How to Avoid Losing Your Job to Tramadol Use
Tramadol is a non-narcotic drug prescribed for a variety of reasons including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, restless-leg syndrome and pain relief. It is also given to cancer patients with acute pain. Even though it is not a narcotic, if used in high doses for a long period of time, tramadol use can lead to physical and psychological dependence. According to the Centers for Disease Control, accidental overdose from tramadol and other opioid drugs has steadily increased over the last decade. Many of those deaths are from people who were not originally prescribed the medication.
Unfortunately only a small percentage of those who are addicted to tramadol and other opioid drugs receive the treatment they need. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, those addicted to opiates accounted for the largest number of drug-related admissions to treatment facilities. This underscores the addictive nature of tramadol and the importance of seeking professional help to deal with addiction to it.
How Do I Know I Have a Tramadol Addiction?
Many people don’t even realize that they have become addicted to a drug. One of the symptoms to consider is decreased production in the workplace. If you see that you are not functioning at levels that are similar to those before you began taking tramadol, then talk to your doctor immediately. However, many people are considering high-functioning addicts and can continue on with life as normal without showing any signs of addiction, so don’t be fooled. Many times, though, common symptoms of addiction will be present.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs of addiction include the following:
- Taking the medication more often than prescribed
- Taking higher dosages than recommended
- Stealing, forging, or selling prescriptions
- Getting prescriptions from more than one physician
- Purchasing the medication illegally (on the street)
- Difficulty making good decisions
- Continually pretending to lose medication, so more prescriptions must be written
If any of the symptoms above describe you, get help immediately. Your life is too important to lose to a tramadol addiction.
What If I Might Be Losing My Job?
If the company you work for conducts random drug testing and you fear you might fail the test, the best option for you is to talk with your Human Resources (HR) department. It is important to be honest about your disease of addiction) to find out about your options for recovery. Most companies are willing to work with you if want to get help. Many HR departments have rules and policies that will protect your privacy, so you can speak freely with them. Before you talk with HR, refer to your company’s employee manual to make sure you can speak in confidentiality.
If you do not think it would be safe to talk with your employer first before getting treatment, there are still options. You can go directly into detox and treatment bypassing your workplace altogether. If you work in a place that employs more than 50 people and you have been employed a year or more, your job and your privacy are well protected. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for medical reasons while protecting your job and your confidentiality. The center where you receive treatment will call HR for you, advise the company that you need to take medical leave and will request the paperwork to ensure this leave. Discussions with the HR staff are protected by confidentiality laws, and very few details are disclosed. The HR staff will be directed to inform your supervisor that you are taking medical leave, and no more information is disclosed. The staff at the treatment center you choose are highly trained and qualified in talking with employers, so you can rest assured that your situation will be handled professionally and confidentially.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Tramadol Use?
Fortunately there are several treatment options available to you. The type of treatment you choose will depend largely on several factors, including your financial situation, living situation, insurance and family support. Treatment options for single mothers include the following:
- Residential program – This treatment program is by far the most preferable. By entering an inpatient residential program, you can immerse yourself in recovery and focus on nothing else. This is also the best option if you are in a drug-using environment.
- Outpatient programs – Outpatient treatment centers can provide the same detox and recovery options as a residential treatment program, except that the individual goes home at the end of the day. This can be a particularly viable option if you need to be at home at night or if financial obligations or insurance will not support inpatient treatment.
- Group and/or individual therapy – For men and women unable to attend a treatment program, group and/or individual therapy can be a helpful option. This calls for less time away from family and work and calls for less financial resources.
Treatment can last 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, or longer. Therapy can involve group and individual counseling, NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings, and a combination of other approaches. During therapy you will examine the underlying conditions that contributed to your addiction as well as triggers that might cause you to relapse.
Get Help for Your Tramadol Addiction
Tramadol addiction can destroy your life, but you can take the first step of recovery by admitting that you need help. You can call our toll-free helpline anytime 24 hours a day, and you will be connected with an addiction recovery specialist who can talk with you about your options for overcoming your addiction. Don’t let tramadol control you any longer. Call us today.