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How Do I Tell My Job I Need to Go to Detox?

If you have decided to seek treatment, you’ve cleared the first hurdle. You have accomplished something difficult in taking an honest look at yourself and admitting you need help. Now you have some practical choices to make. One of the biggest decisions is what to do about work. Most of us can’t just take a week or two off of work with no explanation. You are probably considering what to tell your boss.

The first thing to keep in mind is that your recovery is your business and it should be your top priority. If you had any other illness you would just say that you’re sick. No need for detail. There’s not reason detox should be any different.

Many companies have policies in place allowing for addiction treatment. Have a look at your employee handbook or check out the HR department on your company’s website. Also, find out if you are protected by the Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA. The FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year without losing your job. You may also have accrued sick days or vacation time you can use.

That said, it may be better to be honest with your boss. You may imagine that your addiction has been your little secret, but if you are ready to seek treatment, most of the people in your life are already aware you have a problem. Your addiction has likely affected your work and your boss has likely noticed. Your job may already be in jeopardy and if you continue using, your performance will continue to decline and eventually you certainly will be fired.

If you tell your boss you are going to detox and then rehab, it shows you are aware of the problem and are doing something definite to fix it. It may be inconvenient to give you the time off but it’s also inconvenient to find someone to replace you, fill out a bunch of paperwork, and train the new person. Supporting you in recovery means you will be back at work and performing at a higher level before your replacement can get started. Everybody wins.

Work relationships are all different. If you don’t feel comfortable telling your boss you’re going to detox, then just ask for sick time or unpaid leave, or use vacation time. You don’t have to say why. The important thing is that you don’t let fear of an awkward conversation become an excuse for not seeking treatment. You may feel like you can’t afford to miss work, but really you can’t afford to delay treatment. You may also be surprised how supportive you boss is if you come clean. She may be more invested in your welfare than you realize. At the very least, bosses hate firing people and by committing to detox and rehab you will have spared her that unpleasant task.

Human dignity has value. When a loved one chooses detox, they should be comfortable and treated with respect. Struggling with addiction is not something punished. Recovery should be supported with empathy and acceptance. Gardens Detox stands out, changing the way the industry approaches detox. Call us today for information on our programs:  (844) 325-9168