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How Can I Ask for Help if it Could Mean Losing My Career?

The disease of addiction is hard enough to deal with, but couple it with the stigma that surrounds it and you’ve got a double-edge sword. For those addicts and alcoholics who have professional licenses, seeking treatment may present a sticky situation. Some employers have come to the 21st Century party and are willing to put employees with a drug or alcohol problem through treatment. Others however, are still cut and dry when it comes to addiction.

If you need help, you need help. This disease will kill you, and there is no way around that unless you do something about it. It is always better to acknowledge and arrest the problem before your colleagues sniff it out, or worse, something serious happens at work. Holding a professional license means that you carry more responsibility in your job than people with careers that do not require one. This could certainly instill fear in a person struggling with addiction, but the sooner you do something about it, the better off you will be.

Your best bet is checking into treatment, and getting the help you need. This is your life we’re talking about, not just your career. You may even be able to take a leave of absence from work. As much as we like to believe that we are good at hiding our drinking and using, we’re not. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a colleague or more may already know that something is going on. If your employer or the licensing board finds out about anything that happened at work, it may look better for you if they can see that you are addressing the problem and doing something to correct it.

Plenty of doctors, lawyers, pilots, and nurses go through treatment every year. You will not be the first, nor will you be the last. It is imperative that you take care of yourself, and the best way to do so is through treatment. Not only will it save your life, but it may also save your career. Give us a call, we will help you make the transition into recovery safely, comfortably, and discreetly.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401