Many people suffering with drug addiction state they’re unable to attend drug rehab because they cannot take time off work. If you are suffering from drug addiction, we encourage you to seek help, whatever your circumstances. Read on to learn how to discuss your drug addiction with your employers, and keep your job after receiving drug addition treatment.
Talk to your doctor
A medical opinion is the best way to present your case to your employers. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your issue. Depending on the severity of your addiction, they may advise taking time off work and attending a residential drug rehab.
Consult your contract
Larger companies often have drug misuse policies stipulated in their employee contracts. This may include what circumstances might result in a dismissal for drug misuse and any support they are willing to provide.
Interestingly, there is no legal requirement for UK companies to provide and implement drug dependency policies. However, they do have a prescribed ‘duty of care’, outlined by the Health and Safety Executive’s guide to drug misuse at work. Employers are advised to encourage employees with a drub abuse problem to seek treatment, such as a drug addiction detox programme.
Speak to your Manager
Have a private discussion with your manager to discuss your options. You have the same rights to discuss the issue confidentially as any other medical condition. If your drug use is impacting your work performance or risks putting others in danger, your manager may agree to allowing unpaid leave whilst you have drug addiction treatment.
Claim to an employment tribunal
If you are dismissed after requesting time off for drug addiction treatment, you may have the right to claim for unfair dismissal from an employment tribunal. Ensure you have a record of all the communication regarding the issue with your employer and doctor. If you are unsure about this process, you can receive free legal advice from Citizens Advice.
If you would like to know more about starting a drug detox programme or more information about our private drug rehab, The Providence Projects, please call our trained counsellors today 0800 955 0945.