Seeking Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

Prepare for Recovery

There are a few things you can do before beginning treatment that will make the transition easier. Whether attending residential treatment or outpatient meetings, taking care of your family, work, and financial obligations ahead of time will help you get the most out of your treatment.

  • Arrange for child care and/or pet care, if needed.

  • Prepare your finances (set up auto-pay for bills, etc.).

  • Let your employer know* if you'll be missing work to attend treatment.

  • Make transportation arrangements.

  • Pack your things** if you are going to a residential treatment center.

Many employers have policies to address medical leaves of absence; check your company policies. There are also laws that protect people with substance use disorders from workplace discrimination. It is important to Know Your Rights as you prepare to have this conversation.

Also, you don’t have to go it alone. Treatment providers have considerable experience working with employers, so you can ask them to help you with this if needed. In addition, if your job has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you can contact them for assistance.

There are usually strict policies about what you can and cannot bring with you to treatment. Ask for a packing checklist and a list of prohibited items.