How Can Professionals Return to Work and Face Stigma with Confidence? 

How Can Professionals Return to Work and Face Stigma with Confidence? 

 Being back at work after rehab feels equal parts triumphant and horrifying. When going back to work, there are many things to keep in mind, including how to feel like one of the crew after having gone through such a transition from addiction to recovery. Going back poses some challenges, but it is often easier to handle it than people think. Someone who leaves for treatment is covered by the FMLA law so they can physically leave their job to get help but not experience discrimination upon return. The key thing to remember is to find the right help and build confidence to face stigma after returning to work

Facing Stigma at Work

The right to deny employment to people with alcoholism when it affects their work performance and makes them unqualified or unfit for the job. It is not a violation of drug test or prohibits drug use on the job. Federal and state laws specify employees are not required to explain where they were or why they were gone to managers or co-workers. When thinking about stigma, federal and state laws specify employees aren’t required to explain where they were or what they were doing to people that work for them. The only details outside of HR that need to be shared is how long they’ll be gone and when they will return. 

Finding Support at Work

It can be hard to find support at work when a person is feeling overwhelmed coming back from rehab. It is not easy to share with people what is going on or tell them what happened. There is often a fear of stigma and the risk of turning to people who can help resume the pace of duties when feeling stressed or overwhelmed. There is no guarantee they will do a good job or they will help mitigate the stress of figuring out life while in rehab. Supportive colleagues and supervisors are one of the biggest assets to healing in recovery a person can have. When support is available, there is the hope of healing that can come and a sense of community. 

One thing to also be mindful of is a company’s employee assistance program. This comes typically with a benefits package, self-care resources, and other factors. This helps if they are employment-related and seeking continuing care. Continuing care when a person turns to work can make sure they stay connected to a supportive care system. This guidance will be helpful in the first few months and especially support a transition away from feeling the stigma and shame upon return to feeling hope in recovery. 

Oceanfront will help navigate healing in recovery from addiction. Our programs and services support your journey during and after rehab so you can feel more successful in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295