How to Return to Work After Addiction Rehab

Going back to work after rehab can be challenging. You’ll face daily stressors on the job and trying to find a work-life balance, not to mention you may be concerned about what your boss and co-workers will think. These questions and uncertainties can cause you to feel overwhelmed and may even trigger a relapse, which is exactly what recovery coaching aims to prevent.

Through the drugs and alcohol counselling at Hills & Ranges in Melbourne, we work through these concerns about returning to work with you and empower you with tools to work through the workplace stigma. If you are considering or currently in rehab and worried about returning to work, our best advice follows.

Make Accommodations with Your Employer

Before you leave for treatment, talk to your employer and HR representative to see if you qualify for paid medical leave or can take a leave of absence rather than resign.

When you’re ready to return to work, you should plan with your employer and HR representative about how to balance work and recovery. Depending on your job, your employer may be flexible and create a hybrid schedule to allow you to slowly transition back to the office.

Coping with the Stigma Surrounding Addiction

Another stressor about returning to work is dealing with the perceptions and judgements from your co-workers and boss. People in addiction recovery tend to feel guilt, shame and embarrassment. The last thing you want to do is walk into a room of professionals, most of whom you knew during your active addiction.

The best thing you can do to overcome this self-consciousness is to face the situation head-on. If you show up and get into the flow of your work, the people who you’re concerned about won’t have any ammunition to feed their perceptions and assumptions.

Understanding Your Feelings and Triggers

All of this work and social stress is the perfect recipe for relapse. Feeling overwhelmed may be a trigger for you to slip back into your old ways, but we want to protect your sobriety!

No matter how far along you are in recovery, attending drugs and alcohol counselling is the most vigilant defence against high-risk situations. If you’re fresh out of rehab, you may still be dealing with the symptoms of alcohol detox or drug detox. Even years after rehab, you may encounter situations and peer pressure that threaten your sobriety. Do you know what those triggers are for you? Have you developed healthier coping mechanisms to get your mind back to a healthier place? Counselling is where you learn to process your feelings in a healthy way.

Ongoing Support in Your Recovery

At Hills & Ranges, we support our patients through every step of the addiction recovery process, including the return to work. Through recovery coaching, you learn to process emotions, identify high-risk situations, find people you trust to help and effectively communicate your concerns. To learn more about our recovery coaching program and ongoing support after rehab, call us on 1800 954 749.

Hills & Ranges Private E-Brochure

Download your FREE Copy Now

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins
Error: There is no connected account for the user 17841428405181958.

Privacy Policy

This following document sets forth the Privacy Policy for this website. We are bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Crh), which sets out a number ofprinciples concerning the privacy of individuals using this website.

Collection of your personal information

We collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information from visitors to this Website. Non-Personally Identifiable Information is information that cannot by itself be used to identify a particular person or entity, and may include your IP host address, pages viewed, browser type, Internet browsing and usage habits, advertisements that you click on, Internet Service Provider, domain name, the time/date of your visit to this Website, the referring URL and your computer’s operating system.

Free offers & opt-ins

Participation in providing your email address in return for an offer from this site is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose your information. You may unsubscribe at anytime so that you will not receive future emails.

Sharing of your personal information

Your personal information that we collect as a result of you purchasing our products & services, will NOT be shared with any third party, nor will it be used for unsolicited email marketing or spam. We may send you occasional marketing material in relation to our design services.

What Information Do We Collect?

If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses.

Cookie Based Marketing

Some of our advertising campaigns may track users across different websites for the purpose of displaying advertising. We do not know which specific website are used in these campaigns, but you should assume tracking occurs, and if this is an issue you should turn-off third party cookies in your web browser.

How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

As you visit and browse Our Website, the Our Website uses cookies to differentiate you from other users. In some cases, we also use cookies to prevent you from having to log in more than is necessary for security. Cookies, in conjunction with our web server log files or pixels, allow us tocalculate the aggregate number of people visiting Our Website and which parts of the site are most popular.

This helps us gather feedback to constantly improve Our Website and better serve our clients. Cookies and pixels do not allow us to gather anypersonal information about you and we do not intentionally store any personal information that your browser provided to us in your cookies.

IP Addresses

IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected tothe Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as traffic data so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you.

Sharing and Selling Information

We do not share, sell, lend or lease any of the information that uniquely identify a subscriber (such as email addresses or personal details) with anyone except to the extent it is necessary to process transactions or provide Services that you have requested.

How Can You Access and Correct Your Information?

You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our database by using our contact page form.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make amendments to this Privacy Policy at any time. If you have objections to the Privacy Policy, you should not access
or use this website. You may contact us at any time with regards to this privacy policy.

Hills & Ranges Private


Download your FREE Copy Now

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thank you for Downloading our eBrochure

Play Video