Addiction is a life-long disease. Recovery isn’t about eliminating it completely but more so about living a healthy life with understanding that the draws of drug or alcohol addiction may show up again.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, you are likely searching for the best possible ways to help.
When something mechanical breaks down, like your vehicle or your computer, you call a mechanic or the geek squad, right? When you find yourself unemployed, you let your friends know you're looking for a job. You join a networking organization or you may even hire a job coach to help advance your career.
For those struggling with substance use disorders, arrests and altercations with law enforcement are not uncommon. Getting the necessary drug/alcohol education and treatment can be life-changing. Some individuals find themselves going through this process as part of a court-ordered education program as a condition of probation or parole.
I think we can all agree that no one is perfect and that we all make mistakes from time to time. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes result in being charged with a criminal offense or being incarcerated.
As you probably know, if you have been arrested for a DUI, you might face significant jail time. You’ve made a serious mistake, but is it possible to avoid jail time altogether?
Alcohol education programs are a vital part of the way a community responds to alcohol abuse and addiction. These programs help reduce the harm of alcohol abuse, prevent addiction, and create opportunities to heal, grow, and thrive without alcohol for those affected by alcohol dependence.
In the month of January, many people are deeply committed to erasing old bad habits and becoming healthier, happier and more balanced — the New Year is an opportunity to meet and become a new you — but it can be difficult to keep up the good work all year long and leave your past substance use behind.
Supporting employees in recovery from a substance use disorder can have substantial benefits in the long term — both for you and your employee. By choosing to support an employee throughout their treatment and recovery you are investing in their potential for sobriety and showing that you value them as a member of your team. When a workplace chooses to embrace employees in recovery, rather than stigmatizing and isolating them, the chances of recovery substantially improve.
Psychology Today reports that approximately 20 million workers across the United States experienced alcohol-related impairment at work at least once in the past year. In addition, in 2016, more than one in twenty-five Americans tested positive for illicit drugs in workplace drug screens. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that more than 75 percent of individuals with alcohol or illicit drug use disorders continue to maintain their employment but the workplace impact often goes undetected, with the ill-effects attributed to other factors.
Let's take a closer look at the relationship between addiction and the workplace, as well as the actions you can take if an employee is struggling with substance use.