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Drugs and Alcoholism in the Workplace
Alcohol and drugs misuse is a rapidly growing problem. Drugs and Alcoholism can and will ultimately deprive people of their livelihoods, their families, their health and if not provided with appropriate help and care, their lives.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction is an Illness
Drug use and Alcoholism is surrounded by myth and judgmental thinking. Alcoholics and drug users are considered to be weak and self indulgent, with no self control. The fact is that drug use and alcoholism are illnesses – both physical and psychological – and no one has a choice about whether or not they become an addict.
This illness does not discriminate. Drug addiction and alcoholism affects all stratas of society and crosses all intellectual and economic boundaries.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Employment
So can drug addiction or alcoholism be a problem in the workplace? It's a common myth that addicts very quickly become unemployable. This is not so, approximately 75% of alcoholics are in full time employment.
In economic terms, some estimates have put the cost of lost productivity, absenteeism and workplace accidents due to alcoholism as high as 6 billion pounds a year, in the UK alone. Some studies suggest alcohol may be responsible for 25% of accidents at work.
One of the problems of drug addiction and alcoholism is the effect it can have of those people in close proximity to the alcoholic . After family members, work colleagues will probably be the most affected, very often trying to cover up or protect a manager, colleague or subordinate.
This can very often prolong the difficulties and result in the drug addict or alcoholic not facing up to his or her problem.
How We Can Help
The Linwood Group offer drug and alcoholism treatment, drug and alcohol detox, family counselling and training for employers and can act as an impartial liaison between individuals and companies to ensure that all parties achieve a positive outcome.
We believe that drug addicts and alcoholics are in the grip of a progressive illness and that once they are aware of this, and know about the choices they can make, they are able to recover and lead a purposeful and useful life, being a part of society rather than being apart from it.
If you think that someone you work with, or indeed a friend or family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol, and would like to talk to someone in confidence please contact The Linwood Group.
Training for staff together with effective workplace procedures can significantly reduce sickness and accident benefit claims, absenteeism, occupational injuries, grievance and disciplinary actions - and most importantly help affected staff members recover and rebuild their lives.
The Linwood Group offers corporate training for organisations and professionals dealing with drug addiction and alcoholism in the workplace.
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