Making the decision to enter addiction rehabilitation is a big step and can be stressful for some, as they worry about jeopardizing job stability while receiving treatment. Fortunately, laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide protection and prevent people from being fired for going to rehab for substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD).Patients can choose between two types of rehabilitation: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient rehab requires patients to stay in a hospital for at least 28 days, where they receive intensive, highly structured care. Outpatient rehab, on the other hand, allows patients to live at home and go to a clinic or center on a regular basis for sessions with substance abuse treatment professionals.Mandatory drug treatment programs are on the rise, but can a person really recover when forced to undergo treatment? This can be confusing if you wonder if your addiction is serious enough to need rehabilitation.
The answer is yes - no matter your addiction or income level, there are rehabilitation centers across the state that offer individualized treatment.A multi-million dollar rehabilitation industry has grown around families desperate to help their loved ones overcome addiction. Before New York enacted the new rules for addiction treatment, Medicaid only covered inpatient rehabilitation for some people and did not cover the cost of detoxification at all. Many rehabilitation programs offer job training and other support services to prepare you for a stable and fulfilling life after rehabilitation.The FMLA, approved in 1993, serves to protect people who require leave from work to care for themselves, a child, spouse or a parent with a serious health problem. According to the FMLA, an employer cannot demote, fire or refuse the promotion of an employee who uses his leave.
The FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid, non-refundable leave for qualified individuals to seek treatment for an LDS or AUD or to help a loved one struggling with addiction without being fired. It also allows access to group health care benefits during that time to help cover the costs of treatment and is reinstated annually.The ADA, federal rights legislation that went into effect in 1990, protects recovering employees and those who have sought addiction treatment from discrimination. Yes, you may be fired from your job for going to rehab if the addiction interferes with your ability to do your job.In addition, there are several New York drug laws in place to help protect people who are addicted and prevent future generations from becoming addicted.