Recovering from addiction is not like recovering from a cold. It’s an ongoing process that you must commit to in order to stay clean. Your recovery process should include self-care, but it should also include other steps to take care of your mental health. Addiction can be rooted in a deeper mental health issue or related trauma, so getting to the root of your addiction is the best chance for a lasting recovery. Take whatever time you need from work to really address your issues—and try not to rush yourself back into the responsibilities. Relapse is common in addiction treatment, but you should still do all you can to prevent yourself from slipping back into old habits, which includes reducing work stress when you do decide to return. Ask about starting part-time at first or other flexible work arrangements, if you think it could help you stay strong in recovery.
Admitting you have an addiction and realizing you need help are the hardest steps in any recovery process. If you have already come this far, you have a lot to be proud of, so don’t let the fear of stigma at work keep you from starting your recovery. You can do this!