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How to Manage Substance Abuse in the Workplace?

by | Mar 28, 2022 | Axiom Medical, Employers' Workforce Mental Health Resources, Substance Abuse, Workplace Mental Health

 

 

One of the most significant challenges every employer needs to have on their radar is employee-related substance abuse in the workplace. In fact, several clinical workplace surveys show that substance abuse cases are one of the most serious issues faced by U.S. businesses, with a price tag of $276 billion a year. As an employer, it’s your job to do the right thing by prioritizing proactive behavioral health management. Here are some tips on how to manage substance abuse in the workplace

how to manage substance abuse in the workplace

Substance Abuse in The Workplace – Overview  

The research on substance use in workers looked at annual averages of people aged 18 to 64 who worked full-time over a five-year period. It found:  

  • Heavy alcohol use in the past month: 8.7 percent  
  • Illicit drug use in the past month: 8.6 percent  
  • Alcohol or illicit drug dependence or abuse in the past year: 9.5 percent  

Illicit drug use can refer to using illegal drugs or using legal prescription drugs in a non-medical way, such as taking medications subscribed to others or using more than prescribed.  

Secret Signs That Employers Should Be Aware Of  

Workers who are abusing substances often hide their use, but you should be aware of common signs, including: 

  • Increasing absences from work  
  • Falling asleep on the job  
  • Ongoing physical symptoms, such as skin discoloration, weight changes, sunken eyes, consistent pain, dental issues, intestinal problems, or flu-like symptoms 
  • Reduced personal hygiene  
  • Worsening performance on the job  
  • Irregular behavior  
  • Mood changes  
  • Signs of financial, legal, or family troubles  
  • Smell of substances like alcohol or marijuana
  • Continuous trips to the car or bathroom during the day  

How to Manage Substance Abuse   

Employer’s Role:

Identifying and addressing potential substance abuse within your employee population can be tough. Here are ways you can help:  

  • Provide comprehensive health insurance benefits, which include addiction and mental health treatment  
  • Offer an employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Offering access to behavioral health apps for mental health first-aid
  • Be understanding and open about the topic  
  • Provide education on substance abuse and treatment options  
  • Train management on how to spot substance abuse and what actions to take 

 

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