Addiction wreaks havoc on the lives of those who suffer from it, and on the lives of loved ones. Addiction is complex and changes the way the brain functions. Addiction affects relationships, finances, responsibilities, work, and school. Although some use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, depression, and PTSD, the symptoms of mental health conditions actually can worsen by using these substances.
Adjusting to a new lifestyle
Adjusting to a new sober lifestyle after treatment can be difficult. There may be that you will face throughout recovery. A newly, sober lifestyle means you can be productive, healthy, and well balanced without drugs or alcohol. In treatment, you will learn coping skills that do not involve the use of drugs or alcohol.
Returning to work after treatment can be scary and stressful. The stigma of addiction can prevent you from disclosing any information about your treatment. If you know what to expect, you can develop a plan on how to manage tough questions from coworkers about your absence while maintaining your sobriety.
Coworkers may ask where you have been, and while you have a right to anonymity, you may want to consider being honest. Admitting your struggles with addiction can help in the recovery process because you need to be honest with yourself about it.
While there may be some judgment about your addiction, there could be others in the workplace that suffer from addiction or are affected by it in some way. An article for Psych Central by Marc Kantor (2018), states there are “people who have been to rehab themselves and are currently sober or have a spouse, child, or parents who are sober or are struggling to get sober. These are your brothers and sisters in arms and your allies.”
Advantages of returning to work after treatment
- Income. Returning to the workplace after treatment means you can pay the bills and save money that was used on buying drugs or alcohol.
- Stability. Steady employment where you are expected to show up on time and perform your job on a regular basis creates long-term stability.
- Constructive use of time. Work allows you to be productive and fill in the time that was once spent on using drugs or alcohol.
- Normalcy. Having and maintaining a job is indicative of normalcy. It means you can return to your responsibilities.
- Responsibility. When you have a job, you have a responsibility to complete your work and be productive. Having a job also helps to prioritize your responsibilities.
Treatment is available
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, get help now. Addiction is complex but treatable. Treatment helps to restore your physical and mental health, and renew your spirit. Save a life and get help today.
The Fort Worth Recovery umbrella covers medically supervised detox, as well as residential programs for men and women alike. Our programs are abstinence-based and combine a 12-step approach with a strong mental health component, integrating cutting-edge techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and Motivational Interviewing. For more information or to start your healing journey, please fill out a contact request form and one of our recovery experts will connect with you shortly.