Recovering from Substance Abuse? Safe Steps for Managing Workplace Productivity

by | Mar 28, 2022 | Axiom Medical, Employee Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Tempo Live, Workplace Mental Health



Whether you sought treatment through your employee assistance program, insurance plan, or from a third-party provider, well done! You’ve started the work of recovering from substance abuse. Now, it’s time to shift focus towards your recovery journey – maintaining a healthy mind and body to prevent relapse. When developing new routines, incorporate plans for the workplace and how you could maximize productivity potential.

Recovering from substance abuse

Stress Management During Recovery 

Find ways to handle stress, including workplace stress, rather than turning to substances as an unhealthy coping method. There are many healthy ways to manage stress, such as: 

  • Practicing deep breathing 
  • Exercising 
  • Talking to supportive people 
  • Reducing stress through an improved mindset, better processes, and a good schedule 

Talk to Your Boss 

Discuss your recovery with your boss and ask for assistance to support long-term success. Your boss may be able to provide support in different ways, such as flexible hours so you can attend a support program, improved work systems that reduce your stress and identifying additional resources, such as an employee assistance program. 

Are you an employer and looking for a way to manage substance abuse challenges in the workplace? Read our blog on this topic.

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Make a Plan and Stick to It 

Develop a plan to handle situations that cause you to stress or may otherwise contribute to substance use. For example, think in advance of responding if you are invited to an after-work get-together where substances, such as alcohol, are readily accessible, plan to bring high-protein snacks for sustained energy throughout the day, and so on. 

Seek Professional Help 

Recovery from substance use is an ongoing process. It helps to continue with support after completing a treatment program. Or, professional help might provide extra support if you quit the substance problem independently. Consider seeking individual mental health counseling, a professional addiction treatment program, or group therapy run by a professional you feel comfortable with and trust. 


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