The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) estimates that workplace substance use costs American employers approximately 81 billion dollars every year. Indeed, substance use in the workplace has become such a widespread problem that the National Safety Council felt completed to develop a tool to allow employers to estimate the costs to their company.
Fortunately, workplace drug testing and education programs have proven to be an effective way to address this problem. For the best results, a workplace drug program should provide clear and detailed procedures regarding how testing will be conducted, how the rules will be enforced, and the punishment that will be imposed on those who violate the company’s drug policies.
In addition to establishing and enforcing rules against workplace drug use, the ideal workplace drug program will also provide a mechanism for employees struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to get the help they need. For example, it is recommended that companies offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides counseling or treatment funds for employees battling substance addiction.
Educational programs that provide information on substance abuse and teach employees to recognize the signs of drug use in co-workers can also be incredibly beneficial. Ensuring that an employee struggling with substance addiction is treated as soon as possible will result in improved outcomes for both the employee and the employer.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help individuals at any stage of a drug or alcohol addiction. To learn more about our programs and facilities, call us today at (949) 438-4504.