- Create a non-stigmatizing workplace. One way to influence more people to seek help is to convince them getting treatment is the smartest thing to do. By talking about addiction like any other disease, you silence the stigma and allow people to realize it’s okay to ask for help. It’s equally critical for owners and managers to send a messaging emphasizing the workplace is a safe place, and you're here to help.
- Equip staff to recognize the signs of addiction. It’s important management and staff be trained on the early signs of opioid and substance addiction—irritability, poor concentration and declining performance—so they can intervene before the situation deteriorates. Train managers to address performance issues in a way that encourages an open and honest dialog to talk about sensitive matters. By showing genuine concern, you gain the trust of your employees, which allows you to guide them to the care they need.
- Offer support to employees and family members. Just as you would with an employee who has a medical condition, such as cancer or heart disease, offer non-judgmental support to employees with a substance use disorder. Remember, employees who have family members struggling with substance addiction suffer at work too. Those who are affected by a loved one’s addiction can have increased absenteeism, lack of focus and health problems related to stress.
- Help employees access treatment. Ensure that your employees have access to quality treatment for substance addiction. Consult with your health plan provider about a comprehensive option that covers inpatient and outpatient services. Employees with opioid addiction can often benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which reduces the cravings for opioids and allows employees to work while in treatment.
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Mar 18, 2018 at 6:23pm
PEOPLE SHOULD FEEL COMTABLE WITH TALKING ABOUT IT, AN THOSE WITH ADDICTION ISSUES SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET HELP WITH THOSE ISSUES, DONT SHAME PEOPLE HELP THEM GET THE HELP THEY NEED..
Feb 16, 2018 at 2:21am
I totally understand everyone's reaction to this crisis but for those that actually need these pain meds, ( narco) this constant exposure is costing them. My wife can't function unless she is taking her pain meds but the doctors are using the crisis to over charge and do procedures that are not in the interest of their patients. I believe the pain doctors want to do the right thing but are burden by politics of there own administration they loss sight of what the patients needs are.
Feb 16, 2018 at 12:32am
This is a great resource. I have found that Dr's often operate while under controlled substances or opiates and are often the first ones who like to indulge on gossip about other co workers or staff they may suspect or had a past opiate addiction. I find personal PMI and other patients PMI being discussed amongst staff members and in public can not only harm an employees performance, but hinder someone who has overcome opiate addiction.