Person asking her therapist, "Can I work in rehab?"

Can I Work in Rehab?

One of the biggest obstacles to getting treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is financial worries. Some people worry about the costs of treatment programs, especially if they are on a tight budget or do not have good health insurance coverage. Others are concerned about how they will pay their bills if they take time off work to get treatment. You may be asking yourself, “Can I work in rehab?” Keep reading to learn how to continue holding a job while recovering from addiction.

At Promises Brazos Valley, we offer a full range of treatment options to ensure all our clients have the help they need. We understand that worrying about your finances can hinder drug rehab, so we do our best to fit treatment around your work schedule. Call us at 979.426.0086 to discuss which of our programs best suits you.

Can You Work in Rehab?

One of the most frequently asked questions by people concerned about the affordability of addiction treatment is, “Can I work in rehab?” It is only natural to wonder if you can keep your job while you get treatment. Many people fear that if they enroll in drug rehab and have to take time off work, then:

  • They will not be able to pay their bills.
  • They will not be able to cover the cost of treatment.
  • They will have to talk to their employer about going to drug rehab.
  • Their coworkers will find out they are going to drug rehab.
  • They may lose their job.

These are valid concerns, but if you refrain from getting treatment, your addiction will only worsen over time. The good news is that you do not necessarily have to give up working while you go to rehab.

How to Keep Your Job While in Rehab

It can be helpful to take time off work when you enroll in an addiction treatment program, but this is not an option for everyone. However, you can continue to work while in rehab if you follow these tips.

Choose Outpatient Treatment

If you attend an inpatient rehab, it will be impossible to continue working until your treatment is complete. Thankfully, there are several outpatient treatment options with varying levels of care:

  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Outpatient program

A PHP may be the best choice if your addiction is moderate to severe, as it offers the most structure. You may need to attend treatment five or more days a week, but many facilities provide evening and weekend hours so you can continue to work. 

Take Advantage of Virtual Treatment Options

Some treatment centers offer virtual addiction treatment or hybrid programs where you attend in-person sessions and others by video chat or phone call. This can reduce commute time to and from the facility, making keeping up with your work schedule easier.

Use Your Available Sick or Vacation Time

Suppose your employer offers paid sick or vacation time. Reserve that time off for your treatment. If you do not have much sick time available, you can make it stretch by taking half days rather than whole days off.

Ask Your Loved Ones to Help Out

Holding a job while getting addiction treatment will be easier if you can delegate some of your household responsibilities to friends or family members. Ask your loved ones if they can assist with child care, household chores, or walking the dog so you can stay focused on getting to your treatment sessions.

Find Addiction Treatment that Fits Your Busy Schedule at Promises Brazos Valley

Getting professional help for addiction is essential, but you should not have to choose between that and paying your bills. At Promises Brazos Valley, our flexible outpatient programs allow you to continue working while you recover from drug or alcohol addiction. Contact Promises Brazos Valley today at 979.426.0086 to learn how to keep your job while in rehab.

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