There are people living with addictions throughout the UK. It affects each individual in various ways.
The majority experience the negative ripple effects spread out through all areas of their lives.
It can reach a point where the person feels as though the problem has become insurmountable. Treatment for addiction requires that every aspect of a person’s life is considered.
Work and employment might not necessarily be the first area considered, but having the right support in this area can make a huge difference to a person’s recovery.
There are ways that an employer can support their staff.
It’s not the employer’s job to “fix the problem”, but support can be implemented at the workplace that can create a healthy environment for the member of staff with the addiction, as well as maintaining the value of the person to the company.
For an employer, it might be confusing knowing what to do if you suspect an employee has a drink or drug problem.
The first thing to remember is that addiction is a health problem. It’s an illness and as with other illnesses it deserves to be treated.
There’s a large amount of stigma attached to addiction in the UK and this can make it very difficult for the person with the addiction to seek help.
Furthermore, many people have drink and drug problems but are able to maintain a regular lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that the problem should be ignored.
Having a sensitive and compassionate approach is helpful when approaching an employee in this area. As an employer, there is a duty of care.
Many people with an addiction might not have admitted it to anyone else, including themselves. Denial is common through all stages of a substance misuse problem. A careful approach to the issue is critical.
When speaking with your member of staff, it’s advisable to be non-judgmental and open-minded.
It’s also helpful to explain that the conversation will be treated in confidence and that the aim of the conversation is to find a way of supporting the person within the workplace as well as finding appropriate support that will be beneficial outside of work.
You can contact Rehab 4 Addiction and we’ll give you guidance on how to approach your employee. Within this conversation, we can also explain the types of treatments that are available locally in the Sandy area.
Any information you share with us will be treated in confidence. Only with your consent would we act on contacting your member of staff.
We would then explain to them what their local rehabilitation programmes are.
We can also provide training in the workplace so the company and staff are aware of the best way to support people with this illness.
Perhaps you’re unsure of whether your employee has an addiction. There are various signs that will help inform you to spot this as outlined below:
This can impact on a person’s ability to produce valuable work like they once did.
People might call in sick when experiencing the lifestyle around addiction. This could be linked to sleep problems, feeling seriously unwell and having uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and also mental health issues connected to the addiction.
Some people find it harder to look after themselves when they have a substance problem. This could impact their diet and personal hygiene etc.
Some people with addictions aren’t able to function as well to produce a high level of work as they might once have.
The physical symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs are also important to look out for.
This is especially important in job roles where driving, heavy machinery, or looking after at-risk or vulnerable people is involved.
Physical symptoms include:
There are a variety of options for drug and alcohol treatment in the Sandy area. Each person with an addiction will require different input according to their particular circumstances.
The severity of the addiction, a person’s budget, the history of causes and current triggers, as well as lifestyle responsibilities all, inform what’s most suitable.
Whatever the person’s circumstances, there are options. Rehab 4 Addiction can guide you and your employee through these.
Some people might opt for inpatient services which are traditionally considered “going to rehab”. Others will access outpatient services.
These are sessions that are accessible while a person remains living at home.
There are different treatments available to treat alcohol and drug problems. Where physical addictions exist, a person will need a detox and this will require some time spent at a clinic.
Medical detoxes have to be monitored for the patient’s safety as withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable. A physical detox usually lasts between seven to ten days.
In order to treat the psychological aspects of an addiction, a person will undergo a variety of therapies. Some are evidence-based and focus on healing the mind.
This means leading a patient through understanding their thoughts and emotional processes. When a person is able to control their thoughts, they’re able to take control of their behaviours.
There are also alternative therapies and group sessions. Both of these approaches provide a full approach to recovery.
This is essential in providing the most effective start to rehabilitation and providing long-term ways of healing.
To get advice on how to approach an employee, call Rehab 4 Addiction. We have years of experience in working with people who have addictions and people around them.
Call us today on 0800 140 4690.