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Strategies for Reintegrating at Work After Completing a Stay in Rehab

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By August 11, 2018

It can be nerve wrecking to face getting back into the swing of things at your job, now that you’re back from rehab. The idea of facing all of those same people can be daunting. Remember that it’s really normal to feel hesitant. When someone takes a step out of their everyday life and spends some dedicated and earnest time working on themselves they will change. If you went to a drug detox center, or a  long term rehab facility, you were joined by a strong community who helped you face the challenges of that work every day. It can be scary to go from that sort of community, to a group of people focused on themselves and not necessarily open to your personal struggles. But don’t forget, not only does every single person struggle with reintegration, but they all have to face it in their own healthy way. Different strategies work differently for each person, but here are some ideas to help you go from struggling to thriving at work.

  1. Discovery InstitutePosture matters more than you might think. Your body and your anxiety play at each other and the way your body feels can drive your anxiety. Your anxiety can also cause your body to tense up. If you spend eight hours a day hunched over a keyboard, your body is going to ache and that will lead to heightened anxiety levels.
  2. Eat breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner: If you’re anything like me, you often forget about eating at work, in the middle of all of the meetings, and deadlines, it’s easy to forget to stop and give yourself the energy and nutrition that your body needs to keep you going. Without this energy and care, your mood will suffer but so will your work performance.
  3. Take your breaks. Legally your place of employment is required to give you breaks and a lunch. Take that time. Don’t get sucked into the corporate slippery slope of eating lunch at your desk and not stepping away from your computer until you close it to leave in the evening.
  4. Keep as much to yourself as you need to in order to continue feeling comfortable. Most importantly keep in mind that you don’t need to explain yourself to them. The only thing you owe your place of work is your dedication in quality work and consistent performance. Keep in mind also, that you are not less than anyone around you. Everyone in life has struggles and demons. The fact that you’ve faced yours makes you fierce, and strong and brave.

It’s easier to face work if you take care of your physical needs. And it’s important to protect your heart. Engage as much as you want to, but don’t feel bad about holding your cards close when you need to.

If you or someone you know are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in New Jersey, then check out ou Drug Detox Centers in NJ and our Drug Rehab in NJ. We are one of the top rated drug rehab centers in New Jersey. We are dedicated to the rehabilitation and recovery of each of our patients. Give us a call at 844-478-6563 so we can help you move closer to a sober life, today.

 

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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