As resources are devoted to help mitigate and abate the opioid crisis, attention has been given to the workplace. Helping people in recovery regain a healthy lifestyle, in part through regaining consistent supportive employment is an important aspect of one’s recovery journey. A drug free workplace typically provides many needed supports such as structure for all workers to remain drug and alcohol free while at work, provides guidance for supervisory staff on managing the program, and education on the issues of substance use and misuse and its effects to the workplace.
A recovery friendly workplace (RFW) goes beyond the typical drug free workplace program and educates all workers from the top down on strengthening the workplace culture through evidence-based practices. The program helps employees to understand addiction and to engage in promoting healthy lifestyles, wellness, and substance abuse prevention.
Employers benefit through retaining a healthy and productive workforce and creating a positive image in their communities.
Check out this article published by Employment Benefit News, Making your workplace drug-free and recovery friendly can help support people with addictions.