How To Approach Time Off for Rehab
It may be intimidating, but the best way to take time off work for rehab under FMLA is to have an open, honest conversation with your human resources department. They can help you process the necessary paperwork. You’ll want to explain how going to rehab can make you a better employee and benefit the organization. It can also be helpful to bring a referral note from your doctor that recommends addiction treatment. Regardless, your decision to seek treatment can indicate to your employer a firm commitment to recovery.
Going to rehab and keeping your job is possible. At The Recovery Village at Baptist Health, our addiction specialists can help you navigate the rehab process and life after treatments. Our case managers offer resources, guidance and support well beyond your time here.
It should also be noted that in some cases, using FMLA leave may not be necessary. People with milder addictions may benefit from outpatient addiction treatment, with appointments scheduled around their work hours. While outpatient rehab is not suited for everyone, it can help some people keep their treatment separate from their work obligations.
Choosing the Right Drug Rehab Facility
The Recovery Village at Baptist Health provides a full continuum of care and can customize programs to work with each client’s specific needs. We can create flexible treatment plans that ensure that time spent away from work is kept to a minimum, as well as continue treatment before or after work hours.
To learn more about how our individualized programs can work well for your needs, contact one of our helpful representatives today. We’re here to help you take the first step toward a happier, healthier drug-free future.
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