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What Are Some Strategies I Can Implement in Returning to Work After Treatment?

What Are Some Strategies I Can Implement in Returning to Work After Treatment?

Mental illness is certainly deserving of time and attention, as treatment can help a person better manage their symptoms, overall improving their quality of life. Returning to work after a period of time in treatment can be daunting, especially if you are unsure of how everyone will react to your return, how you will manage your responsibilities, and more. By implementing certain strategies to help you better transition, you can ensure that you feel safe, supported, and confident in returning to work.

A 2017 review published in Benefits Quarterly emphasizes several tips for managers and employers to use as they transition back to work after treatment for mental illness:

  1. Have a process in place for returning to work, and stay involved in all aspects of your workplace’s policies regarding this.
  2. Identify for yourself and your employees’ differences between performance-related issues and mental illness-related issues at work.
  3. Allow yourself flexibility when returning to work if you need it, so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Do what’s best for you.
  4. Ensure that your staff are trained in combating stigma to mental health providing support to those who need it.
  5. Be sure that you promote an inclusive environment at work. Your team will be much more prepared to support you and move forward with this transition if respect and understanding is the center of the workplace environment.

When returning to work, take each day one step at a time. Do not overload yourself with responsibilities, as you don’t want to jumpstart a relapse before it’s due. Remain in contact with anyone you’ve found motivational from your treatment program, and continue to see your therapist regularly so that you can maintain your plan of action. In addition, try to stay positive – for many, returning to work produces feelings of anxiety. Tell yourself positive affirmations, such as “Everyone will be supportive”, and “I will easily transition back to work”. This type of thinking will set you up in a good place to lead your team again.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about programs for mental illness and addiction. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

References

http://www.iscebs.org/Documents/PDF/bqpublic/Pomaki.pdf

 

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