There’s no doubt that addiction takes a hold of every aspect of a person’s life. You probably watched it destroy your relationships, eat up your savings, and even change your physical appearance. It likely even severely affected your performance at work. Similarly, recovery touches every aspect of your life. Only, this time, it’s in a positive way. Your relationships are mended, your hobbies are sober and fun, and your friends either have the same mindset or support your new, healthy lifestyle from the outside. But what about your job? Should you tell your boss you’re in recovery?
The main thing to remember is your recovery is yours. The people you decide to share it with are your choice. But we do have some tips to help you decide how much weight your boss should have in your disclosure.
If You’re Going Into Treatment
Your boss has a little more weight if you’re going to be entering treatment while working for him. You’ll likely have to take a few days off for treatment, especially if you’re going to detox first. Taking time off for treatment isn’t like taking time off because you’re sick. Recovery is a major thing that will play a huge role in the rest of your life. So, it’s important that your boss understands how crucial that is. Your company might also have extra resources available for people who need help. You won’t know that unless you do research or talk to your boss. It’s also helpful to know that your boss probably already knows of (or at least sensed) your addiction struggle. So, if he’s aware that you’re getting help, the outcome will likely be much better than you expected.
Tips for Telling your Boss About Treatment:
If You’ve Completed Treatment
Because recovery plays such a huge role in a recovered addict’s life, many people wonder if they should disclose that they’re in recovery to their boss. If you’ve already completed treatment and you have a solid foundation in recovery, you have a little more leeway about who you should disclose your recovery to. There are people you should absolutely consider sharing your recovery with, like your girlfriend or boyfriend, kids, parents, and close friends. But your boss is not necessarily one of those people. Your boss only really needs to know about your recovery in certain situations. Otherwise, sharing it with him or her is completely up to you.
Reasons your Boss Might Need to Know About your Recovery:
Ultimately, whether or not you disclose your recovery to your boss is up to you. It’s important to remember that honesty is one of the core values for almost every company. But anonymity is also a huge part of many people’s recovery. If you’re struggling with the decision to tell your boss, hopefully these tips have helped you. But don’t let that decision stress you out. It can be a trigger for relapse. Just remember that the most important thing is to be honest with yourself and do whatever will benefit you and your recovery the most.
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