Addiction in the Workplace: How to Prevent, Identify, and Address Employee Substance Use

As the pandemic persists, substance use is on the rise, with one study reporting a 60 percent increase in drinking due to COVID-19-related stress. Substance use costs employers over $400 billion each year and takes a heavy toll on the workplace.

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Address addiction before it spirals     

As companies prepare their return-to-work plans, many employees aren’t returning in the same shape as they left. Addiction is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw: it’s a complex disease that affects the brain and body. Thankfully, addiction treatment works, reducing health and social costs by far more than the cost of the treatment itself. Managers are ideally positioned to identify employees who may be struggling and encourage them to seek professional support.

Learn to mitigate the impact of addiction in the workplace by: 

  • Identifying the warning signs of substance use 
  • Breaking down barriers to care and making it easy for people to get the help they need
  • Changing the language your organization uses to stop stigma
  • And more