No one wants to walk under a cloud or be wrapped in a shadow. After completing a treatment program, many professionals return to work. As a professional in recovery,  you will be re-inserted into the workplace with the high probability of being judged.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, a person is allowed to take medical leave without providing specific details, as long as they’ve been diagnosed by the appropriate professional. Diagnosed addicts are also protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so the now-sober alcoholic/addict should not allow concern for their individual rights stand in the way of their sobriety.

Receiving education/treatment is not detrimental to development; it was the smartest thing that you did at the time. Because you are smart, you will use this clean slate/fresh start opportunity erase poor behaviors and discard your previous reputation and make it a thing of the past.

The great news is there are a bevy of individuals who have arrived at this intersection before and will assist you in accepting and embracing sobriety, recovery and freedom in ways you have never envisioned. – DH