Going back to work might be your first major challenge after treatment. Work is often the biggest source of stress for people and therefore has a high risk of triggering a craving. You may also feel a little self-conscious, whether or not your coworkers were aware that you were gone for addiction treatment. Whatever your situation, here are some tips for making your return to work a little easier.
Take it easy.
If you’ve been away for 30 to 90 days, it’s likely most of your work has been delegated to other people. It might take you a little while to get back into the swing of things. Don’t be in too much of a hurry. Take back your responsibilities as you feel ready. Be willing to say no to things you don’t have time for. Protect your free time and weekends so you can still have enough time and energy to devote to recovery. As you start to feel more confident, you can take on a little more responsibility.
Focus on the positive.
Every job has its hassles–boring tasks, irritating coworkers, demanding clients, and so on. However, most jobs have some redeeming qualities that keep you working there despite the annoyances. Maybe you get a sense of purpose from your work. Maybe you really enjoy your work environment. Maybe the money lets you do good things for your family. Pay attention to these positive things and don’t get swept up in the minor annoyances.
Know how open you want to be.
Before you go back, have some idea what to say when people ask where you’ve been. You might want to say you’ve had family issues and leave it at that. However, you might want to be more open. There’s a possibility people will find out anyway and being honest will at least give you some control over your story instead of looking like you were trying to hide something. Being open can also let people know that addiction is something that can affect anyone, and possibly encourage others to get help. What you say and how much you want to reveal largely depends on your situation, but give it some thought beforehand so you’re not stuck trying to decide on the spot.
Practice stress management.
Know in advance how you plan to deal with stress. Have a few go-to strategies for when you start feeling anxious or overwhelmed, whether it’s deep breathing, positive self-talk, or taking a short walk. Also, practice good time management. Prioritize your most important tasks, delegate when you can, and don’t be afraid to say no sometimes. Also, be sure to communicate with your boss and let her know how things are going.
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