Recovery Friendly Workplace Tool Kit

Simple Steps and Actionable Support

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

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  1. 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.

Language Matters

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Language Matters

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.

FAQs

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Signs of Substance Abuse Disorder

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Michigan RFW Resources

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SAMSHAs 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Health and Wellness SAMHSA’s Guidelines

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Intellectual

Emotional

Physical

Social

Occupational

Financial

Environmental

Spiritual

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Wellness is…a whole of person and life practice that includes how we experience:

Creating Balance

Embracing Support from Others

Valuing Routines and Habits

Wellness Action Planning

Sample Policies and Practices of an RFW

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Legal Considerations

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We are here to provide

A  Recovery Friendly Community is a healthier one….it is a more connected one…it uses its legal, medical, and helping hand resources smarter…and it connects hard working folks with thriving local businesses.  In short: a Recovery Friendly Community is a smarter community.

Folks want to live in a healthier community…they want to do better together. This was one of the major takeaways from the community conversations that CRA hosted in the summer of 2021 as it charted its most powerful future role in Emmet County as an advocate for our neighbors in recovery.

Services Provided

Break Out Box Recovery Coaching

Break Out BoxJobs & Education

Break Out Box Housing & Transportation

We connect neighbors in recovery with peer recovery coaches

We connect neighbors in recovery to job and school opportunities

Resource for accessing temporary housing and and rides

Advocacy Provided

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Break out box professional alliances

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Keeping the important conversations about the benefits of recovery and how we can do better together

We bring together and coordinate treatment professionals, legal professionals, and life needs professionals

We actively advocate for more effective legal and community remedies for addition

Actions Provided

Break out box recovery notes

Break out box memorials & celebrations

Break out box community round tables

We are here to support

A  Recovery Friendly Community is a healthier one….it is a more connected one…it uses its legal, medical, and helping hand resources smarter…and it connects hard working folks with thriving local businesses.  In short: a Recovery Friendly Community is a smarter community.

Folks want to live in a healthier community…they want to do better together. This was one of the major takeaways from the community conversations that CRA hosted in the summer of 2021 as it charted its most powerful future role in Emmet County as an advocate for our neighbors in recovery.