Substance Use in The Workplace

Is your workplace recovery friendly?

Chances are, there’s someone in your facility who’s struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction right now. After all:

  • Nearly 1 in 10 full-time employees across the country have had a diagnosable substance abuse disorder in the last year
  • Employers spend an estimated $193 billion per year due to employees’ substance abuse
  • 75% of people using illegal drugs are a part of the workforce

Employees who misuse substances don’t just cost your company money. These employees miss 50% more workdays than their peers and have 3 times the healthcare costs of other employees – not to mention the toll it takes on company culture.

Now think about it from an employee’s perspective. Their feelings of guilt, shame, and fear cause them to hide their addiction. That’s probably why 3 out of 5 people struggling with addiction never get help.

You can change that.

Implementing a substance use disorder (SUD) program in your workplace doesn’t just help the employee – it helps your company, too.

What is a SUD program? It’s the resources and programs your employees need to get on the road to sobriety. Recovery Centers of America offers inpatient and outpatient treatment options just for your company. We treat the person on a holistic level, uncovering any underlying issues that may be feeding the addiction.

Why should your facility have one? We’ve found peer support is one of the best ways to achieve and maintain recovery. We’ll work beside your facility, as we create a customized program for addiction management, as well as offer support services to both employees and their families.

Our goal: Break the stigma and stereotypes surrounding addiction and transform the workplace to make it recovery-friendly. In turn, everything from your company culture to your bottom line will blossom.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE – ASTONISHING IN SCOPE

Americans met criteria for a substance abuse disorder last year.

of US populations is affected by addiction when you include family

Annual economic impact

Need Help VS Getting

Treatment

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM IN THE WORKFORCE

of people who use illegal drugs are part of the workforce

estimated annual cost to employers due to employees’ substance abuse

Nearly 1 in 10 full-time employees have had a diagnosable substance abuse disorder in the past year

TYPES OF WORKFORCE COSTS

Lost Productivity

Increased illness

Low morale

Absenteeism

Workplace accidents & injuries

Increased healthcare costs

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM IN THE WORKFORCE

COST CALCULATOR

SAMPLE CALCULATION

A construction company in Massachusetts with 500 employees:

TOTAL ANNUAL COST: $218,004

Lost Time

Cost:
$87,040

Job turnover & retraining

Cost:
$70,160

Healthcare

Cost:
$60,844

WHO IS AFFECTED?

How many of your employees have family and dependents on your health insurance?

EMPLOYEES:
80

DEPENDENTS & FAMILY:
86

WHAT ARE THEY USING?

Alcohol

EMPLOYEES:
66

FAMILY:
72

Opioids & Heroin

EMPLOYEES:
6

FAMILY:
6

Marijuana

EMPLOYEES:
12

FAMILY:
14

Other Drugs

EMPLOYEES:
23

FAMILY:
23

TREATMENT SAVES LIVES AND COSTS

Workers in recovery help employers AVOID $1,626 in turnover & replacement costs

Workers in recovery miss 5 DAYS LESS WORK PER YEAR than workers with a substance abuse disorder

Each employee who recovers from a substance abuse disorder saves a company MORE THAN $3,200 PER YEAR

KNOWING ESTIMATES FOR YOUR COMPANY

“The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers” is an easy-to-use calculator, developed by industry experts, provides businesses with estimates of specific costs of substance abuse in their workplace.

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