Substance use disorder (SUD), or addiction, can bring a load of stress, confusion and frustration to an individual’s life. Entering treatment for drug or alcohol use, while a commendable and brave step, can be a stressful decision – especially when you have a job that you are concerned about. You may feel ready to take back control of your life through treatment but are wondering how to tell your employer about rehab.
Often, prospective patients don’t know where to begin when it comes to speaking with their employer about rehab. The majority of the time, patients aren’t aware of their rights or even who at work to talk with.
There are many resources and options for support when it comes to telling your employer about rehab. We encourage you to explore your options when it comes to state and federal laws – as each state has different laws when it comes to FMLA or short-term disability.
Additionally, your human resources department can be an asset as you navigate filing for leave. They can help you to determine what you are eligible for and the steps you need to take in order to be approved for leave. If your place of employment has an EAP or Union, it may be in your best interest to reach out to them for assistance.
It is extremely difficult and vulnerable informing the people closest to you that you need treatment, including your employer. It is completely natural to feel nervous or stressed during this process. But remember, our team at Wellbridge will assist in providing any documentation you may need to provide to your employer.
Making the decision to get support in your recovery by entering addiction treatment is a huge step that takes courage but can change your life for the better. Don’t let the fear surrounding how to tell your employer about rehab stop you from getting the help that you need and deserve.