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How to get addiction treatment while staying in job



If you’re in recovery from addiction, it can be difficult to find treatment and support while still working. You may not qualify for FMLA leave or other forms of paid time off (PTO) because of your job description. But there are some things that employers can do to help with this challenge:

Find out your company’s policy on addiction treatment.

The first step is to find out your company’s policy on addiction treatment. This can be tricky, because many companies don’t have one. If they don’t, you’ll have to ask someone in management or human resources how they plan to handle employees who need treatment for an addiction.

If this doesn’t work, there are other options: You can ask them if there’s any way the company will pay for treatment or help cover the costs of getting it through insurance. Or maybe you could volunteer at a local charity that provides services specifically for people dealing with addictions—maybe even one run by people who’ve gone through similar experiences themselves!

Decide how much and what information to share.

You’ll want to consider the following factors when deciding how much information to share:

  • Your legal rights
  • The job’s culture and environment, including workplace politics and gossip. If you’re worried that your co-workers will be negatively affected by your addiction, consider finding another job before getting treatment.
  • How much of a safety concern it is for you and others if they knew about your addiction. This can be difficult because there are no clear rules regarding what is appropriate behavior in this situation—it depends on each person’s experience and comfort level with sharing personal information with their employer(s).

If you have a union, they might be able to help you find treatment programs that will be affordable.

If you have a union, they might be able to help you find treatment programs that will be affordable.

Unions can negotiate with employers to get better benefits for their members, including some drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. They may also be able to help you find affordable housing if necessary.

Be prepared for resistance from your co-workers.

While you’re working on your treatment, be prepared for resistance from your co-workers. Some people will judge you and others may be worried about their own jobs. Others may have concerns about being exposed to a contagious disease or simply don’t want to spend money on something that isn’t an emergency situation.

Regardless of what challenges lie ahead in getting addiction treatment while holding down a job, remember: it’s possible!

Even if an employee doesn’t qualify for FMLA leave when they’re seeking addiction treatment, there may be other laws that can help them, like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that covers people with physical disabilities and those who have been fired for drug use. It does not cover the treatment of mental illness or addiction, but it may be possible to use an ADA accommodation in order to get help from your employer while you’re receiving treatment.

If you have a serious health condition like cancer or AIDS, FMLA leave might be used as part of your recovery process. If this is the case, then you can apply for FMLA leave if needed when starting therapy sessions at treatment centers or other locations where they are provided by employers under certain circumstances (such as if there are no employees available).


As you can see, there are a number of ways to get addiction treatment while still holding down a job. Hopefully this article has helped you understand your options better and give you the tools needed to make your own choice about what’s best for your situation.