Public Service Workers And Addiction
02/28/19: Addiction \ Addiction RecoveryJust how common is addiction in our society today? More common than you think! There are over 20 million Americans, out of the 327 million, that struggle with some form of addiction. Sadly, the numbers keep growing and growing. An even more alarming statistic tells us that 1 in 10 full-time workers in the U.S. struggle with drug abuse. Substance abuse can cause some serious harm for someone. Addiction is a mental and physical dependency that can seriously affect the general well-being of a person. This disruption of a person’s well-being can have a huge impact on their overall performance in life, especially in the workplace. When a public service worker struggles with addiction, their performance at work can decline significantly. Loss of productivity, poor attitude, and disheveled appearances are very common amongst public service workers struggling with addiction. Another big issue that comes with drug addiction in public service workers is the financial cost they bring on their companies. They end up making more frequent trips to hospitals and costing their companies more money for their medical bills. Yes, these statistics and facts are all very alarming for companies, but stop and think for a second on what the abuser is going through. These stats do not highlight the pain and suffering these addicts go through on a day-to-day basis. People that struggle with substance abuse always have a reason for abusing drugs/alcohol. Deteriorating health, bad home life, financial struggles, etc. are just some issues that people with addiction commonly struggle with. In this blog, we will discuss substance abuse among public service workers, why it happens, and what can be done.
Addiction In The WorkplaceWhen it comes to drug abuse with public service workers, an avalanche of issues can arise from their addiction:
- Low work performance
- Low efficiency
- Low energy
- Poor attitude/irritation
- Lack of concentration
- Low morale
- Illicit activities
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Failure to meet deadlines
The CostsNot only does a person pay a heavy cost on their health when they struggle with addiction, but the companies they work for can also pay a heavy cost if they keep them on board. Public service workers’ addiction at work can be measured through injuries, low work morale, theft, low productivity, absences, insurance claims, and even death. As we discussed, addiction can be a huge issue for people in the workplace. Someone that struggles with addiction is more likely to:
- Injure themselves or their co-workers (One national study tells us that approximately 16% of emergency visitors that come in from work injuries have some substance in their system.)
- Be less productive with their job
- File more claims for injuries
- Take more sick leave than the average worker
Factors That Contribute To AddictionAddiction is a something that is becoming a bigger issue in the public workers field, but how does it happen? Here are some of the factors that contribute to these workers addictions.
- Peer Pressure
- Home Life
What To Do About ItA big reason for why these addicts continue their poor behaviors is because they do not have the means of getting help. I can be hard to admit oneself into a rehab facility, but public service companies can implement some sort of programs that help a person address their behaviors in hopes to fix them. Supervisors also need to be properly trained to identify behaviors of people who struggle with addiction and help them find the assistance they need in order to live sober. Content for Arizona Addiction by Cohn Media, LLC. Passionate and creative writing and broadcasting, covering the following industries: addiction rehab, health care, entertainment and technology. Advocate of clear communication, positivity and humanity at its best. www.cohn.media
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