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Will I get Fired from my Job for Being an Addict?


Highly Stressed Businessman

The rate of addiction in the United States today is unbelievable.  An average of two million individuals attend treatment each year, which is only ten percent of the people that need it.  Statistics show us the severity of people suffering is an increasingly horrific problem and society needs to take action.  Often times, those who aren’t directly affected by the disease of addiction don’t realize the severity of the epidemic and are waiting for someone else to fix it.  Addiction has become such a widespread issue in recent years that everyone needs to work together to solve it.  

Many users attempt to manage their normal lives along with their addiction, which never lasts long.  Addiction is a full time job that takes precedence over all aspects of your life.  When you’re addicted to a substance, you are likely always preoccupied by it, making it impossible to give your full attention to other obligations.  Thousands of people have lost their jobs and families over the years because of their addiction.

It’s quite possible you want to get clean and sober, but are terrified for many reasons such as losing your job.  Inpatient drug rehabilitation programs are usually a minimum of 28 days, and most people worry their work won’t let them take such a large amount of time off.  There are two beautiful laws that protect you and your job when you are ready for treatment, and they are the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.  

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) safeguards you against unlawful termination for excessive absences.  In other words, under FMLA, if you have proven your addiction affects your ability to perform your job, then your job is protected for a certain amount of time until you’re able to receive the rehabilitation you need and return in a healthy state.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that an employer must provide reasonable accommodations to those suffering from a disability, such as addiction.  Many employers understand that by offering treatment as an option to their employee instead of terminating them, they will be able to successfully perform their duties as required once they’re well again.

Although both of these federal laws protect you from losing your job while in treatment, they do not extend protection from termination if caught under the influence on the job.  Additionally, if your employer has offered you rehabilitation and you refuse to take it or ultimately relapse after treatment, you may also be legally terminated.  If your drug or alcohol use has become so extensive it is interfering with your job, it is pretty likely you are suffering from addiction and accepting an offer of rehabilitation would be wise.

Call Simple Recovery today to start your journey: 888-743-0490