I Need A Detox Program, But I Can’t Afford To Miss Work

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Struggling with addiction as a working adult can make getting into recovery even more challenging. You have to worry about keeping your job and being able to financially support for yourself and/or your family. Know that you are not alone in your conundrum. Approximately 77 percent of people who suffer from addiction are employed. Addiction is a progressive disease. Though you may be high functioning now, your addiction will eventually become so severe that you will be unable to keep your job, home, and family. Going to a detox program is the first courageous step on the recovery process.

If you need to go to a detox program but can not afford to miss work, there are several options that you can consider:compassionate, well-trained medical staff is on-site 24/7 to ensure that all clients

Outpatient Detox

You do not stay overnight at an outpatient detox program. An outpatient detox program can either consist of the detox staff coming to your home to monitor and treat you or you going to the doctor to get monitored and prescribed medication and then going home afterwards. However, the detox process is typically uncomfortable; therefore, you will most likely not be in the mood to go to work.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can provide you to 12 weeks of time off work. You will not be paid for this time off, but you will have a position upon your return to work. If you want to go to detox, you can go to your employer and request time off under the FMLA. You must complete the necessary paperwork and have it approved prior to your entrance into detox in order to be protected. If you go to detox and then call your employer and state that you intend to take time off under the FMLA, you will not be protected.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Addiction is now considered a disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You cannot be fired for admitting that you have an addiction problem and are willing to go to treatment. You may also qualify for short-term disability benefits to provide you and your family income during the time you took off to go to addiction treatment.


If you cannot afford to go to a detox center or cannot take the time off from work, going to the hospital can be a last resort. However, hospital staff members tend to not be very understanding of substance use disorders because medical programs do not teach much about them. You can simply have a family member let your employer know that you are in the hospital and bring a hospital note upon your return to work.

Why You Definitely Need a Detox Program

You may already know that you feel “sick” when you do not use your addictive substance. The “sick” feeling that you feel is called withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms (e.g. body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, hypertension, rapid heart rate, etc.) occur because the body’s regular internal state is disrupted. An everyday life example is when you feel hungry, thirsty, or the urge to or to the bathroom. Your body makes every effort to keep itself at a regular internal state called homeostasis. In addition to being a psychological disease, addiction is also a physiological disease because the body’s homeostasis is changed by the repeated substance use. When you do not use your addictive substance, your body’s homeostasis is disturbed, so it it reacts.

Withdrawal can be agonizing and even fatal if it is not gone through under proper medical supervision. Medical staff will assess your needs, administer medications to treat the symptoms, and monitor changes in your conditions. The medications that you will be given will be a combinations of medications that behave similarly to your addictive substances to slowly wean your body off and medications that treat hypertension, rapid heart rate, seizures, and other symptoms. You may go through withdrawal for two to fourteen days, depending on your age, gender, substances used, and length of the time that you were addicted.

Cutting Edge Detox

While medical treatment is the most important, cutting edge treatments are not being utilized in detox centers to take a holistic approach. Detox – just like other stages of addiction treatment- is now being recognized as a process that requires the holistic approach. While the clients’ physical health is top priority during the detox process, their mental health and spirituality need to be nurtured as well.

Medical detox centers are the best places to go through process, as opposed to a hospital, because they have treatments available to address all facets of the person. They have counselors and social workers on staff to help the clients through all of the emotions that going through withdrawal and entering recovery brings on and arrange their post-detox treatment plans. Biosound therapy, far infrared sauna, acupuncture, yoga/meditation, and chiropractic care are just few of the many cutting-edge treatments that detox centers offer. Meals are prepared by chefs and reviewed by dieticians to ensure that clients’ are receiving the nutrients their recovering bodies need.

Sail Through Detox

Coastal Detox is a state-of-the-art facility in Stuart, Florida. Both alcohol and drug detox is offered by the facility. We are located a short distance from the exquisite Treasure Coast. The zen garden and clean, comfortable semi-private make it the perfect place to recovery physically, mentally, and spiritually. We have the most safest, comfortable withdrawal as possible. Massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, biosound, far infrared sauna, cold laser therapy, and amino acid are the cutting-edge holistic therapies that we use. The Joint Commission Accreditation has bestowed us the Gold Seal of Approval, which means we meet the highest national standards in safety and client care. Most major health insurance plans are accepted.

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Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.