Can I Keep My Job and Go to Day Treatment?

Realizing that you might need treatment for your addiction is a huge step in the right direction. However, many fear their life will change when they take that first step, including potentially losing their job. This is a valid concern; however, at Excel Treatment Center, we want you to know that you have options.

If you are searching for addiction treatment and fear losing your job while attending an inpatient program, there are day treatment options that may fit better for your schedule; these are also called outpatient treatment programs. Here at Excel Treatment Center, we offer various outpatient services.

The Benefits of an Outpatient Program

Day treatment offers a convenient, cost-effective way for many people to get the care they need in a safe environment with minimal disruption to their lives. A day program can also offer an easier transition between work and therapy than residential treatment, which typically involves a 24-hour commitment with no outside responsibilities like work or family obligations to distract from recovery efforts.

An inpatient program might be too much of a time commitment for some people who are searching for treatment options. An outpatient program offers many things that inpatient programs don’t provide. With outpatient care, you can carry on with your regular activities, live in your own home, and visit the treatment facility on a regular basis. This allows people to keep their jobs and maintain active treatment and sobriety.

Different Types of Day Programs

There are multiple different types of day programs people can attend. Choosing a day program that fits your needs can ensure success.

Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are programs that work well for people struggling with co-occurring disorders. This type of program ensures you can still take care of daily responsibilities while receiving the level of care you need. In PHP, you will live at home and travel to and from a treatment facility for the program. Most PHPs are approximately six hours a day for five days a week.

Intensive Outpatient

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are an excellent option for those who are in the thick of their addiction and need a lot of support. The integrated approach of intensive outpatient programs may benefit clients who need a structured treatment plan to conquer addiction. Programs for intensive outpatient care are created to help people obtain intensive outpatient therapy with the least amount of disruption to their daily life possible.

The goal of intensive outpatient programs is to allow clients to continue managing other aspects of their lives, such as their jobs or studies, while also attending sessions at the facility on their own time. Clients are encouraged to come into the clinic about six days a week. During the week, it is recommended to spend between six and thirty hours attending treatment at the facility.

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient programs are a great option for those who don’t need round-the-clock support for their addiction but still need some support. This program supports clients’ reintegration into society and supports them in leading fulfilling lives. You will learn, with help, how to overcome life’s challenges if you remain actively involved in the therapy process while still taking care of your daily obligations.

With the potential to create enduring relationships that support people in holding one other accountable for their recovery goals, outpatient programs establish a favorable climate for shrewd encounters. You will develop lifelong friends and relationships through outpatient programs.

Day Treatment vs. Inpatient Treatment

Day treatment options might be better for some people than an inpatient program because it allows more flexibility and might allow you to continue working while attending treatment. Although it may seem impossible to continue working while attending day treatment, there are many ways that you can go to treatment and still maintain employment.

Attending Treatment Before Work

You can attend day treatment before work each morning. This allows the treatment professional in charge of your care at the facility to make sure that your needs are being met, and it also allows them time with you when they would otherwise not be able to meet with clients in person, such as after hours.

Attending Treatment in the Afternoon

Another option for attending day treatment while maintaining a job is to attend sessions in the afternoon instead of staying until closing time at work every night. This will allow you to maintain employment while working on your recovery.

Protections for Treatment

Anti-discrimination laws protect you from losing your job if you need to attend treatment. The following laws, when applied correctly, can ensure you maintain employment while finding help for your substance abuse or mental health needs:

  • Family Medical Leave of Absence Act (FMLA): Under FMLA law, you are entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected medical leave. Under this law, substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders are considered serious health conditions.
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA): SUD and mental health disorders are considered disabilities. This means your job is protected under anti-discrimination protections. Companies with 15 or more employees are bound by ADA.
  • Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA): This law protects your right to access treatment with insurance provided by your job. Under MHPAEA, group health plans cannot provide fewer benefits for addiction and mental health treatment.

Professionals at a treatment facility can help you learn more about your job protections in treatment and assist you with taking leave or creating a treatment plan that allows you to continue treatment while working.

Many people fear seeking treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) due to employment. Luckily, day programs exist. Day programs allow you to live at home while attending treatment. With day treatment, you can continue to work while receiving care for SUD. At Excel Treatment Center, we offer three different day treatment options: partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and outpatient programs. Our team of professionals recognizes that every individual has a unique situation. We can help you create a treatment plan that fits your goals and needs and helps you succeed in a life free from substances. With our outstanding clinical services, psychiatric treatment options, and family support choices, our goal is to help you excel in life. For more information on Excel Treatment Center’s day treatment options or to learn more about how you can continue to work while receiving addiction treatment, call (833) 883-9235

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