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September 25, 2023 By Leah Malone

Mothers Who Work During Treatment: Balancing Recovery, Home-Life, and Your Career


Not all women have the luxury of stepping away from their careers to attend residential treatment. Single mothers and women who are the sole breadwinner in a family often feel unable to stop working long enough to attend inpatient care programs. However, early intervention and treatment are the best way to reduce the risk of adverse side effects and limit the negative influence on children in the home. Emerge Recovery TX offers flexible outpatient programs to ensure mothers who work get the care they need to heal and maintain long-term sobriety.

Mothers Who Work Often Face Unexpected Challenges

Working parents have to juggle a lot of responsibilities and unexpected challenges. Attending treatment while maintaining a healthy home-work balance may feel impossible. The dedicated clinicians at Emerge Recovery TX have years of experience helping women find positive ways to cope with stressors and fit recovery treatment into their busy schedules. 

Some of the challenges facing working mothers in recovery include:

  • Fear of losing custody of children or other legal actions
  • Social stigmas and the judgments of friends, family, and strangers
  • Self-doubt and difficulty balancing home, work, and recovery
  • Health issues related to substance misuse or co-occurring disorders
  • Finding childcare throughout the day and evenings during treatment
  • Concern over their children’s well-being

Treatment provides mothers with the skills, tools, and resources to address underlying issues while coping with everyday problems. 

Resources for Mothers Who Work During Treatment

Women who work during outpatient care have various community-based and private resources available to help them transition into and out of treatment. Childcare, transportation, and flexible therapy sessions make achieving recovery and personal goals easier for mothers. 

Some resources women often rely on during early recovery include:

  • Case management 
  • Medication management 
  • Support groups 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Peer mentorships

Working during treatment increases stress. The added accountability and support of self-help groups or mentors help women maintain sobriety and remain consistent with treatment. Most local city or county Health and Family Services departments provide additional resources for women participating in outpatient programs. Mothers can also check with their workplace. Some employers offer recovery support services to facilitate treatment for people in the workforce. 

Creating a Balance Between Work, Home, and Treatment

Women who work and raise a family may feel there isn’t enough time to attend treatment. However, avoiding treatment can negatively affect all areas of their life, including their child’s health. According to Social Work in Public Health, “A parent with a SUD, who is mood altered, preoccupied with getting high or spending significant amounts of time recovering from the effects of substances, may miss the opportunities to foster healthy attachment.” Taking the time to attend treatment ensures mothers have access to healing treatments and protects their children from further exposure to the effects of substance misuse.  

The Importance of Prioritizing Self-Care for Women Who Work

Working, motherhood, and recovery all take an incredible amount of energy and focus. Women in recovery must prioritize self-care to avoid burning out before they complete treatment. Clinicians, peers, family, and even workplace recovery services offer additional support women use to reduce stress and increase self-care. 

Some common forms of self-care mothers use to reduce stress at work and home include:

  • Finding someone to watch children for periods throughout the week and on weekends
  • Reducing hours at work or temporarily transferring to a less demanding job position during treatment
  • Setting boundaries and being willing to say “no” to additional work or responsibilities to protect mental health 
  • Spending time every week doing something enjoyable 
  • Taking care of physical fitness by setting healthy sleep patterns, eating nutritional meals, and staying hydrated

Mental and physical health are directly connected. Women who look after their physical health are more likely to balance various life responsibilities successfully during early recovery. Self-care is essential for mental, physical, and spiritual health. In addition, regular self-care reduces the risk of relapse. Women who have to work during treatment benefit from taking advantage of all the support services available in their workplaces, treatment programs, and local communities. 

Outpatient Programs at Emerge Recovery TX Offer Flexibility

Emerge Recovery TX uses evidence-based and alternative holistic therapies to help women heal from the effects of substance misuse and co-occurring disorders. Outpatient programs offered flexibility, accountability, resources, and extended services for alumni. 

Many working mothers have limited time and may need longer in individual treatment before they feel fully confident in their sobriety. Their care team will continue to support them through early recovery. All clinicians are private providers and can continue to offer support services to mothers after they complete treatment for SUD. 

Thriving in Motherhood While Working During Treatment

Working mothers thrive in treatment by looking after their well-being and communicating effectively with their care team. The experts at Emerge Recovery TX have the tools and resources to help women move forward and grow in early recovery. Women can successfully recover from SUD and build healthier futures for themselves and their loved ones. 

Mothers who juggle work, home responsibilities, and treatment for substance misuse sometimes need additional support to avoid feeling overwhelmed or burnt out. The clinical team at Emerge Recovery TX uses evidence-based methods, including psychotherapy, complementary medicine, and peer support, to help mothers achieve and maintain sobriety during early recovery. The outpatient programs allow women to continue working and caring for their loved ones while receiving the treatment they need to heal from SUD. Clients have tailored treatment plans to provide them with support and accountability while allowing them to work. Learn more about the outpatient programs and services at Emerge Recovery TX by calling our office today at (737) 237-9663.

About Author

Leah Malone

Learning to sit with uncomfortable feelings can be painful and disturbing at times. When Leah was able to see her behavior patterns and decided there was enough pain to be disturbed, she became motivated to make changes and accept the work that needed to be done to heal. She needed direction and had no clue how to heal on her own. Through a connection with God, authentic connection with others, honesty, willingness, and humility, Leah is now in recovery from addiction and trauma.

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