Rehab for Union Members Concord, CA
Bay Area Drug and Alcohol Recovery
We Work with Employee Assistance Programs and Insurance
FAQs – Union Members Addiction Recovery Questions
To begin the process of getting treatment for alcoholism or an addiction, union workers are advised to contact their Union Rep or Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Will I get fired if I tell my union rep about mental health or substance abuse?
Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protect addicted individuals from discrimination and help them get the treatment they need without losing the jobs they need to survive.
Once you enter a rehabilitation program, you’re protected by the ADA and cannot be fired for reasons related to your addiction or the treatment process, even if it causes you to miss work. This applies to all state and local government employers and private companies with 15 or more employees.
How does disability or the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply?
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law passed in January of 1993. The FMLA provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. The employee’s health benefits must also be maintained during these 12 weeks.
According to the United States Department of Labor, if you would like to take FMLA leave to enroll in a drug rehab program (or for any other purpose), you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be employed by a covered employer
- You must have worked for your employer for at least 12 months
- You must have at least 1,250 hours of service for your employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave
- You must work at a location where your employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles
See More Info at https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla
Every employer’s FMLA policy is different, so your employer may require that you request FMLA leave within a certain time frame before leaving for rehab. Your employer may also request certification from a health care provider or a second or third medical opinion, at their expense, not yours.
To determine the terms and conditions of for a FMLA leave, contact your Union Rep or Employee Assistance Program EAP.
How much will my insurance cover?
What is the point of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)?
Do I have to go to a treatment center near me?
Insurance coverage and EAP Programs vary. We can assist in verifying benefits.
For Questions, Professional Interventions or Immediate Help –
Call Admissions at 866-303-6275 for assistance.
Can you help with my Return to Work Order?
Yes, we can.
New Start Recovery Solutions writes and certifies a Return to Work Order for our patients who need one.
New Start Recovery Solutions
Serving Northern California and the U.S.
Substance Abuse Among Professionals
Substance abuseand alcohol abuse can occur at any income level. Highly paid professionals – as well as union members and blue collar workers – experience substance use disorder and alcohol use disorder.
In 2017, an estimated 8.5 million U.S. adults 18 or older reported having co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis). This means that within the previous year, they experienced both (any type) of mental illness and a substance use disorder.
Chronic stress is a well-known risk factor in the development of addiction. Professions with ongoing high levels of stress are the most vulnerable to developing alcohol or substance abuse.
Professions Experiencing High Levels of Stress
Pilots and Flight Attendants
Clinicians (LCSW, LPC, LMFT)
Airline Professionals Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment
Flight Attendants experience high stress situations daily. The work demands (and stress) for flight attendants, especially in the last 12 months, have skyrocketed.
Functional alcoholics and addicts will begin to increasingly drink or drug to cope. However, the health effects of consuming large daily amounts of alcohol or substance abuse will catch up with the individual – sooner or later.
No one wants to take time off work for rehab. But in the long run – taking the time to take care of yourself by seeking treatment is time well spent.
Discovering sobriety and wellness – and the improvement in the quality of life – is a joyful experience!
Functional Alcoholism and High Functioning Addicts
Functional Alcoholism and High Functioning Addicts are a problem in all professions. With functional (high-functioning) alcoholism or drug addiction – the individual continues to go to work every day.
In the beginning, the work performance of a functional alcoholic or addict does not show significant impairment.
In some cases, alcoholism or addiction can continue for years in without much adverse notice in the workplace. However, the addiction cycle with all its negative impacts on physical health – and family relationships – is still operating full force.
This will continue until the addict experiences a DUI, DWI or serious workplace accident.
Or, until the addict finally experiences a major health event and is carried out of the workplace on a stretcher.
Functional Alcoholics and Addicts Rarely Seek Help on Their Own
Functional alcoholics and functional addicts are unlikely to seek help on their own – as they believe they do not have a problem. Relationship partners and children are strongly negatively impacted by the addictive behaviors involved.
If you are in a relationship with a functional alcoholic or addict – it is important to protect yourself and any children involved. Family therapy and stabilization of the entire family is needed for lasting and ongoing recovery.
Interventions are often the best chance for functional alcoholics or addicts to get help.
Withdrawal symptoms – regardless of the substance – are known for being very painful; both physically and mentally. Withdrawal symptoms can be so distressing that any attempt to stop using can result in using again just to get relief.
Recovery support begins with detox from drugs and alcohol. The right detox program helps individuals through physical withdrawal symptoms. And, it will provide the medical assistance needed during this rough time.
At our Northern California drug and alcohol rehab center locations – medical detox is designed to provide our patients with support they need. Recovery support continues with New Start Recovery Solutions integrated and holistic addiction rehab to give those addicted the foundation and tools to begin to live a clean and sober life.
Is Quitting on Your Own Harmful?
Depending on the individual’s history of abuse and medical and physical conditions – the severity of detox effects will differ.
However, the risks of detox for all serious drug and alcohol users can be dangerous. Detox should never be attempted alone.
A sudden stop of drug and alcohol use can lead to seizures, heart attacks and strokes. In severe cases, unsupervised detox can even cause death.
Dual Diagnosis Addiction Rehab Treatment: Addiction Treatment with High Quality Mental Health Care
Research has determined that co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis) are extremely common. In order to sustain long-term recovery, any mental health underlying causes of addiction must also be uncovered and treated.
Primary mental health care combined with whole person addiction rehab treatment using an integrated treatment approach gives the best outcomes for long term addiction recovery.
Dual diagnosis (also known as co-occurring disorders) can include mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD and more.
Northern California Whole Person Addiction Recovery
We are dedicated to helping those in need.
We Work with EAP and Union Programs and Accept Most Insurance
We thank all the essential workers that continue to assist in these times!
We recognize the importance of continuing to serve our clients.