Job security is a common question that many have before they commit to treatment, and understandably so. Your job is your livelihood and you wouldn’t want to do anything that could jeopardize it. The decision to enter rehab and get yourself healthy and sober is always going to be a better option than to continue down the spiraling path, getting you deeper into addiction. The reality is that your job and your life are in jeopardy every time you continue to engage the same detrimental and unhealthy behaviors that have led you to this point.

However, there is good news: there are many laws and acts that have been established to help provide you job security when you decide to get help. Getting healthy and sober will not only be beneficial to you personally, emotionally, and physically, but it will also be an improvement to your future and current career development.

Discussing Rehab With Your Employer

There is no doubt that addiction affects every aspect of daily life, including your job performance. You may not notice it now, but as your addiction progresses, the decline will become majorly noticeable for others around you. Lack of focus, coming in late, missing work entirely, and even irritability at work are all effects of addiction. When you are ready to talk to your employer about your decision to get help, you should take the following steps:

  • Be open and transparent about your willingness to better yourself through the help of treatment. Speaking genuinely and honestly will help your employer better understand your situation and allow them to provide you the assistance you need at work to accommodate it.
  • Ensure major projects and responsibilities are finished or managed by the appropriate personnel so that when you are gone, you will have the back-up needed to take care of these tasks during your absence.
  • Inform your coworkers that you will be out of the office while you are coordinating back-up. You have the right to privacy, so you do not have to tell them the reason why if you are uncomfortable with them knowing.

Discrimination Protections At the Workplace

You have rights and you are protected from discrimination even when you are going through a difficult time, such as recovery from addiction. As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), your employer can not terminate you because you enter a rehabilitation program. Should you face repercussions for your decision and you believe that you have been unfairly treated or discriminated by your employer, you can file against them for this discrimination through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In addition to job protections, the Family and Medical Leave Act provides qualifying individuals with the ability to use 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for family or medical purposes during a 12-month period. During this time, your job is protected and this leave can be used for substance abuse treatment. While you are away, it is required that your privacy is kept safe and your employer is legally required to keep the reason for your leave and the details of your addiction confidential.

Tennessee Substance Abuse Treatment Alternatives

Is Your Job Secure If You Enter Addiction Treatment?When you are ready to get help, Discovery Place is a supportive Tennessee addiction treatment center alternative which has a proven 12-step approach to helping addicts work towards sobriety. Our medical detox program alternatives will ensure that you are weaned off alcohol and drugs in the safest and comfortable way possible. We are here to help you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Don’t hesitate to call our drug and alcohol rehabilitation alternative center today at 1-800-725-0922 to discuss your situation with our caring staff.


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

    Thinking About Rehab?

    Learn More About Our Alternative Residential Recovery Programs

      Alternative Drug & Alcohol Treatment Rehab
    • Admissions
    • About Us
    • Contact
    • Talk to someone about your options

      Talk to someone about your options

      Blue Pig Media