As of 2007, 60% or 12 million of adults classified as having substance abuse or dependence issues were employed full-time. As substance abusers’ employers and addicts themselves know, addiction can result in more employee absences, lower productivity, poor job performance, higher health care costs, injuries and illness, safety concerns, and workplace tension.
How to Approach an Employee’s Substance Abuse Treatment
Understanding Addiction & Substance Abuse Treatment
There are many social stigmas associated with addiction, and as a result many people don’t understand that substance abuse must be treated as a chronic disorder and not an acute disease. Effective substance abuse treatment will include detoxification to lessen the effects of withdrawal, acute care involving behavioral therapies, and continued care and maintenance.
Substance abuse treatment must also take place for a sufficient duration and intensity to better ensure your employee’s continued abstinence following their program. Generally, outpatient substance abuse treatment programs are more successful when longer than 90 days — those under 90 days have little to no effectiveness.
Substance abuse treatment may include:
- Inpatient care
- Intensive outpatient care
- Outpatient care
- Residential substance abuse treatment programs
- Community support programs, like the 12-step program
Protections Under the Family & Medical Leave Act
- Coordinate with the employee receiving substance abuse treatment, their union (if applicable), and the health care providers involved in the substance abuse treatment program
- Ensure that your RTWA is in compliance with company policies, legal obligations, and recommendations from medical professionals.
With an RTWA, both you and your employee will be on the same page when it comes to their reentry to the job force after substance abuse treatment.
Get Comprehensive Substance Abuse Screenings
The wellness of your employees should always be a chief concern. If you suspect that your employees may have addictions that necessitate substance abuse treatment, completing workplace testing for drugs and alcohol is the first step toward helping them recover. Find the ARCpoint location near you to schedule testing today.