Taking leave for rehab for myself, family and career. Could use some advice (esp from HR)

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Aug 12, 2018 15 Comments

I’m going to check into a rehab facility for 30 days and wanted to see if I should tell my company on the record that the reason I’ll be out a month is for a substance abuse. Ive already taken a good amount of leave as my wife passed away last year and tried to straighten out in that time, but at this point I know I need to take this next step. I’m currently on disability for ptsd, depression, and anxiety (all legit). I want to be honest, but should I stick to those diagnoses for my leave extension? Long story short, does taking leave for substance abuse on the record affect my future at my current company or others I may work for in the future? Apologies for the long post.

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  • Panasonic Avionics iJvK58
    Um, I think you just need a docs note that you need 30 days off for medical reasons. You dont have to say for what. Check your employer book, it should have it there.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • Microchip AvOhGaDro
    God’s peace be with you. You are doing the right thing to take time to care for yourself in this difficult time. Hang in there.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • Veritas / Other 13Jija
    No need to mention this to your employer. You have documents from your doctor and want leave and that is the end of the topic. Employer cannot question you. If your manager questions then stick to your story of PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. All the best and god bless!
    Aug 12, 2018 4
    • Panasonic Avionics iJvK58
      I don't think OP has to tell a manager even that. It is none of their beeswax. All they have to worry about is a backup to keep things moving.
      Aug 12, 2018
    • Veritas / Other 13Jija
      Great point! But some managers are....you know very well.
      Aug 12, 2018
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      SaaS1

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      It’s actually our absence management partner that needs to approve in order for me to keep my pay and health benefits. The approvals go through them and get sent to management and I’m not certain what’s included in those communications.
      Aug 12, 2018
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      SaaS1

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      Appreciate the responses. Goodnight all.
      Aug 12, 2018
  • Tesla $&.*
    Kudos for self awareness and for taking charge of your situation. Well done so far!

    Your employer doesn't have to know. As others mention, non-specific Dr note should be sufficient.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • New / Eng 🌲50
    My heart goes out to you my friend. Wish you the very best.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn MrunoBars
    Stay strong my friend
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • Comcast / Mgmt xc5Fg6Jkl
    Anything you say can and will be used against you, so say as little as possible to your employer. Good luck, and I hope it goes well.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
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    SaaS1

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    Thanks again all. Things are looking good!
    Aug 15, 2018 0
  • Facebook blood&fire
    Good luck and kudos for taking care of yourself
    Aug 12, 2018 0
  • Panasonic Avionics iJvK58
    Check your employee handbook. Or HR about personal leave, nothing else.
    Aug 12, 2018 0
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    Don't say anything. Get FMLA if you qualify, your doctor's note should be general like recovery from exhaustion or some BS. Best of luck
    Aug 12, 2018 0