Can I Still Go to Work While in an Outpatient Program?

Jul 19, 2023

We know that working is an essential part of life. Renaissance Ranch offers outpatient treatment options, which could allow you to still go to work while receiving treatment if that is an appropriate option for you. 

Can You Still Go to Work While in Outpatient Treatment?

Having an enjoyable job and going to work can be a fantastic way to be in the world and engage with other people. Work can be a healthy way to stay involved and not isolate yourself. While in one of our outpatient treatment programs, you may very likely be able to still go to work if that is the right choice for you.

You may be wondering how to know if working while in outpatient treatment in Utah is the right option for you. We have experienced staff who can help you determine what to do regarding work. Our outpatient programs also have differing hours, but it is important that you don’t let your work determine your recovery. It could be time to take a step back from work and focus on getting yourself healthy before you are able to return to work.

Work can be a huge part of your life. There are pros and cons to that, but it could also mean you need to put more energy into recovery at this time. It doesn’t mean you have to completely stop working, but it might for some people. You may just need to work fewer hours. Everyone’s needs and preferences are going to be different.

Outpatient Treatment Programs We Offer

We offer many different programs, including our outpatient treatment programs. In outpatient treatment, we work to help heal the whole individual from addiction, both internally and externally. We offer 3 different types of outpatient programs:

  • Partial hospitalization program/Day treatment (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • General outpatient program (GOP)

Each individual in our outpatient programs has their own unique treatment approach. Our PHP includes 20+ hours of treatment per week, IOP offers 9+ hours per week, and GOP is less than 9 hours a week. We are able to offer a multitude of different counseling services during your time in treatment. Depending on each person, we also offer a variety of other services to cater to your specific needs while in an outpatient program.

If necessary, Renaissance Ranch can refer you for additional support regarding other common co-occurring issues like:

Can I Still Go to Work While in Outpatient Treatment?

In some cases, individuals in our outpatient treatment program may be advised not to work. Other times, it may be appropriate, or even necessary, to still go to work. Recovery is going to be different for everyone, so it’s important to do what is right for your situation and not to compare to others. 

Our treatment programs see the importance of interacting and engaging with others. Working can be one way to socialize and find meaning in life. However, working can be a stressor or even a trigger for some. With this in mind, we want to be sure that each person in our outpatient program is still going to go to work only when we see fit. 

Some instances where working while in the outpatient program could be beneficial are if you enjoy your job and do not find work to be a trigger to you. Working and engaging with life and people outside of addiction is going to help you in your recovery journey. We believe you can be successful in the working world while still receiving treatment for addiction. 

When Continuing to Go to Work Is Not a Good Option

For many Americans, working is stressful. Still going to work while in outpatient treatment could be an unhealthy coping mechanism for some people, especially if you are someone who tends to overwork themselves. This could lead to bigger issues, such as triggering situations. 

Some individuals don‘t have a healthy work environment. It will be important to recognize if continuing to work at your current place of employment is going to be harmful or not to your recovery. If your work environment is not healthy for you, we may advise looking for other work.

If your job would require you to work hours that would interfere with treatment hours, this could be another instance to consider not working. One of our goals is to help you integrate back into the world healthily and with support. This includes working a job for most people. We know that not continuing to work is a scary thought, but we want to assure you that we will help guide you along the way in the right direction regarding working.

You may be wondering if you can still go to work while participating in an outpatient treatment program. This could absolutely be an option for you. We offer many varieties of therapies and 3 different types of outpatient treatment programs to best accommodate your specific needs. We want to ensure that you have the best support both inside and outside of treatment. At Renaissance Ranch, we are going to do our very best to make sure you can live the full life you deserve with recovery. Whether that means you go to work while in our program, or that working is a goal for you in the future, we are here to help. Call (801) 308-8898 for more information.