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Can I Get Fired for Going to Rehab?

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If you’ve been struggling with opioid use disorder and are ready to begin recovery, it’s normal to wonder what impact treatment will have on your life. Treatments, even outpatient appointments, will mean time away from work. Many individuals often wonder if they’ll need to tell their employer about their opioid use disorder — or even if they can get fired for going to a treatment center.


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Will I Lose My Job if I Go to Rehab?

There are legal protections in place to protect you if you go to treatment. However, keep in mind that individuals who are actively using illegal drugs aren’t under these legal protections.

Employees also need to let their employers know that they will be taking leave before starting treatment. Depending on your relationship with your employer, you can decide to share select details. The federal laws will protect your confidentiality as you take steps toward your recovery.

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Laws That Protect Your Leave for Treatment

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employees with a diagnosable medical condition, such as a substance use disorder, are protected and provided with 12 weeks of unpaid leave every year.

You’ll have job security as long as you meet the following qualifications:

  • You work for a public company with more than 50 employees.
  • You’ve been working for your employer for at least one year.
  • You have worked for at least 1,250 hours over the last year.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) similarly protects employees with a disability. When you decide to undergo treatment for your substance use disorder, your employer won’t be able to terminate you for your leave of absence.

Get Started on Your Recovery Journey Today

Health Care Resource Centers (HCRC) have been helping patients achieve long-term recovery for over 30 years.

With medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and substance use counseling available, we deliver a comprehensive approach to recovery. We understand each patient and situation is unique, which is why our evidence-based practice personalizes every treatment program to increase the chances of long-term success.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about our available treatments, fill out our contact form today. We are here to help you get started.

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Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Health Care Resource Centers is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. HCRC is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing addiction treatment services for over 32 years in the New England area.

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