I Cannot Afford to take Time off Work for Treatment - What Can I Do?



Most of us in active addiction live paycheck to paycheck, having no money set aside for unforeseen expenses and, in fact, often falling behind on our bills and financial obligations. This usually makes taking any time off of work impossible, as we would be unable to cover our rent, utility bills, and other living expenses without those paychecks coming in. Equally important is our recovery from active addiction, and for most of us recovery starts with detox and residential treatment. If you find yourself in a difficult situation financially and do not see how you could possibly take time off work, what can you do to make treatment possible for you?


Let’s accept a harsh truth regarding your current situation - maintaining employment and housing in active addiction is far from guaranteed, and you could very well lose your job and your home in the coming weeks due to your substance abuse. Rather than attempt to hold everything together for the sake of what little possessions you have retained thus far, why not accept your reality and take some steps to mitigate any further damage to your life and livelihood? Apartments and houses come and go, you can always sign a new lease after completing residential treatment. Better to speak honestly to your landlord about your situation, explain you are sorry but you will need to break the lease for personal and financial reasons, and do your best to make the best of the situation for all parties involved. When it comes to monthly bills such as cell phone or credit card payments, call these companies and request a forbearance for a few months while you get your life in order. Many companies will happy grant a customer a few months of waived payments rather than sell off an account to collections. Remember, you have options available to you, it is just a matter of taking some action to explore them.


If you still have compelling reasons why missing work is not an option for you, at the very least you should explore enrolling in an outpatient treatment program. This would not require a commitment to stay on campus, and you would be able to continue to work and live at home while participating in a treatment program. Many IOP programs even offer medication assistance to their clients, meaning you could avoid the painful symptoms of withdrawal through prescription medications provided by your IOP center so long as you maintain your participation in the required therapy sessions. While this is not as ideal a situation as residential treatment for those entering sobriety, it is far and away a better option than continuing down the path you have been traveling in active addiction.


Seeking treatment for substance abuse is a major decision, one which requires a commitment of both time and effort on your part. If, for some reason, you feel that residential treatment is not a viable option for you due to your job schedule, you should revisit the issue and determine whether this is a valid concern or perhaps just an attempt to cling to familiar things in your life and avoid change. Medical detox followed by residential treatment is the best course of action for those attempting sobriety, so you should do all in your power to make this a reality for yourself. At Evolutions, our Admissions Counselors have years of experience working with clients in order to make treatment possible for them. Call us at any time, day or night, at 833-818-3031 and let us help you find a path to treatment in your life today!


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