How Do I Choose Between Rehab or Work?
Many individuals suffering from addiction feel that they can’t leave their previous obligations to go to a rehab center, no matter how bad their addiction has become. They may feel that their boss will fire them if someone finds outs that they needed to go to a rehab center. This causes many people to believe that they need to choose between rehab or work.
Addicts or alcoholics who attend school may also believe that they can’t just take a semester off, because it will set them back. These are all common misconceptions and may be a deeper rooted fear of stopping drug or alcohol use.
While the fear of losing your job is understandable, it isn’t something you should worry about. There are laws are in place to protect the anonymity of alcoholics and addicts. Addiction is a disease. Would your company fire an employee if he or she had to take a medical leave of absence because of a cancer diagnosis? The answer is no. Some may say that the comparison between cancer and addiction is extreme, however they’re both classified as diseases. Legally, no one can fire you because you’re taking the necessary steps to regain your health. In fact, you may be saving the company time and money in the long run by getting the help you need. The beauty of this system is that you don’t have to choose between rehab or work.