Posted by KimberlyDi on December 9, 2003, at 17:11:27
In reply to Re: What happens in treatment center, posted by rxnurse on December 9, 2003, at 1:56:01
Excellent advice RxNurse. :)
> I just read about your situation, and may have some useful info for you. Depending on what state you live and work in, you may be able to enter a diversion program set up by the state Board of Registered Nursing. They can help you find dignified treatment and detox facility and help you keep your job and license at the same time. The good thing about the program is that it is 100% confidential. No one would know except the Board and you! You would need to take a leave of absence from your job, for medical reasons. You are not required to tell your employer anything about your personal situation. You will need your doctor to write a letter verifying your medical leave, without any details why, and also use that letter to collect disability payments while you are not working. All the doctor's note has to say in order to collect disability from the state is that you are off work because of depression or whatever. You are not required to say it's for addiction treatment. With professional help, you can find appropriate in-patient treatment centers and pay with insurance or payment plans. Usually the state funded public facilities are scary, private facilities tend to be cleaner and better staffed. Do what's best for you to get help before someone at work finds out and sends a complaint to the Board of Registered Nursing about your problem. If that happens, you may lose your license or be suspended from practice. I'm an RN as well, and I know how stressful working is! Take care of the situation before it goes completely out of control, you deserve it!