Recovery Friendly Workplaces Work for Staff, Businesses and Our Community
Recovery Friendly Workplaces are Part of The Solution
What is a Recovery Friendly Workplace?
Recovery Friendly Workplaces support their staff, organization and community by recognizing recovery from SUD as a courageous and journey and a strength. These workplaces encourage safe and healthy environments where employees, employers and the community work together to address the difficult issues around SUDs and mental health issues.
RFW Tool Kit — Quick Guide to Help
- Early Identification
SUD’s in general do not go away without treatment
2. Instant Support
Employers who have policies and practices to quickly address staff SUD issues are more likely retain employees and increase productivity.
3. Employer Flexibility
Employers who support their employees dealing with SUD may need both a tough love and flexible approach. One size does not fit all when it comes to medical treatment.
4. Regular Review
SUD is a disorder that requires consistent and regular communication and clarity.
5. Enlisting Success
SUD and mental health issues are big for those suffering with them, for family and friends, for fellow employees and employers, and our community. Solutions work best when we work together to address them smarter and more humanely.
Supportive and constructive language is about helping not person not shaming them due to their suffering with a current medical or behavioral condition.
Replace ‘Addict,’ ‘junkie,’ and ‘drunk’ with ‘person with a substance use disorder’ or ‘person in recovery.’
Replace ‘Drug abuse’ with ‘drug use’ or ‘substance misuse.’
Replace ‘Dirty with ‘using’ or ‘actively using’
Replace ‘Clean with ‘in recovery’ or ‘substance free.’
Replace ‘Medication is a crutch’ with ‘Medication is a recovery too’ in the context of medication assisted treatment.
Signs of Substance Abuse Disorder
Michigan RFW Resources
SAMSHAs 8 Dimensions of Wellness
Health and Wellness SAMHSA’s Guidelines
The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness is…a whole of person and life practice that includes how we experience:
Embracing Support from Others
Valuing Routines and Habits
Wellness Action Planning
Sample Policies and Practices of an RFW
Addiction tears a person apart, slowly at first, and then more quickly and tragically. It does the same to family, friends, co-workers and community members who love and appreciate the person suffering with addiction. Addiction costs the addict and all of us dearly. Nobody chooses to be an addict. It is a profound physiological and psychological and spiritual disease. It does not get better without some form of treatment or intervention that allows for new behaviors and commitments. Addiction is not a will power infliction. It is a progressive medical condition that is manifested as a complex tapestry of genetics, psychological history, life circumstance, and false beliefs – and the repeated introduction of a brain altering chemical into our bodies more frequently and at higher and higher dosages. Addiction changes our brains – and thus changes our lives. We become afraid to live without the chemical that is destroying us.