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Can You Work While in Rehab?

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Seeking addiction treatment for a substance use disorder is one of the most important decisions one can make. Breaking the cycle of addiction is not easy and almost always requires professional addiction treatment rehab. However, most people cannot simply put their lives on hold and enter a month-long residential treatment program, so a common question is, “Can you work while in rehab?”

Some outpatient treatment centers may offer a degree of flexibility that allows patients to pursue limited work, school, or family obligations. However, residential or inpatient treatment usually precludes one from working.

Evoke Coconut Creek offers addiction treatment programs for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Call 866.693.3871 to learn more.

Why Can’t I Work While in Residential Rehab?

Residential treatment is intended for those with severe substance use addiction and dependency. The initial phase is usually detoxification. The detox process requires constant supervision and monitoring of symptoms due to the uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal occurs when the body and brain get used to having a certain substance present and have difficulty functioning without it. Depending on the drugs of choice, withdrawal can range from minor discomfort to severe symptoms that require medical intervention.

By attending residential rehab, one is able to receive around-the-clock care during detoxification. A typical residential rehab program takes anywhere from 28 to 90 days, though more extended programs are sometimes available.

Addiction treatment requires focus and dedication to fully comprehend and address the root causes of addiction. Working in rehab would take away from that focus and be detrimental to recovery.

What Types of Therapies Are Used in Rehab?

At Evoke Coconut Creek, our highly trained and dedicated staff of addiction treatment professionals uses evidence-based therapies and holistic approaches to guide patients toward recovery. With proper therapeutic combinations and a firm patient resolve toward recovery, treatment can progress through detox and into therapy, where coping skills and education will help prepare the patient for a life of recovery. Once equipped with the necessary tools, one can begin to plan a return to work and resumption of other duties and obligations.

At Evoke Coconut Creek, we use a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, including the following:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Depression treatment
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Eating disorder therapy
  • Family therapy/counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Life skills training
  • Meditative therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Nutrition education/counseling
  • Relapse prevention therapy
  • Trauma therapy

Each patient gets an individual assessment, and our addiction treatment specialists develop a customized treatment plan that meets that patient’s specific needs and goals. Evoke Coconut Creek is committed to returning patients to living their best lives—including work, school, and family.

Contact Evoke Coconut Creek Today

If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, seeking professional treatment is the best thing you can do. While it may seem like working in rehab should be possible, the reality is that severe substance dependency and addiction require a residential stay in a treatment center. All of a patient’s focus and attention must be directed toward attaining recovery.

The detoxification process requires constant supervision, and the withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Afterward, therapy is required to equip one with the skills to navigate life outside rehab. Life is full of triggers and situations that may lead to relapse, including the workplace. Coworkers or work-related events could all be associated with your prior drug or alcohol use. The fortitude to resist temptation and navigate those situations can only be gained after dedicated professional addiction treatment.

Contact Evoke Coconut Creek at 866.693.3871 or reach out online to get started.