We support Recovery Friendly Workplaces
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Smart and Simple Business Practices That Enhance Recovery
“A healthy recovery requires a decent opportunity at a meaningful vocation. There is nothing worse than getting sober and experiencing a dead-end meaningless career path. Also need to learn how to have fun in sobriety and forming relationships.”
— CRA Recovery Friendly Community Focus Group participant
Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFW) support their communites through a mindset and actions that show they understand that recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders is a path of strength and thus commit to working intentionally to aid those new to recovery or who have long walked that path. RFWs create healthy and productive and safe environments that maximize the efforts and results or their employees and thus their communities.
A company that embraces positive workplace culture practices that support recovery from substance abuse disorder (SUD) and mental health issues strengthens its performance related to financial, customer service, productivity and employee engagement.
Lack of knowledge of how to efficiently and humanely address SUD or mental health issues on the job costs us all. Heavy drinking habits alone costs $82 billion in lost productivity and increases the risk of accidents by 270%. About 75% of adults with untreated SUDs are part of the US workforce and miss around 50% more work then their peers. Compare that to the fact that employees who are in recovery miss 5 fewer days than those still using and save their employers an average of $3,200 in health care costs. Each dollar spent on treatment and early intervention saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs. The solution for employers is simple: get educated on how take smart action to better address SUD issues in their organizations.