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How to go to Drug Rehab When You Have a Job in Tampa
Suppose you know you need to take time away from work for professional help with an addiction issue. In that case, it is a good idea to do your research so you know your rights and workplace policies on the subject before speaking to your employer about going to drug rehab while still going to work in Tampa.
At Legacy Healing, we have options you can choose from, including outpatient drug rehab, so that you can maximize your time spent with us and return to your job in a safe and measured way when you are ready.
Flexible Options for Addiction Treatment
Legacy Healing offers a range of treatment programs and levels of care to residents of Tampa, Florida. On top of our inpatient programs, we provide flexible outpatient options, including:
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
The first step in outpatient rehab, providing highly structured treatment, with a minimum of 25 hours per week of clinical therapy, including therapy, counseling, and physical wellness programs. There is residential community housing, and you will stay with us six days/nights per week.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The next step after inpatient care and is also offered to those with less severe addictions. At Legacy Healing, you will receive a minimum of nine hours of weekly clinical treatment like group and individual therapy, 12-step meetings, and relationship-building activities. There is optional housing available, but you can live at home and commute in for treatment. This is an excellent option for those who cannot leave their responsibilities and for people who are ready to get back to their job but still require structure, treatment, and a continued connection to a sober support network.
Our Outpatient Program
A non-residential program for those who have fully integrated back into society, with one hour/week of therapy and access to 12-step meetings, with continued medical and psychiatric connections if they are needed.
We will work with you to ensure you receive the right amount of care to stop drinking and using drugs, become a stronger, more balanced version of yourself, and live your life.
Benefits of Outpatient Drug Rehab
Some of the benefits of attending outpatient drug rehab in Tampa include:
- Freedom to return to responsibilities like work, family, and school.
- Continued support through meetings and therapy as you apply newly learned coping mechanisms to real-life scenarios.
- Access to a new, sober community as you live your regular life, never feeling alone.
- The chance to assist and encourage others in their recovery.
Going to Inpatient Drug Rehab Without Losing Your Job
If your addiction is severe, if you are resistant to treatment, or have a co-occurring mental health condition that requires dual diagnosis treatment, you may need to spend some time in full-time inpatient rehab before moving into an outpatient program. This involves living inside the rehab facility for 30 to 90 days, with full days in therapy, groups, and life-skills training courses, getting rest, and recovering physically.
There are laws in Tampa that protect your employment status while in recovery so you can seek the help you need. Under The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), your workplace may give you up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave per year for serious health conditions, including addiction. You will qualify for this protection if:
- You have been with this employer for at least one year, having worked a minimum of 1250 hours over the past 12 months.
- You work at a company with at least 50 employees within 75 miles or at a public agency, elementary or secondary school.
- You are not actively using drugs or drinking.
- You are in a verified, supervised rehabilitation program.
Rights of Employed People Who Need to go to Drug Rehab
When you go to drug rehab while still going to work in Tampa, there are other federal protections, including:
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The right to be protected from discrimination and receive all public entity services, programs, and activities. Your past addiction cannot be used against you at work or during an interview.
Fair Housing Act
This act provides you with the right to equal opportunity in receiving housing from housing facilities without discrimination.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
This provides the right to healthcare confidentiality as a patient. While you have the right to take unpaid time off work through FMLA, your employer also has the right to ensure a drug-free workplace through policies like drug testing. It is a good idea to look closely at your employee policies and handbooks about this topic before speaking to your boss about drug or alcohol rehab.
Drug Rehab at Legacy Healing Center
Contact Legacy Healing today to speak with a treatment specialist who can talk you through what you need to do to attend drug rehab while still going to work in Tampa. We are here to help you and are happy to help you understand what your next steps should be, what types of treatments are available to you, and whether an inpatient or an outpatient program will work best for your unique situation. Contact us today at 888.534.2295 to learn more about how you can attend drug rehab while still going to work in Tampa.
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