When people in the field of education turn to substances, they often struggle with finding support. There are stigma and challenges attached to moving forward in recovery because of taking time off work, telling their colleagues where they are going, and the resulting consequences of working around young people following rehab. Drug rehab can be a powerful tool for teachers and educators going through withdrawal or in need of a program for addiction.
Why Educators Become Addicted
Educators work at a higher standard than typical professionals because they are role models to students they lead and teach every day. From the younger grades on up, teachers are supposed to be the ones students can go to with questions, fears, hopes, and dreams for moving ahead in life and striving for something better. Drugs are there to fill a need for the person using them, whether it is the brain that is addicted, cravings from the body, or an emotional desire to use a substance that calms anxiety, fears, and trauma. They may also use it to relieve stress from working in environments where so many students need help or struggle with addiction, too, and it can become overwhelming to deal with. Drug abuse may start as one reason but ultimately it becomes an addiction when the brain and body are unable to let go and the person keeps seeking more of the drug to feel the same effects.
Symptoms of Drug Abuse
When looking at an educator or professor, there are some symptoms to think about that may illuminate if there is a problem:
- Lack of attendance at work
- Mood swings
- Difficulty managing anxiety, anger, or other emotions in the classroom
- Missing important meetings or not finishing their work
- Taking off work for physical illness more often than seems normal
These symptoms are not only harmful to the person with addiction, but it interferes with the entire school system because it has a wider impact on the ability to plan and implement lesson plans and relate to students and peers. This negatively impacts student’s ability to succeed and their efficacy. With the right support, they should be able to seek help from the administrators and school system so they can return to work following rehab.
A drug rehab center that focuses on post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) can increase the chance of having a lasting recovery. People in recovery will associate drug or alcohol use as a way to alleviate those symptoms but this is not the case. People who are educators that suffer from substance abuse need support, encouragement, and understanding. They need professional help from a place that services professionals and educators. They can find that support in treatment programs that focus on helping educators and other professionals find flexible, healing options, for their journey of recovery.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live sober, including educators, professors, and other professionals. Our goal is to provide space for you to reach your recovery goals with the help of our professional staff and programs. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702