Addiction is a life-threatening condition that plagues the minds and lives of millions of people across the country. When your mind becomes fixated on gaining instant gratification from substances that chemically alter the brain, it rips through every area of your life. The first step to getting back on track is to admit there’s a problem and get help from trained professionals. As this process can be time-consuming, it leaves some wondering how they’ll handle caring for themselves without abandoning their day-to-day responsibilities.
In taking the time to kick your drug or alcohol habit, dealing with the source of the problem, and learning new techniques for coping in the future, you sacrifice a lot. Time away is likely needed right now for you to heal, but perhaps you’re worried about your kids, a job, or a loved one. Is it possible for one to really put themselves first without having the rest of their lives fall apart? The answer is yes.
Look for the Right Program
The first step to balancing addiction recovery and your daily life is to find a program that works for you. Each company offers something different as they realize those who suffer from addiction have an array of needs and priorities. If you can’t commit to a 30 or 60-day stay in a residential program, explore outpatient drug treatment options instead. These are programs in which you can still get the same treatments like detox and therapy, without having to reside outside of your home.
Talk to Your Support System
Do you have someone or a group of people that will support you no matter what? If so, now is the time to reach out to them. Explain that you’re struggling with addiction and want to take the necessary steps to heal, however, you have other responsibilities you can’t let fall by the wayside. Depending on what your needs are (help with the kids, lightening your load at work, being an accountability partner), your support system can work together to help you put your health first.
Communicate with Your Employer
Many addicts find it difficult to function at their best at work. Though you’re taking the steps to get better, the often unpredictable path to recovery can cause problems in the workplace. So, it is best to speak with your employer upfront about what’s going on. As your addiction has likely altered your behavior and performance, letting your boss know what’s happening can actually save your job. Most companies have policies in place to allow their staff time to get treatment for their illness. There’s also the Family Medical Leave Act which gives you several weeks to recover without worrying about losing your employment. Be as open and honest as you can so you can come up with a strategy that allows you to tend to your own needs and maintain a positive rapport at your place of business.
Stick to the Plan
You’ve found a rehab program that is best suited for your lifestyle, you’ve rounded up the troops to assist with things at home and at work, you’ve even had a conversation with your employer. Hopefully, this has lightened your load and allows you to focus more on your own needs for recovery. Fully invest yourself in the rehab program and apply the tools you learn to your life, develop a schedule that includes self-care, and continue to rely on those you love and care for to support you. The longer you allow other responsibilities to take priority over your own health, the more difficult it becomes to do anything.
It’s hard to think about taking the time to care for yourself when you’ve got children to raise, bills to pay, a job to keep, or a relationship that needs attention. The truth is, however, if you keep putting off your health and recovery needs for the sake of other people and things, you won’t be able to have or enjoy any of the things you hold so dear. It is possible to manage it all while getting yourself together and it all starts with making a plan, finding what works for you, and sticking to it.