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How Can I Support An Employee Returning From Treatment?

Why is Relapse Prevention Important?

Many professionals face a similar anxiety when they have to return to work after treatment. What if they are treated differently? What if they still suffer? What if things don’t change for them? What if nothing gets better?

Returning to work is a hard-earned accomplishment for professionals in recovery. Whether you are boss, manager, or a coworker, these suggestions will help you support someone returning to work after treatment.

Show You Care By Engaging In Conversation

Just asking “How are you doing?” without preparing yourself for a full conversation will never be an authentic approach to showing a fellow employee that you care. Recovery is not always easy, regardless of what a professional in your life may be recovering from. They have experienced some of the worst days in their life. Today, they are fighting for their wellness and their career, changing their lifestyle in every way to support their recovery. “How are you” should be a meaningful, intentional question followed by a conversation.

Taking time to listen to your employee’s experience will give you inside information to how they are doing, how they are feeling about work, and what support they might need to continue making it through their early months of recovery.

Educate Yourself On Their Diagnoses

You may or may not be informed on what exactly your fellow employee went to treatment for, or what they continue to be treated for. If you do have the information, educate yourself on what living with that/those diagnosis/diagnoses is like. Research symptoms to look out for, treatments and therapies, stress management skills, and suggestions on the right things to say in moments of praise, as well as crisis. Your dedication and interest will be deeply moving to them and extremely meaningful for their recovery.

Encourage Them To Take Time When Needed

There are various laws which ensure an employee’s right to take mental health day when needed, following treatment for a mental health issue. Many professionals fall victim to the belief that taking time off for treatment is enough time. Beyond mental health days, encourage your fellow employee to take time out during the day by taking their lunch breaks, going on walks, taking time to meditate or call a trusted friend, or whatever else supports their recovery.

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