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.
If you, or someone you know, struggle with a substance use disorder, you know how it can affect every single aspect of your life. Whether you abuse drugs or alcohol, it can have a substantial, detrimental impact on your mental and physical health. Your home life, work, and personal relationships can suffer. It truly touches every aspect of your day-to-day life.
If you, or a loved one, are struggling with a substance use disorder, you have likely considered getting help to address it. You may have seen commercials about addiction treatment or talked with others about their experiences with rehab and addiction programs. But where to start? When considering the type of addiction treatment plan that will best suit you, it’s important to understand the different treatment options available.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. This epidemic has prompted healthcare professionals to dig deeper to identify potential substance use within primary care, and to work with addiction treatment specialists to further develop physical, chemical, and psychological tools to help those people fight opioid addiction.