With more than 2 million Canadians struggling with addiction, the reality is that plenty of men and women are going to work regularly either hungover, actively using a substance, or both. This can lead to a decrease in productivity for the employer, as well as increased risk for injury on the job.
The National Business Group on Health says that alcohol and/or drug addiction can lead to many worker’s compensation claims. This can result in an increase in health insurance, which can affect everyone.
As an employer, knowing what you can do to encourage addiction treatment is helpful. If you are open with your employees that your company will do whatever it can to help those struggling with addiction get the treatment they need, you’re more apt to have them come to you with honesty.
Letting go of an employee known to be struggling with addiction can be costly, especially if they’re good employees. Retraining new employees doesn’t always pan out as you wish. And, firing employees for suspected drug addiction isn’t always legal.
The good news is that there are effective treatment programs that will help your employee get back on track. At Into Action Recovery, your employees will have the opportunity to experience deep and lasting change as they walk their recovery path for the duration of treatment.
Each day is packed with individual and group sessions that help each person learn how to navigate life without alcohol or drugs. They’ll learn effective coping skills, conflict resolution skills, anger management skills, relapse prevention strategies, and contend with any underlying emotional or mental health issues with a professional Counsellor.
As they complete the program, rest assured that they’re learning how they can be better men at home, at work, and in the community.
If you, as an employer, can encourage your employees to attend addiction recovery treatment if they’re struggling with addiction, then they’re much more likely to step forward. One big reason they don’t is because they fear if they do, they’ll lose their job. Affirm your workforce that you’re an advocate for treatment, and perhaps specific recovery programs like Into Action, so they’ll feel free to reach out for help.
Want to learn more? Give us a call and we’ll be glad to answer your questions and discuss how we can help your employee who may be struggling with an addiction.