Addiction in the workplace can negatively influence people in many ways. Employers may lose money because of lost workdays when someone spends time out due to an addiction, and employees can get hurt if someone who is impaired makes a mistake on the job. Getting professional help at a reputable addiction treatment facility like Sunflower Wellness Retreat is an excellent option for individuals whose drug and alcohol use is affecting their work. Our team of compassionate, expert addiction specialists can help with workplace addiction and reduce the negative impact on your work environment.
If you or someone you care about is battling addiction, Sunflower Wellness Retreat can help. Reach out to us online today, or call 855.730.8825 to learn more.
What Is Workplace Addiction?
Workplace addiction refers to addiction that influences work environments. People with addiction issues may come to work while impaired by drugs or alcohol, or they may use these substances while on the job.
The interesting fact about workplace addiction is that the vast majority of people who abuse illicit drugs or alcohol still hold down a job. The most common substances that employees use while on the job are cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana, but a wide range of substances fit into this category.
Does Workplace Addiction Affect an Employer’s Profits?
The simple answer is, “yes.” Workplace addiction costs companies billions of dollars each year as a result of:
- Lost productivity and absenteeism
- On-the-job accidents
- Healthcare costs
The majority of the money lost is a result of lost productivity and having workers miss their shifts. Additional expenses are created when employers cover their employee’s healthcare costs for addiction treatment or workplace injuries.
In certain cases, it is also a sad fact that individuals who abuse drugs or alcohol on the job steal from their employers, using their employers’ money to cover the cost of their addictions.
Can Employers Force Employees Into Substance Abuse Treatment?
No, an employer has no right to force anyone into substance abuse treatment. That said, an employer can ask that an employee does not come back until they receive treatment if their problem with drugs or alcohol is affecting the workplace. In cases where alcohol or drug use impacts a workplace significantly, an employer may fire the individual.
When an employer finds out that one of their employees has a substance use disorder, they must make sure that person no longer works in safety-sensitive areas of the job. The employer may ask the individual to take a drug or alcohol test. If the results come back positive, it could result in the individual losing their job.
Some employers offer substance abuse counseling and treatment through their healthcare plans to encourage workers to seek treatment, so if you or someone you know believe that you would like to seek treatment, speaking with the human resources department could be a good idea since the program may help with paying for rehab.
Does the Americans with Disabilities Act Protect People with Addictions in the Workplace?
Sometimes. The ADA does protect people who have completed rehabilitation and those with a current alcohol dependency issue. It also covers employees who are using legal medications, such as prescription opioids, and who then develop an addiction to them.
The ADA does not protect people who are currently abusing illegal drugs, regardless of whether they’ve completed a treatment program or are searching for one.
Contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat for Help with Substance Abuse Treatment
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, our goal is to help each of our patients get the support they need to overcome addiction. Whether you or someone you love is dealing with a substance use disorder or a dual diagnosis, our team is here to help with partial hospitalization programs, medication-assisted treatment, and many other options. Contact us today at 855.730.8825 or reach out to us online to learn more.