What is the Economic Impact of Substance Abuse?

Studies have shown that substance abuse is costing employers over $275 billion a year in productivity and costs. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, out of all of the people who currently have a drug or alcohol problem, three-quarters of them are employed. These people have higher health care costs, and they are also more likely to be involved in workplace accidents.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests employers help to keep costs down due to substance abuse by employing drug tests and by offering assistance programs. If your employees are having problems in the workplace and you suspect he or she may have a drug or alcohol problem, he or she may need to go to a rehabilitation program like the one at The Recovery Village or join a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous.

How do you know if your employees are having drug or alcohol problems? There are several indicators. If your employees are having problems with attendance, poor quality or quantity of work, or problems related to customers and/or clients, you may want to consider that they are having drug and/or alcohol problems.

It’s important to sit down with any employees that you think may need help or treatment as soon as possible. Not only will you be helping your business and your workplace environment, but you may just be helping your employees to turn their lives around and get help that they wouldn’t otherwise seek.


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