Alcoholism may be a disability under state disability rules, but he should at least apply to find out for certain whether his circumstances would qualify.
Normally, if he is in a state-approved alcoholic recovery home or drug-free residential facility, the maximum payable period is 90 days. (However, disabilities related to or caused by acute or chronic alcoholism or drug abuse which are being medically treated do not have this limitation.)
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If he is able to work now, then he should typically return to work and request the FMLA documentation immediately. The FMLA requires that an employee make the request as soon as is reasonably possible. If he was unable to while in rehab, then completing the documentation now may be reasonable under the statute, but if he fears retaliation, he really needs to engage a local attorney to represent him in this matter.
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