Can You Go to Rehab and Still Work?

Can You Go to Rehab and Still Work?

Individuals with mild, moderate, and severe substance use disorders can all benefit from rehabilitation through a number of different inpatient and outpatient programs. So if you’re wondering whether you can go to rehab and still work, the answer is probably yes.


To start your path to recovery today, contact Brightside Recovery to see how out flexible scheduling, in-person and online therapy options, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help you.

Signs It’s Time to Go to Rehab

If you are wondering what the exact signs are to determine if it’s time to go to rehab or not, you or your loved ones are probably already experiencing enough symptoms to indicate rehab is the correct choice.


Alcoholics Anonymous released the following set of questions to help individuals determine if it’s time for treatment.


  1. Have you ever decided to stop drinking for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
  2. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your drinking– stop telling you what to do?
  3. Have you ever switched from one kind of drink to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting drunk?
  4. Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during the past year?
  5. Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble?
  6. Have you had problems connected with drinking during the past year?
  7. Has your drinking caused trouble at home?
  8. Do you ever try to get “extra” drinks at a party because you do not get enough?
  9. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk when you don’t mean to?
  10. Have you missed days of work or school because of drinking?
  11. Do you have “blackouts”?
  12. Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not drink?


These 12 questions have been answered by the thousands of people who have attended AA over the years. AA suggests their program may be beneficial for individuals who answered yes to four or more questions. 


But what if you can’t go to a rehab facility and live there for a couple of months while you get sober?


Can You Go to Rehab and Still Work?

Finally, the answer is yes. Individuals can go to rehab and still work. They can maintain a semi-normal schedule and still work through addiction treatment.


Addiction treatment centers across the United States now provide outpatient treatment as a primary treatment for individuals who have mild or moderate addiction. While it is not recommended for severe addictions or individuals who have comorbid mental illnesses. Individuals can successfully complete addiction treatment without ever staying overnight in a facility.


Intensive outpatient, outpatient, and digital programs now exist to support people who need to continue working and supporting their families while undergoing addiction treatment. 


Intensive outpatient programs work with their clients to provide addiction treatment either individually, through group therapy, or family therapy 5 days a week. This intensive programming is designed to mimic the structure of inpatient therapy and can support individuals just starting out who need the maintained structure of treatment.


Outpatient programs are less intensive and may occur 2-3 nights a week where an individual still meets their counselor independently and may work with a group or their family in a combined session. Outpatient programs are ideal for mild substance use disorders or as aftercare for individuals who have previously completed more intensive programs.


Finally, digital addiction treatment is now available for individuals. Innovations in addiction treatment, inspired by the need for continued treatment through the pandemic, have increased the availability of online individual and group addiction treatment sessions. This provides unprecedented accessibility for individuals who wish to complete an addiction treatment program.

How Can Brightside Recovery Accommodate Your Schedule?

Brightside Recovery, located in Chicago, offers both in-person outpatient care and digital addiction treatment through multiple locations around the city. Our programs are designed with our clients in mind, therefore we offer multiple opportunities in both the day and evening for individual and group therapy. 

By providing multiple programs, multiple ways to attend, in multiple locations, we have made our addiction treatment program is accessible to those who need help now. 

Don’t wait, contact Brightside Recovery today.

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