No business, regardless of size or location, is immune to the problems that substance use disorders can cause. Are you aware that, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- 76.4% of illicit drug users in 2001 were employed either full or part time,
- Alcohol and other drug users are far less productive, use three times as many sick days, are more likely to injure themselves or someone else, are five times more likely to file workers' compensation claims, and
- Substance use disorders have been estimated to cost American businesses roughly $81 billion in lost productivity in just one year -- $37 billion due to premature death and $44 billion due to illness?
Everyone involved in running a business -- both employers and employees -- suffers when there is workplace alcohol and other drug use. Some costs are obvious, such as increased absences, accidents and errors.
Others, such as low morale and high illness rates, are less so, but the effects are equally harmful.
A comprehensive statewide data survey documented dramatic results in decreasing occupational problems, including the following reductions after drug and alcohol treatment:
- Absenteeism decreased by 89%,
- Tardiness decreased by 92%,
- Problems with supervisors decreased by 56%,
- Mistakes in work decreased by 70%, and
- Incomplete work decreased by 81%.
When it comes to workplace substance abuse, small businesses have disadvantages as they are less likely to have programs in place to combat the problem. Individuals who can not adhere to a drug-free workplace policy seek employment at firms that do not have one, and the cost of just one error caused by an impaired employee can devastate a small company.
Employed drug abusers cost their employers about twice as much in medical and worker compensation claims as their drug-free coworkers.
We want to demystify alcohol and drug use in the workplace, and assist you in creating a safer and more productive work environment for your employees. Please email or call Carley Moore, Outpatient Services Director, at (707) 544-3295 ext 349 for more information.
HOPE HEALTH HEALING
It is BIOGENETIC
It is a PRIMARY Illness
- You don't choose to acquire it.
- A family history of drug/alcohol problems puts you at greater risk.
It is a CHRONIC Illness
- If you have chemical dependency, it's not a symptom of some other problem.
- If you have chemical dependency and other problems, your chemical dependency will interfere with treatment for other problems unless the chemical dependency is also treated.
It is a PROGRESSIVE Illness
- It won't go away because you ignore it, don't like it or don't want to believe you have it.
- It's not "just a phase".
If left Untreated, Addiction can be FATAL
- Without treatment it will eventually get worse.
- It usually gets worse more quickly for women and young people.
- Drinking and driving
- Overdose/alcohol poisoning
- Organ Failure