Hiding Alcohol at the Office?
Alcohol and Drug Abuse During Work Hours
You have the perfect job, a great family and you feel like your life is going well for the most part. You have one secret though – you are an alcoholic. You’re drinking in the morning to keep you blood alcohol at a level that will allow you to function normally. Essentially living a double life – work and home.
Perhaps you watch the clock at work as you feel the effects of prescription pills leave your system, anticipating your next fix. That makes you irritable, on edge and unpleasant. As soon as you are able to get your fix, you immediately start to feel better emotionally and soon the physical sensations take place.
But your work, family and friends suffer because of your substance abuse. The pressure of possibly losing your job if someone should find out your secret fuels your use.
Characteristics of Using at Work:
These characteristics will continue to spiral out of control if you don’t receive addiction treatment. Going to alcohol and drug abuse treatment without losing your job is dependent on when you decide to get help.
Get Help and Keep Your Job
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 states that an employee is entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from employment in the event that he or she has a serious medical condition. You’ll have to confirm with your place of employment about other qualifications. Alcohol and drug addiction are considered diagnosable medical disorders and require medical intervention through detox.
Lakeview Health’s admission staff can give you more information about entering our substance abuse program under FMLA. This should offer relief when you are considering entering drug rehab for treatment. You should not be punished by your employer if you are getting help to prevent consequences.
Don’t let the fear of losing your job prevent you from going to treatment. Call us today and start the treatment process. We know how important it is for you to have a job when you return home.