Teachers and professors have responsibilities for educating students. Besides school being stressful for the students with tests and homework, the classroom can be a very stressful environment for teachers and professors. When our teachers and professors suffer from the effects of substance abuse, they are not the only ones that suffer, the academic future of their school and students suffer from them. They don’t, however, have to continue this cycle of substance abuse that can and will end their careers as teachers or professors.
Many drug rehab programs can help teachers through the detox and recovery process while giving them the resources and skills necessary to resist relapse and return to the classroom with confidence. When we understand and educate ourselves with the dilemma it can be critical not only to the future of individual teachers that need help but also to our entire education system.
Substance Abuse Among College Professors
Substance abuse doesn’t discriminate between teachers. Every teacher can have a substance abuse problem from kindergarten to high school teachers to even college professors. Not one of them is immune to the mental, emotional or physical issues that come from their profession that may lead them to use drugs and alcohol as a coping skill.
You would think teachers and professors have it easy. How hard is it to talk in front of a group of kids and grade papers? But teachers especially college professors can be overlooked and underappreciated as well as underpaid regardless of their hard work. The many stressors of being a college professor can lead them to look for a way to escape reality and which usually leads to substance abuse. But as a college professor, if he or she has had a substance abuse problem, it probably isn’t because of their current profession. It takes quite a few teaching jobs to reach the level of being a college professor.
Regardless of when the substance abuse started It may already have or can lead to an everyday addiction to the point where it gets impossible to work. So where do they turn? What happens to their job when and if they go to rehab? Besides being embarrassed about asking for help and going to rehab, will they get fired if they do?
There Are Many Addiction Treatment Options for Professors
Thankfully college professors have many options when it comes to going to a drug treatment program. They can choose from inpatient and outpatient rehab programs.
Inpatient rehab programs: this is where you stay in a rehab facility overnight and go to daily structured therapy groups. These can last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days. It is the most supported system and structured recovery process. Also by staying overnight, it eliminates patient distractions where staying focused on getting sober is key. This may be an option if the professor is:
- Taking medical leave time
- During the summer when school is not in session
Outpatient rehab programs: An outpatient facility is where you go to treatment with professionals during the day but go back to your residence at night. This option is less structured; you have less focus on your sobriety and lack of accountability.
Choosing what best suits the situation can make a difference between getting sober and staying addicted. But you may have chosen which route you want to take but what about your job? Some laws can protect college professors that are seeking drug treatment:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a labor law that protects if you take a leave for medical reasons and can provide you with up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work annually without the risk of losing your job. The Family and Medical Leave Act also calls for existing group health benefits through your employer to be maintained during your leave. There are required requirements that must be checked beforehand to see if you are eligible though.
- Another federal law that prohibits discrimination against employees who have disabilities is The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). How this act usually works is if you voluntarily enter treatment maybe using your vacation time and an employer finds out, you are protected under the ADA and cannot be terminated. If using vacation time does not apply, you can speak to our admissions specialists her at Garden State Treatment Center and we can find a solution.
We Can Help Drug Addicted College Professors
At Garden State Treatment Center, we’re an experienced and highly trained team that has helped pull hundreds of families just like yours from the jaws of addiction and despair.
We are a Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited facility, which shows our commitment to continue elevating our standards and providing superior treatment for substance abuse. Start Healing Today.