Addiction affects people of all shapes and sizes. No matter what you do, who you work for or how much money you make, you are entitled to proper treatment and comprehensive care. All addicts and their families deserve the chance to recover at a professional, medical city. For employers who are looking for help for employees or Unions seeking substance abuse treatment their members, the solution lies here at Atlantic Recovery Center.
Addiction & Treatment for Union Members
Labor unions have fought hard for better wages and more rights in the work place, and this includes the right to have access to the mental health care and addiction treatment that addicts deserve. If one of your members is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction and truly have an interest in getting sober, please reach out to us with any questions.
All too often, workers are discouraged from seeking the help they need. They may fear for their job security if they take leave to seek treatment. When labor organizes for the right to both get treatment and keep one’s job, union members are much more likely to get help. However, culture and attitudes in the workplace may still prevent this from happening. It is not uncommon for workers to meet at the bar and drink heavily after a long day of work. Some progress from heavy drinking to abuse to alcoholism, but are hesitant to stop this self-destructive pattern for fear of consequences. Unions are working hard to detach the stigma from addiction and alcoholism allowing their members to seek the help they so desperately need. If you are a Union member who is struggling do not hesitate to connect your Union Representative.
Treatment & Recovery at Atlantic Recovery Center
When a union member arrives at Atlantic Recovery Center, he or she will be assigned an individual case manager to implement and oversee that member’s treatment regimen. This not only ensures the best possible individualized care, but also guarantees that all other affairs are attended to. The individual addict or alcoholic can take the time off to focus on their recovery while their case manager sees to their financial, legal and work-related matters.
A prevalent concern among union members is life after treatment, in recovery. Will they be treated differently in the workplace? Can they enjoy the bonding and fraternity that comes with regular after-work trips to the bar? Our therapists will address these concerns with workshops on emotional sobriety and relapse prevention. each individual will gain the tools he or she needs in order to not only stay sober for a lifetime, but to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life as they recover.
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), “treatment” is defined as “in- or outpatient services that focus on initiating and maintaining an individual’s recovery from alcohol or drug abuse and on preventing relapse.”
Unfortunately, a significant proportion of individuals with substance use disorders do not receive the care they need. Research shows that 47% of men and 41% of women in need of treatment for illicit drug abuse are not treated. The strongest argument for using the solutions offered at Atlantic Recovery Center is the opportunity to reduce the enormous costs—health, disability and liability—that companies face as a result of undiagnosed and untreated substance abuse.
Studies show that up to 70% of patients who are treated for substance dependence eventually recover.
Individuals who receive treatment for addiction have:
- Better long-term outcomes,
- Improved long-term health,
- Reduced relapse, and
- Improved family and other relationships.
Treatment for addiction must be of sufficient duration and intensity to maximize the likelihood that the employee will remain abstinent following acute care. In general, better outcomes are typically associated with inpatient treatment lengths that are greater than 50 days. In fact, research shows that for either residential or outpatient treatment, lengths of less than 50 days are of little or no effectiveness. Persons with more severe or multiple problems may need a longer duration.
There is a range of treatment settings, including:
- Residential treatment programs,
- Partial Hospitalization programs,
- Intensive outpatient care,
- Outpatient care, and
- Community support programs, such as 12-step programs.
Here at Atlantic Recovery Center we offer all levels of care with the goal being that the clients are given the best possible chance to recover after being in our care at some level for over 90 days. This continuum of care allows people to enter treatment at the setting most appropriate for the severity of their addiction and permits step-up or step-down adjustments as needed.
The choice of setting should be based on treatment needs and clinical characteristics of the patient, but the least restrictive, most appropriate treatment setting provides the opportunity to maximize outcomes while controlling costs.
A Return-to-Work Agreement (RTWA) is a written document that explains the expectations that the employer and the employee assistance/medical professional have of an employee who has completed mandated treatment for a substance abuse problem. The consequences if the expectations are not met are also outlined.
This agreement can be used if an employee has violated the drug-free workplace policy and has been provided the opportunity to participate in rehabilitation as a condition of continued or re-employment.
Developing a RTWA requires:
- Coordination between the employee, employer, union, Employee Assistance Program and/or treatment professionals.
- Compliance with the organization’s policies and legal obligations as well as with medical recommendations.
- Prior notification through company policy documents that an RTWA would be expected as a condition of continued employment.
Here at Atlantic Recovery Center our first priority is getting the healthy recovering client back to their life and work. Our case managers and therapists have years of experience in facilitating the smooth transition of Clients back into the real world.
A number of large employers currently include participation in continuing care as part of their overall treatment benefits. They expect that employees will participate in long-term treatment including peer social support like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Often these companies are subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations governing employee substance abuse, and they may use random testing. Companies may also require employees to “contract” for abstinence as a condition of returning to work following acute care, and they may require participation in continuing care. These employers feel confident that the treatments offered employees with substance use disorders are effective in providing them with the optimal opportunity for recovery.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives many employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period when needed to receive treatment for a “serious health condition”—which, under the FMLA, may include substance abuse. Individuals with substance abuse problems may take leave under the FMLA, but only for treatment that is administered by a health care provider or on referral by a health care provider. The leave must be for treatment; absence because of the employee’s use of the substance, rather than for treatment, does not qualify for FMLA leave. At Atlantic Recovery Center we have worked with hundreds of clients who have needed services navigating through this process and are extremely experienced with the requirements set by FMLA and documentation needed throughout the clients stay in treatment.
Treatment plans play a major role in recovery and returning to work. Employers should ensure that disability plan administrators verify that there is a documented treatment plan for employees who are on disability for a substance abuse disorder. We are very proactive with sending required documentation and communicating all disability related information allowing the client the least stressful environment while they are recovering. In addition, Atlantic recovery Center works with disability plan administrators in regards to return-to-work programs EAPS, and coordination of referrals and treatment activities.