Getting Clean Off Heroin: How to Get Help & Keep Your Job

Getting Clean Off Heroin How to Get Help & Keep Your Job - TransformationCare

Let’s be real: Your heroin addiction is affecting not only your home life, but your work-life too. Maybe you’re missing deadlines or even skipping out on work altogether. Sooner or later your substance abuse will cause not only problems at work, but also could cause you to lose your job. It’s hard to kick heroin on your own, but it’s possible with the right help. Trust us — we’ve been there and we can share how to finally get clean off heroin for good, without losing your job.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

You know the feeling — chills or nausea come on as you’re trying to make it through your workday. Withdrawals can be dangerous and detox shouldn’t be done without professional medical supervision. If you or a coworker are showing signs of withdrawal symptoms, it’s definitely time to seek professional detox and residential treatment. Heroin withdrawal symptoms typically come in 3 phases:

Phase 1:

-Nausea
-Abdominal cramps
-Tearing
-Runny nose
-Sweats
-Chills
-Yawning a lot
-Muscle and bone aches

Phase 2:

-Vomiting
-Diarrhea
-Agitation
-Restlessness
-Tremors
-Trouble concentrating
-Goose bumps
-Fatigue

Phase 3:

-Anxiety
-Insomnia
-Depression
-Hypertension
-Rapid heart rate
-Muscle spasms
-Impaired respiration
-Difficulty feeling pleasure
-Drug cravings

How To Get Clean the Right Way

If you’ve tried to get clean off heroin before, then you know how hard it is to do on your own. With the help of Transformations Care, you not only get clean safely, but we’ll give you the tools you need to stay clean and return back to work thriving. 

So how does it work? Our medical team will manage your withdrawal symptoms every step of the way, using the latest techniques and tactics to get you through safely. They can even prescribe medications to help make the process less painful. Completely detoxing from Heroin typically takes between 5-7 days. After successfully getting rid of all the crap in your body, we’ll customize your residential addiction treatment program using a dual-diagnosis approach. This means that we use a mix of modalities like 12-step work, counseling, and music therapy to give you the tools you need to stay clean and sober when your return to your job.

How Do I Get Heroin Addiction Treatment & Not Lose My job?

Residential addiction treatment typically lasts between 30-90 days. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to keep your job if you leave for residential treatment. Truth is: under the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), if you take a leave of absence for addiction treatment, you can’t get fired. Addiction is a disease that needs treatment and time to heal, just like any other other disease. Getting clean and sober is a process that can’t be rushed. It’s the law that your work has to allow for you to take off up to 12 weeks off to get the help you need.

It’s better to get help sooner than later, because if you don’t make the move to get clean and sober now, you could end up losing your job. 

How Do I Find Addiction Treatment?

As a working professional, you have resources available to you that can help you find an addiction treatment center. EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs) give free consultations and referrals to the workers of the company they’re contracted with. If you’re part of a labor union, they can provide you with great advice and ensure your rights to take a leave of absence to get addiction treatment are being followed by your company. Unions can also give you trusted referrals of residential addiction treatment centers. Keep in mind though that not all treatment centers are created equal. Choosing the right program could be the difference in whether you end up staying sober after treatment AND keep your job.

At Transformations Care, we understand that it seems overwhelming and scary to both take time off from work and get clean from heroin. Most of our clinicians and staff are in recovery and have been in your shoes before. We’ll help guide you through getting clean and set you up for a life of lasting recovery. To learn more about how to take a leave of absence and get from heroin for good, give us a call at 424.339.0965.

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Getting Clean & Sober at Home

Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
 
 If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.