Will I Lose My Job If I Go To Rehab?

The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, was created to protect individuals from being discriminated against at work or losing their jobs as a result of a disability or illness. Individuals suffering from substance abuse addiction are protected under this act, meaning your employer cannot fire you because you choose to take control of your life and attend rehab. If they do, you can file a complaint against them with the United States Government.

The process of letting your employer know that you will be taking a leave of absence is straightforward. First, be open about the situation and let your boss know that you will be seeking help. He or she will be required to maintain confidentiality, so you don’t have to worry about your co-workers being aware of your plans if you’d prefer. Second, finish any major projects you’re working on and be sure that your boss or a co-worker can cover your tasks while you’re away.

If you cannot take a full leave of absence for financial reasons or other obligations, consider an outpatient addiction treatment facility. They have programs that can fit into your schedule outside of working hours and will allow you to continue your career.

For individuals on the fence, who feel as if a leave of absence will hurt their future and permanently damage their career, we encourage you to think about it from another perspective. Most research on employment and addiction shows that individuals who get help and begin the path to recovery either keep their jobs or find themselves with an even better one. Plus, once you’re no longer fighting the addiction demons, you will likely be more focused, organized and successful at everything you do.