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Sometimes you have to first hit rock bottom before you can make a genuine attempt at recovery. Too often, it’s like how JK Rowling put it: “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”. And the first step in this journey toward rebuilding your life is what rehab is about.

Family and Work Situations Matter

Family is an intricate part of your recovery process. In fact, when there is an addict in the family the situation poses a unique challenge and can test the unity and cohesion of a family. Needless to say, if you do have a family, we suggest you make the appropriate arrangements for your kids and spouse to be taken care of while in treatment. As important as your family is to you it is also important to your recovery process. You’ll want them to participate as much as they can; they can add much help and support when you need it.

Job Matters
As for work, the first thing you must be cognizant of is the fact that the Family and Medical Leave Act, entitles you to up to 12 weeks of medical leave. As a matter of fact, under the rules of the United States Department of Labor eligible employees are entitled to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for a variety of circumstances including:

  • to care for an employee’s spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition;
  • the birth and care of a child within one year of birth;
  • the adoption or foster care of a child within one year of placement;
  • the care or any qualifying exigency of any covered military member on “covered active duty”;
  • and, most importantly, for any serious health condition, including recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

You will be eligible for 26 workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

According to this law you cannot be fired or lose your job for taking time off for rehab. It is in fact your right. Should you encounter a hostile work environment when you return to work after rehab, you have legal options that protect you against unfair and retaliatory actions committed against you.

It Pays Off to Do Your Homework

Indeed: Doing your homework includes finding out exactly what the unique value propositions of the different treatment facilities are. You want to make sure that you choose an institution where the element of trust is there to back them up. Reputable institutions possess track records and are often reviewed by patients. So make sure you do your due diligence and find a suitable treatment center that offers you peace of mind, not to mention affordability. Not all treatment centers are created equal. Also, make sure your insurance carrier pays for your rehab. Look for a treatment center that both accommodates you and your particular needs with individualized care plans and a center where you can start your rehab process ASAP are of the utmost importance.

Got a DUI? So Now What? Alternative Sentencing is an Option

Let’s say you had one to many drinks and got pulled over while driving home. In California, by participating in a drug and alcohol related rehab program pre-emptively you can often gain favor in the eyes of the court. By acting proactively, you are showing the judge that you are earnest and committed to changing your life and are willing to take steps to prevent reoffending. Sobriety can sometimes lead to alternative sentencing.

As a matter of fact, BLVD Treatment Centers provide detox and addiction treatment as an alternative sentence option. But our commitment to you doesn’t stop there. BLVD Treatment Centers could actually write letters or make court appearances on your behalf or on behalf of a loved one before a judge to explain the program and your need for recovery.

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact a reputable treatment provider near you.


United States Department of Labor. Family and Medical Leave Act. Retrieved

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