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Returning to Work after Inpatient Drug Rehab

Going back to work after inpatient drug rehab can be a great experience – but it can also lead some addicts to relapse. Workplaces can be hectic, and the stress of the corporate environment is too much for some people to handle after inpatient drug treatment. On the other hand, successful rehabilitation allows people to enjoy their jobs and be more productive than ever. Overall, addicts should carefully consider their priorities and concerns before returning to work after inpatient drug rehab.

Saving Your Job with Inpatient Drug Rehab

Studies have shown that most employers allow addicts to keep their jobs as long as they seek treatment in time.
Thankfully, rehab almost always improves their potential work abilities. Even people who love their careers have trouble focusing when they’re constantly high or craving drugs. Successful rehabilitation allows them to manage their urges and focus wholly on their tasks on hand. Employees who go back to work after drug treatment are typically happier, more productive, and take fewer sick days.

Worrying What People Will Say

It’s true that there is still stigma surrounding drug addiction and rehab. However, this should not be a great concern for most addicts returning to work. Alcoholism and prescription drug abuse are unfortunately rampant in many workplaces, and any given employee may be struggling themselves. Human resources departments also frequently deal with addiction issues, and executives have even been known to refer their employees to rehab clinics – rather than reprimand or fire them.

Guarding Against Work Addiction

One major concern for addicts returning to stressful jobs is work addiction. Obsession over work is what drives many people to abuse alcohol and prescription painkillers in the first place, and avoiding these habits the second time around is essential for avoiding relapse. Rehab patients who are feeling “empty” without drugs in their lives must also be sure not to form new compulsive behaviors at their jobs. In general, a focus on moderation and mental health is crucial in the workplace – as well as all other areas of addicts’ lives.

Avoiding Other Addicts

One of the biggest addiction triggers for rehab patients is the presence of active users. While most addicts can avoid this influence by cutting ties with such people, they may be impossible to avoid at work. Mitigating their influence is of the utmost importance, and it will be necessary to steer clear of office parties and group outings where drunkenness is tolerated.

Accepting New Positions

Although most addicts are able to return to their jobs after rehab, they often take on fewer responsibilities and work positions with lower pay. This doesn’t have to be a negative experience. A reduced workload can help prevent work addiction and stress-induced cravings. It can also give addicts the chances to enjoy the parts of their lives they missed while using drugs – especially important for people who are married with children. Ultimately, life is about far more than money and workplace success. The best choices for addicts’ lives are the ones which keep them sober and happy.

If you’re a career-driven addict who’s struggling with cravings, help is available. Call the number at the top of your screen for a confidential consultation. Our dedicated representatives are standing by day and night to help you save your job – and your life – with a proven inpatient drug rehab program.

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