How Business Owners Can Create a Company Culture that Promotes Addiction Recovery

Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing problem in the United States today, and it is an issue and a crisis problem that doesn’t seem to want to lighten up.  In light of these harsh times when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, it is also a lot more common and more prevalent to have drug and alcohol addiction surfacing in the workplace, or at the very least to have recovering addicts as colleagues within the workplace.

Work and addiction, or more specifically, work and recovery, are interesting concepts.  Sometimes, work and one’s career, in general, can contribute to one’s overall sobriety.  Other times, the two can clash and one can experience negative effects of the two.  Most recovering addicts try to use their work to bolster their recovery.  However, sometimes the opposite occurs and one’s work becomes a contributing factor to one’s relapse.  All of these are unfortunate circumstances one way or the other, and never was there a truer statement than the importance for recovered addicts to be able to experience a good work environment to help promote their recovery as opposed to hindering it.

What Business Owners can Do to Create a Positive Business Culture

Business owners, bosses, CEOs, foremen, executives, supervisors, all leadership positions in a business should do their best to ensure that their respective work environments are supportive and conducive to sobriety and recovery.  Here are a few tips for how to accomplish just that:

  • Ask questions.  Don’t be afraid to find out from your co-workers just exactly what they need from you to ensure that they are able to maintain their recoveries.  Don’t be afraid to find out from them just what is needed and wanted from you and from the company.
  • Set goals for your employees.  One of the reasons why people relapse back onto drugs and alcohol is because they are not following their goals well enough, and because they are not engaging themselves in their recovery enough.  Give your employees targets, goals, and objectives, and they will do better because of it.
  • Don’t delay when you see someone having a hard time.  The thing about relapse and drug use is that you can almost always see it coming before it happens.  By this is meant that it is generally speaking pretty obvious if someone is about to use drugs and alcohol.  When you see the signs, take action and do something about it.
  • Be compassionate and understanding with your employees.  Being addicted to drugs and alcohol is a hardship and a crisis like no other.  Furthermore, coming out the other side, beating addiction, and actually living a clean and sober live after addiction?  That is even more impressive and more difficult.  Be compassionate and understanding for such persons, and make sure that they know they can confide in you if they need to.
  • Promote awareness and understanding amongst your co-workers, and make sure that your workplace is one of understanding and compassion when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, and everything that goes into recovery.  All in all, these are the important factors to engage an understanding amongst your co-workers for the realness that is drug and alcohol addiction.

Surviving through a drug and alcohol addiction is not an easy thing to do.  It has never been, and it probably never will be.  This is why, though, the most important means and methods of addressing it are with engaging and workable approaches that all ultimately involve the whole team and the whole work environment.

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