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Top 5 practical steps for dealing with substance misuse in the workplace

Substance misuse in the workplace can be very complex and a difficult issue to control. In our latest article, alcohol and drug rehab experts Port of Call look at the top five ways of dealing with substance abuse and overcoming addiction in a work environment.

Controlling substance misuse in the workplace

The best way of dealing with substance abuse in the workplace is through early intervention. There are a few ways of controlling the problem in a work environment:

  1. Complete regular risk assessments to make sure potential issues surrounding substance misuse in the workplace identified and addressed
  2. Train staff, particularly those in management, about the nature and of drug problems and the effects of substance misuse on workplace safety and performance
  3. Put in place a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy, setting out your firm’s stance on substance misuse in the workplace
  4. Consider including a contract for employees to take part in drug testing
  5. Keep appraised of the law regarding substance misuse

substance misuse in the workplace

Please remember if someone who works for you has a drug problem, it is a health
issue and treatment is available….

How can Port of Call help your organisation

Port of Call are experts in addiction recovery and finding the right treatment for each individual. If you need help dealing with substance abuse, we can help. Here are a few of the ways in which Port of Call can help your organisation control substance misuse in the workplace:

  • Help sensitively manage addictive behaviour in the workplace
  • Employee addiction assessment for at risk individuals
  • Specialist addiction treatment services
  • Workplace interventions – when a colleague is in denial about their addiction
  • Staff training on workplace sensitivity and reducing enablement behaviour
  • Policy support
  • Employee burnout – residential retreat

To find out more about Port of Call’s workplace services, call 08000029010 or write to help@portofcall.com

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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