Employers are faced with issues of employees. The issues can come to work but many of them can be dealt with efficiently. Stress, anxiety and grief can all be met with a kind hand, but also the issue of substance abuse. As long as substance abuse is not affecting the workplace, how can an employer help an employee suffering from this and maintain productivity?
The article, “Taking On Substance Use Disorder As An Employer — Getting It Right” by Gary Gottlieb states,
“Nearly one in ten full-time workers in the U.S. has a substance abuse problem, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 7.9 million individuals in the U.S. are dealing with a dual diagnosis: experiencing substance use disorder along with another mental health condition like anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Substance use can involve alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs.”
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Substance abuse is a serious issue. Please also review our Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.