Does Your Coworker Have a Substance Use Disorder?

Does somebody you work with have a problem with alcohol or drugs? It’s fairly common, new research shows us. A recent survey from found that 23 percent of respondents admit they used drugs or alcohol while at work, with nearly 6 in 10 say they have used alcohol at work during the regular day. (Not during an office party or special event.)  Almost 23 percent of survey takers admitted they’ve smoked pot on the job. Many of these people likely have a substance use disorder.

Addiction doesn’t discriminate, and there are people in almost every industry that struggle with substance use. Nurses and doctors, for example, have access to addictive drugs and may abuse drugs to sleep, stay awake, or cope with a bad day. Trcuk drivers have been caught taking stimulants so they can get to their destinations more quickly, without sleep. Silicon Valley has a culture of working late and drinking beer, and in recent years, entrepreneurs have admitted to taking “micro doses” of LSD and experimenting with “smart drugs”.

Getting Help for Drug and Alcohol Problems

Your coworkers are often your friends as well as the people you see everyday. If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re worried about somebody you care about.

You may see signs of addiction such as tardiness, a disheveled appearance, poor workplace performance or chronic absences. A person who is addicted to a substance often has problems being motivated or focused on work. They may nod out or have trouble staying coherent if they come to work high.

Intervening and Detox

An intervention may be the best approach to take with your coworkers. Consider hiring an interventionalist or speaking with family or friends to help coordinate something similar.

Once a person seeks help, they may want to take time off from work using the Family Medical Leave Act. Addiction is covered as a disability according to the law, so when your coworker is seeking help or treatment, they can’t be fired for missing work.

No matter what drug a person is addicted to, going to a detox program to rid themselves of toxins is a good first step before long-term treatment.

Recovery is Possible

Many people from all walks of life have been able to embrace recovery and reclaim their lives! Life gets better the longer you’ve been clean and sober. Give yourself a chance and call us at 1-877-228-2401. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

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