What Do Educators and Teachers Need to Feel Successful in Rehab?

What Do Educators and Teachers Need to Feel Successful in Rehab?

Teachers and educators struggle under the weight of many external expectations. This may include other teachers, administrators, families of students, and the students themselves. Internally, they may be driven to succeed by a need to help their students but struggle in their personal lives to keep it all together. Educators and teachers need a variety of things to feel successful in rehab. Find out how they can do this successfully and find hope in recovery.

Stress Hits Hard

Teachers and educators often work with high levels of stress all day, day after day, trying to maintain standards of excellence for students. College and lower grade staff report a rise in mental health issues more now than ever. Jobs can negatively impact a person’s mental health over time, leaving them feeling exhausted and unable to manage stress without turning to alcohol or drugs. At least, this is what ends up happening over time because they struggle to cope and this seems the only way to manage. 

Dealing with Anxiety

Along with huge amounts of stress, teachers and educators often deal with enormous amounts of anxiety. Work conditions, difficulty in relationships, and job satisfaction all play a role in this. Teachers are using antidepressants at the same rate as the average population and others use mental health counselors to deal with stress and anxiety at work. Some smoke or drink (or both), and since teachers socialize to discuss their work, they may also be tending to their social needs while using drugs or alcohol as a vehicle to cope. 

Dreading Monday

The habit of drinking to relax is nothing new, especially for teachers. Monday can come quickly when teachers spend weekends grading papers, working on research, or fine-tuning lesson plans and spending time with family. Monday morning can feel like they are back in the saddle with old habits, so they may end up drinking or doing drugs to cope. Drinking may not be limited to Sunday evenings or just at the weekends. Perhaps they are heavily into addiction by then and are using drugs or drinking more often than not, causing lots of lasting issues. 

Finding Success in Rehab

One of the best ways for teachers and educators to find success in rehab is to focus on the things they find challenging and that might have contributed to their drinking or using drugs. Anxiety, stress, and fear of facing people on Monday are all common things for teachers and educators, but not everybody struggles with addiction. Mental health issues are also at stake, so it is important to consider the following:

  • Find a rehab center that does work with mental health (co-occurring disorders)
  • Seek holistic support that looks at mind, body, and spiritual connections
  • Look for programs that offer longer stays than 30 days
  • Seek outpatient opportunities where presented
  • Look for accountability partners, groups, and sponsors to help stay focused on healing
  • Consider medication or medication changes if what the person is on is not effective

It can be hard to know what to do in the event addiction takes over an educator or teacher’s life. Success in rehab is not contingent on doing 12 steps or doing this or that thing perfectly. It simply means planning and focusing attention on doing what feels right and planning a structured rehab experience that includes detox, rehab, therapy, and other things to help work out the mind and body part of rehab while helping with mental health issues as needed. 

Oceanfront is about finding healing forpeople in recovery who want to stop feeling like recovery has taken over their lives. We are located in beautiful Laguna Beach. Call us to find out how we can help you navigate addiction recovery: 888-981-4295