ADDICTION WITHIN THE WORKPLACE
- June 16, 2020
Maintaining valued workers is a key factor in the success of any business. When you have an employee who is struggling with a substance use disorder, there are typically several ways that it will affect the workplace, even if they’re sober while on the job.
Addiction Within the Workplace
Addressing employee substance use, especially when it’s a suspected substance use disorder, is important but can be difficult due to its sensitive nature. Failure to address employee substance use disorder can lead to the destruction of company culture and trust between staff members. It can create high turnover rates by the employees who are dealing with substance use disorder, as well as co-workers affected by the actions of the employee. Disciplinary procedures and theft are other common adverse side effects that can shake the foundations of a business. Being proactive with a plan of action before an incident occurs is crucial to keep the business culture vibrant, morale elevated and productivity high. Being proactive also lets your team members know that you are acting out of their best interests, and not out of punitive measures for any wrongdoings or transgressions on their part.
Creating an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
By establishing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you can offer your employees support and resources that are designed to address a myriad of issues. At the core of this type of program is the implementation of a workplace policy that addresses drug and alcohol use during work hours. Providing adequate coverage that includes access to treatment for substance abuse (and the mental health issues that often come along with it), and educating employees about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse while reducing the stigma associated with it are also important in supporting employees during their struggles.
When you work with your employees to help them stay healthy, your company will benefit as a result. Healthy, happy employees are more productive, more reliable and will keep your company culture thriving.
At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addition and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery, and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.