Millions of U.S. residents struggle with a dependency on alcohol or other mind-altering drugs. In regard to working Americans, statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show that about 10 percent of the workforce is affected by this issue. Only a small percentage of people ever receive treatment for this problem. Someone who decides it’s time to quit using, and can’t do it alone, may enter an inpatient or outpatient treatment program at one of the drug rehab centers in Prescott Arizona.
Workers compensation benefits usually don’t apply when someone needs to take time off work to participate in drug or alcohol rehab. The employee should be allowed to take an unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which requires employers to give workers up to twelve weeks off for certain purposes. Many inpatient programs last 30 days, but people beginning their recovery often find that a 60-day or 90-day stay is even more helpful.
The only way a person can claim workers comp benefits for income and to pay for rehab is if the addiction developed directly because of the job. That doesn’t mean a stressful job qualifies as a work-related injury. However, unusual harmful occurrences sometimes occur in the workplace and may qualify. For example, a convenience store cashier who has been shot in a robbery may gradually develop an addiction to prescription pain medication or anti-anxiety drugs. The employer’s insurer then may be expected to pay for drug rehab.
A Serious Problem
In general, people who are chemically dependent miss more days of work than those who are not. They are more likely to have trouble doing their jobs as productively or as expected, as they may arrive at work hung over or experiencing the effects of a sedating substance.
Addiction to alcohol or other drugs qualifies for the FMLA because it is considered a disease or a serious health disorder. The harm that this excessive usage is doing to the individual is significant enough that leave for rehab at a center such as Life Transformation Recovery should be granted.