If you are concerned that a member of staff may be suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, please call us today.

Alcohol and drug misuse can have devastating effects on the individual and in the workplace. Not only does drug and/or alcohol impact the health and wellbeing of the substance abuser, but the workplace can also suffer as a result of addiction.

The cost to employers for issues related to drug or alcohol misuse can be high and include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced productivity
  • Absence
  • Dismissal leading to recruitment
  • Breaches of health and safety
  • Accidents
  • Damage to relationships (both client and staff)
  • Business reputation

Warning signs of an employee with an addiction problem

Addiction can affect anybody, and staff in business are no different. Whether the person is a CEO, a manager or a general staff member, addiction can strike anyone. Unlike the stereotypical portrayal of substance abuse in films and media, many people are able to function whilst under the influence of addictive substances, commonly known as functioning addicts. This can be a huge issue as functioning addicts are harder to diagnose and are less likely to admit that there is a substance abuse problem as they are able to continue with life as “normal”.

This makes approaching a colleague about an addiction even more challenging as a substance problem can be hard to detect. Functioning addicts can also be defensive or in denial about their addiction, particularly in a work environment as it threatens their reputation, job and livelihood.

It is useful to be able to spot the warning signs of somebody with a substance abuse. This can include:

  • Smelling of alcohol/frequent toilet breaks
  • Missing deadlines
  • Sudden increase in absences
  • Change in appearance
  • Isolating themselves/changes in behaviour
  • Being late to work or meetings
  • Inability to concentrate on work or conversations

Make sure to take note of behavioural or physical changes in your employee to use for evidence later in an intervention or meeting with the staff member. These signs of substance abuse are a good place to start getting your employee to accept their problem and begin the process of recovery.

How to refer an employee for drug and/or alcohol rehab

As an employer, Ocean Recovery Centre understands that investment in staff can be high and the loss of key staff members due to an alcohol or drug addiction can cause any business huge issues. No business owner wishes to see their investment in staffing lost through the absence, dismissal or injury of a worker as a result of substance abuse.

The discussion of addiction and rehab is a difficult topic for employers. Balancing what is in the business’ best interest and trying to carry out your duty of care as an employer can be challenging. Employers can find themselves wrestling with a business versus moral dilemma which can make the decision of how to proceed difficult.

Admit an employee to rehab

Ocean Recovery Centre currently works with many UK and international businesses who are committed to helping their key staff tackle their drug and alcohol addiction issues. Our treatment clinics are designed for employees to engage with the treatment programme, whilst maximising in-house digital technology to stay involved at work.

Our experienced admissions team will work closely with your HR (Human Resource) Department, Health Service or with business owners and managers. Booking a place in our clinic for your employee is a very discreet and simple process, and we ensure that your member of staff and company remain anonymous to help safeguard your businesses reputation.

What is the cost of sending an employee for rehab treatment?

Although private treatment may seem expensive, the investment could be the better alternative to the neglect of an employee’s welfare or dismissal. The average investment in key team members of a business is estimated to be in the region of £30,000 per individual. This indicates that rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction may be the best and most economical solution long term, as well as the improvement in your employee’s personal welfare.

We provide many treatment packages that are suitable for funding from the majority of occupational health insurance schemes. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more about our rehab treatment plans for employees. One of our admissions team can discuss your treatment and payment options with you.

Contact us for employee referrals

If you are concerned a member of staff may be suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction and would like to know more about our treatments or would like some advice, please call us today on 01253 847 553.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: May 11, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer at Ocean Recovery

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed:

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures