Talking to Coworkers About Your Recovery
In most cases there isn’t any reason to bring the details of your personal life into your place of employment. Of course if you become very close with one or several of your coworkers this might change – developing friendships with coworkers outside of work is a completely different story. But if your coworkers ask you to go to happy hour with them after work, you don’t need to spill your guts and explain your active addiction and your desperate need to stay sober. You can say something along the lines of, “No thank you, I’m going to call it early tonight,” or “I don’t drink, but thank you for the offer!” Feel free to keep things as nondescript as you’d like.
If you are new to recovery and are prioritizing meetings and outpatient treatment and other aspects of aftercare, you might want to let your boss know about your situation so that you feel comfortable asking for time off when necessary. Before you do, gage the situation to the best of your ability. Also keep in mind that although being in addiction recovery is something to be proud of, not everyone will be as understanding as we’d like. Remember that there are laws in place to prevent discrimination. Any discrimination within the workplace is not condoned.