can be foregone alone.

Telling your family about your addiction can be hard, but telling your boss can almost be even harder. You might fear that your livelihood is in jeopardy. However, you are putting it in the most jeopardy by just participating in the addictive activity in the first place. It is a smarter choice to address the issue with your boss up front to avoid future conflict or turmoil.

In fact, your boss might be able to offer you some additional help and advice that could be greatly beneficial to your recovery. Sometimes, companies also offer special solutions and counseling services for addiction made possible through the company’s budget.

Tips for Talking to Your Boss

The Basics

When bringing up the topic of your addiction to your boss, do so in private. Most likely, they have already noticed changes in you and will assume that your discussion will be relative to those changes they have begun to notice. Typically, you will be offered some sort of help and/or time off to aid in your recovery.

However, you should also be aware of your rights and responsibilities as an employee prior to talking to your boss.

They Don’t Need to Know It All

While they are your boss and you do want them to have an adequate understanding of your illness, they do not need to know every nook and cranny of your life – such as what you might tell your spouse about your addiction.

Furthermore, it is important that you stick to what they need to know. You do not want to hinder their impression of you, but you do want to give them an adequate understanding so they can help you get the help you need.


Tread lightly, but remember, they are also there to help you.