Can You Work While in Rehab?

can you work while in rehab

Deciding to enter drug or alcohol rehab takes great courage. Still, not everyone can step away from their job for months at a time, so they worry about maintaining employment during rehabilitation. If you are worried about working while in rehab, take comfort in the fact that there are several options available to you and many ways you can work with a top-tier facility to incorporate your personal and professional responsibilities.

Contact Water Gap Wellness today to learn more about our Pennsylvania mental health treatment center.

Employment During Rehabilitation: Your Options

Working while in rehab might be something you require, even if it’s something as small as a few phone calls or being available in emergencies. But can you work in rehab? This comes down to the type of program you choose.


Employment during rehabilitation is much more easily managed if you choose an outpatient program.

There are several levels of outpatient programs. If you only have a few weeks you can take off, partial hospitalization programs or intensive outpatient programs are a viable alternative to residential programs with the added benefit of living at home. 


With partial hospitalization programs, you’ll have to come to your treatment facility every day of the week full time; however, you are still free to handle work calls and other responsibilities once you leave your treatment center in the evening.


If you pick an intensive outpatient program, these tend to last a few more weeks compared to the partial hospitalization program. However, you don’t have to come to the treatment center you choose every day of the week, only a few days per week which means you are freer to continue work in rehab outside of your services.

Traditional Outpatient

If you participate in traditional outpatient care, you might only have a few hours per week where you participate in group or individual sessions, which means you can continue your regular employment during rehabilitation.

Levels of Care

Each of these levels of care is designed as a step-down approach, so those who need full-time supervision are better off participating in a residential program for 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days and then stepping down to a less intensive outpatient program. 

But not everyone needs full-time supervision or needs to reside at a treatment center. If you are worried about working during rehab, a much better option would be to use vacation time or take a few weeks off work to cover the more intensive PHP or IOP and then continue with ongoing outpatient care while maintaining your regular job.

You can move through the most important outpatient levels of care with top-tier institutions like Water Gap Wellness. With our facility, we offer the following:

  • PHP
  • IOP
  • Outpatient

Why Choose Water Gap Wellness Center

With Water Gap Wellness Center, we work with you to provide several levels of outpatient care. Our treatment center offers dual diagnosis addiction services and mental health treatment. We work with you to find a schedule that enables you to continue working in rehab while getting the help you need.

We have:

  • An on-site psychiatrist five days per week
  • Two one-on-one sessions for each client
  • Daily group therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • And recreational activities

Our programs are designed with your personal needs in mind, which is why there are limited opportunities for work while you are participating in your individual and group therapy sessions. However, we can work with you to accommodate limited work matters and ensure you find a program you can attend without compromising your career.

We serve several areas and can help you find treatment and rehab opportunities that matter. 

Contact our team today to learn more about working while in rehab.

About WGWC

Water Gap Wellness Center offers expert and compassionate treatment for mental health and substance abuse at our Pennsylvania facility, just outside New Jersey, a short drive from New York. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today. 

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