A Word for Employers
The majority of people with Substance Use Disorders are gainfully employed.
According to the latest estimates:
- 62% of adults in the U.S. with Substance Use Disorders are employed full-time;
- 79% of heavy drinkers are employed full or part-time;
- 75% of adults who use illicit drugs are employed. SAMHSA, 2008
- Millions of Americans used illicit drugs during work hours. Journal of Applied Psychology, 2006
- Approximately 3 million workers used an illicit drug within two hours of reporting; to work and over 2 million used illicit drugs during lunch breaks. Journal of Applied Psychology, 2006.
Impact on Employment Functioning
In a nationwide survey of 300 human resources professionals, 67% believed substance misuse is one of the most serious issues in the workforce leading to consequences of absenteeism, reduced productivity, and a negative impact on their company’s reputation. Hazelden, 2007
Workers with illicit drug and/or heavy alcohol use have higher rates of job turnover and absenteeism compared to those with no illicit drug or heavy alcohol use, SAMHSA, 2008, and are more likely to experience job-related injuries. Spicer, Miller, & Smith, 2003.
Impact on Your Business Organization
- A highly valued employee with a Substance Use Disorder can negatively affect an organization’s productivity, performance, and morale;
- The importance of a high profile executive, their experience and expertise can cause colleagues to (at least temporarily) ignore the increasing severity of the problem;
- Even as the substance use begins to clearly cause under-perform and negatively impact those around them, management may offer “second chances” without ever dealing with the underlying issue;
- Regrettably for their colleagues and the companies in which they work, alcohol and substance use issues always end up having an impact on the broader organization.
Early Human Resource Intervention With Your Employee Can Help:
- Secure the organization’s reputation and client base;
- Reinforce a positive corporate culture;
- Increase productivity and morale, across the broader organization;
- Resolve workplace crises;
- Avoid legal entanglements such as: performance based law suits, fraud, embezzlement, sexual harassment, and work discrimination.
ARCH Being a Business and Employer Ourselves
- We at ARCH fully understand and empathize with other businesses that are looking for solutions to manage Alcohol and Drug problems in the work place;
- We believe we can help your company manage any alcohol or drug issues that affect your employees or organization;
- Our executive outreach program is led by our Executive Director, a tenured Professor of Human Resource Development and Medical Clinician;
- ARCH can help resolve workplace crises that stems from addiction. Our clinicians will meet with your organization to define safe, strict boundaries for your workplace;
- With the support and assistance of management, we design an Individual Recovery Plan for your employee. Options for the individual and the organization are reviewed and as appropriate recommendations are made to facilitate recovery.