Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Help Header

Struggling with Alcoholism: Scared and Don't Know What to Do?

by Matthew

I feel the need to stop drinking. I feel that I am addicted, but am afraid to mention it to my employer - even though it qualifies me for short term disability. I don't have the money for rehab, and I am in a very time demanding job, that if I did request off, my boss wouldn't let me.


I've been hospitalized twice, and have blackout episodes at least once per week. I want to straighten my life out. I am having serious financial and work related issues because of my drinking, but I'm ashamed of what I've become. What are my rights?! How do I approach my family about this for support? I'm afraid this will kill me... :-(

Answer



Hi Matthew

Generally employers are quite understanding and will give you the necessary time off if you're honest with them. But if you're not sure how your employer will handle this - then you need to investigate what your rights are, because it varies by location and company.

Also, most companies have terms in place regarding their sickness and leave policies and which are usually published on a company intranet site, or are available from HR if requested. So do your research first.

But ultimately what is more important - your job or the state of your health and well-being? Worst case scenario is you lose your job by going off and getting your alcoholism treated. But that might happen anyway if your addiction to alcohol is left untreated - because your work will inevitably suffer and so you could get fired anyway.

You can always find another job - but you might not get second chances to recover your health and state of mind. By getting your alcoholism treated and turning your life around - all the other things like work etc. will inevitably fall into place in time. Your well-being has got to come first, so make that your priority.

And just be totally honest with your family. Alcoholism thrives on secrecy and lies - so to come clean requires total honesty. It's will seem hard and scary but it is something you just have to face head on, and I'm sure you'll find it won't be as bad as you imagine.

Not all rehabs are expensive and many are government subsidised so finances shouldn't be a stumbling block to getting your alcoholism treated. Here is an Alcoholism Treatment Facility Locator by the American Council
on Alcoholism that will allow you to find programs that cost very little or nothing at all.

You've taken the first critical step in acknowledging you have a problem and wanting to do something about it. Now you need to follow through and get proper professional help by getting yourself into rehab/treatment. What your employer and family might say to this should be the least of your worries. You have got to put your own well-being first - because it forms the foundation on which you build the rest of your life on.

You can do this! Good Luck.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Drug and Alcohol Addiction Questions.





+1 Alcoholism-and-Drug-Addiction-Help.com  

FREE E-Course

"10 Essential Steps to Ending a Life of Alcoholism or Drug Addiction ... Permanently!"

This Course is packed full of valuable information and advice for overcoming addiction that you're unlikely to find anywhere else.

And if you subscribe now - we'll throw in a Special eBook that will help immensely in your struggle against addiction.
E-mail
Name
Then

Don't worry - your e-mail
address is totally secure.
Your details will NEVER be sold and you will NOT be spammed.



XML RSS
What is this?
Add to My Yahoo!
My MSN RSS button
Add to Google


Copyright © 2013 - Alcoholism-and-Drug-Addiction-Help.com - All Rights Reserved.