Three Tips For Telling Your Employer You Are Going To A Recovery Treatment Center

22 June 2016
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When dealing with an addiction, you may have realized on your own that you need help from a recovery center or your friends and family may have had some sort of intervention with you to help you consider this option. Whatever the case, if you decide to attend a recovery center for treatment, you will need to ask your employer for a leave of absence. This is often a difficult task that you may not know how to approach. Here are three tips for doing this:

Rest Assured That Your Job is Safe:

Many companies have policies set in place that allow employees to go to recovery treatment centers without losing their job. This is often referred to as a medical leave and you cannot legally lose your job because you are going to be on this type of leave. Keep in mind that a medical leave can typically only be used once a year and is generally not offered to employees who have not been working for the company for more than a year. Other than that, you should be able to attend a recovery treatment program and be able to return to your same position afterward. You can have peace of mind knowing that your employer cannot fire you for taking a medical leave of absence.

Don't Worry About Your Reputation:

Most likely, since you have been suffering from some type of addition, your employer has noticed some behavior that they are not happy with, such as arriving late to work or not getting tasks done in time. Your reputation is sure to improve once you return from recovery because the addiction will no longer hinder your work performance. When your work improves, there is no reason to feel shame for having to go to the recovery program in the first place. 

You Don't Have to Tell Your Employer: 

If you are still uncomfortable telling your employer that you will be attending a recovery treatment program, you can always request a leave of absence that is guaranteed to all employees for a certain length of time each year. When you take a leave of absence, you are not required legally to state the reason behind it. This way, you can attend the recovery treatment center without facing the fear of telling your employer. 

It's not a shameful act to tell your employer about your recovery. However, if you are still uncomfortable, you can at least rest assured that you are able to take the time off without fear of losing your job so long as you fill out the right paperwork and request the leave of absence in advance. 

If you have more questions or are thinking about getting help for an addiction, contact Olalla Recovery Centers.