Making the decision to seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is a life-changing journey of self-reflection and transformation. While recovery opens up endless possibilities for the future, taking steps necessary to truly overcome a substance abuse disorder can be a difficult decision to make. Factors like child care, securing employment and housing, among other responsibilities may cause one to hesitate despite understanding the benefits of leading a clean and sober life.
If fear of losing your job is holding you back from seeking treatment, understanding your legal rights and protections under the Family Medical Leave Act is vital.
How FMLA Works
The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal law which protects employees of certain companies and organizations during medical treatment, including clinically supervised addiction recovery . Under the FMLA, employees may receive up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for the duration of medical care. Employers that fall within the constraints of this law are also required to maintain health benefits for eligible employees.
Do I Qualify for Family Medical Leave Act Benefits?
You may be able to file for FMLA leave under the following conditions:
How Do I Know if FMLA Applies to My Job/Employer?
Your employer is required to recognize and provide benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act if:
FMLA for Addiction Treatment
As an officially recognized a chronic brain disorder which causes compulsive drug and/or alcohol abuse, addiction falls under the umbrella of qualifying health conditions for the Family Medical Leave Act. As such, your medical insurance and employment status are legally protected for up to 12 weeks while you seek proper treatment and care. This security allows you to focus 100 percent your recovery without worrying about losing insurance coverage or being able to support your family following discharge from care. Through the FMLA, more people gain access to addiction treatment to achieve and sustain a clean and sober lifestyle for themselves and their families.
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