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Can You Work While in Rehab?

It’s a common question that we often hear from our patients and one that you might ask as you research how, when, and where you will begin your recovery from substance abuse: Can you work while in rehab? Some people work full-time while overcoming a substance use disorder (SUD). This means that a substance abuse treatment program in a professional detox and rehab center can and will help you recover while keeping you working and providing for your family. Contact The Right Step Houston online today or call 1.844.768.0169 to learn how our substance abuse treatment programs can be customized for you and your unique schedule. 

Can You Work While in Rehab?

Yes. While an inpatient or a partial hospitalization program will offer more intense therapy and rehab, not everyone can either afford the cost of those treatments or the time away from the office that both require. However, there are some things to keep in mind when answering the question, “Can you work while in rehab?” 

For individuals who must remain focused on keeping the paychecks coming in, the most common approach to substance abuse treatment is an intensive outpatient program (IOP). This is an addiction treatment plan that, after a thorough medical assessment, is recommended in cases of severe substance abuse and drug addiction for people who must continue working to provide for their families.

Benefits of Undergoing IOP and Working While in Rehab

The first step in recovery is acknowledging that you struggle with a substance use disorder and dependency on:

  • Alcohol
  • Opiates
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Painkillers
  • Other substances

An intensive outpatient program is one way to accomplish the worthy goal of living a sober life while spending time at work, sleeping in your bed during your recovery, and continuing to work. Here are some benefits of an IOP program and continuing to work while in rehab.

Support Your Family

You will have the flexibility to continue working and supporting your family while you get clean and sober. The IOP will teach you important life lessons through various therapies and give you the freedom and flexibility to live, work, and be at home each night while still getting the professional, intense treatment needed to recover from addiction.

You will likely not need to take a leave of absence from work while you recover from addiction because the IOP schedule has built-in flexibility that will allow you to maintain your work-life balance. 

Lower Cost

The cost of intensive outpatient care is, generally speaking, less expensive than inpatient treatment. Your work, school, and home life will be uninterrupted as you get the skills and compassionate care you need to recover, all at a lower cost. And in addition to being able to keep working and providing for the family, the cost of care is often a primary reason patients choose outpatient programs. Many individuals who need intensive treatment for drug or alcohol abuse treatment cannot afford inpatient rehab. Still, an IOP program is often more reasonably priced, allowing more patients to get clean and stay clean for a lifetime.


One of the hurdles in addiction recovery is the fear, embarrassment, and shame some people feel in getting help. By getting help in the evenings while still working, your treatment will not be known to anyone unless you disclose this private part of your life. In our IOP, patients are treated by a team of caring professionals committed to privacy and discretion. The community you will rely on in recovery, those people also going through an outpatient program, will help you find confidence and feel safe while going through rehab and healing at your own pace.

Learn More About Working While in Rehab in Texas at The Right Step Houston

Your career does not need to come between yourself and addiction recovery. The Right Step Houston can be the first stop in reclaiming your life while you continue to work and spend time at home with loved ones. Contact The Right Step Houston today at 1.844.768.0169 to learn more.

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