Workplace Solutions for Addiction

How to Ask Your Boss for Time Off to Attend Rehab

Tips and Strategies for Approaching Your Employer About Seeking Treatment for Addiction.

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How do I explain to my boss I need time off from work to attend rehab?

The idea of disclosing to a manager, supervisor, or boss that you need time off from work to attend rehab for a drug or alcohol issue can feel overwhelming and intimidating.

Many individuals have been trying to “cover-up” an addiction issue for months or even years, and fear judgement and dismay from their coworkers and superiors at work.  But rehab is an important step for an individual’s future success, and getting the right treatment can be a key component of being a successful employee.

What Should I Do?

Get a Diagnosis

Visit your GP and get a diagnosis to present to your employer.

Look into Treatment

Talk to your healthcare provider ahead of time about which rehab or treatment options might be right for you.

Know your Rights

Know your rights as an employee, and make sure you are current on your company’s policies about sick leave and Drug & Alcohol policy, if they have one.

Speak with HR

If this information is at all unclear, speak confidentially with an HR representative so that you understand the policies before speaking with your line manager or supervisor, so that you know your rights and responsibilities.

Keep a File

Keep a file recording all communications between yourself and your company on the matter.

Be Proactive

Most importantly, don’t wait until substance abuse is creating serious problems for you at work to talk to someone; get support early, be proactive, and demonstrate that you are committed to getting well and taking active steps towards recovery.

How Can Castle Craig Help?

How Do I Pay For Rehab?

One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.

How Long Is the Rehab Programme?

Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.

Who Will I Speak to When I Call?

When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.

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