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How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug Use

How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Drug UseDrug addiction can put an unnecessary strain on many different aspects of an Austin user’s life, including job loss. Because drugs negatively impact mental and physical functioning and alter behavior, it can be difficult to function normally within the workplace. In the case of a severe addiction that negatively impacts job performance, it may be essential to take time off in order to receive professional treatment. Taking time off in order to receive treatment at a professional rehab facility may be difficult depending on the employer. Consider the following when seeking to take time off from work to attend rehab:

  • Most major corporations offer coverage for time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows a person to take a certain amount of job-protected leave with insurance coverage remaining intact. Drug addiction is a medical disease that is protected under the FMLA.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows certain people with a proven disability such as an addiction to take job-protected leave to attend rehab. The employer is required to make reasonable accommodations for the disabled person. This act does not protect an addict if they are currently using illicit drugs or have had excessive unexcused absences. An employer may also be able to put a time limit on the amount of job-protected leave allowed.
  • In some cases, requesting to take personal time off in order to receive treatment for addiction can be beneficial. Many employers are understanding of addiction and willing to provide unpaid time off in order to attend rehab.
  • In fields that require employees to handle narcotic substances, like the medical profession, addicts may not be protected from job loss. However, jobs that put an addict in constant contact with narcotic substances are often not healthy for that individual.

There are many hiring agencies that work specifically with recovering addicts who have already lost jobs due to drug abuse but are now seeking employment.

How Austin Drug Users Can Seek Treatment Before Job Loss Occurs

Letting a problem with drug addiction continue to go untreated will often result in termination for Austin users as the employer begins to notice recurring absences and poor job performance. When drug use becomes an uncontrollable habit that begins to negatively impact work performance, it is time to seriously consider seeking professional treatment. Being honest with employers about addiction and expressing adamant interest in returning to work upon the completion of a rehab program is often a smart decision, although it will not always guarantee job protection. In the event of a drug test, it is better not to take it if failure is certain. Instead, explain the situation to the employer and the desire to take time off for rehab. Being honest and seeking the necessary treatment for drug addiction are the most important steps to a successful recovery.

Drug Addiction Treatment for Austin Residents

If you or someone you know in Austin is struggling with drug addiction and needs help, please call our toll-free number now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day in order to help you find a treatment program that will work for you. Overcome your addiction. Call us today.