It typically begins with recreational use. We’re out having fun with a few friends, or we get home from work one day and we want to find a way to wind down. It feels so harmless – after all, we’re not abusing the substance yet and our intentions of using are quite simple. What happens over time, however, is a different story: the euphoric effects that we begin to experience, the way we feel relaxed or more sociable with others, begins to feel like the best feeling in the world.
We begin to prefer that over our normal state of being and subtly, over time, we find ourselves transitioning into more and more alcohol or drug use. The way we feel may be improved, at least temporarily – but what we don’t realize is that in most cases, our lives around us begin to fall apart.
Addiction and the Workplace
In 2017, Harvard Medical School published an article that stated 70% of those with alcohol or illicit drug use will continue on with their employment; and for quite a long period of time, their performance levels could be considered “functioning”. What happens in these instances, however, is that despite the employee being at work, there’s a lot going wrong: productivity is lost, turnover rates increase, greater sick time is used, theft in the workplace may arise and the quality of work decreases as well. In addition to this, those who show up to work under the influence are more likely to hurt themselves or hurt others – which certainly adds up in hospital bills and company time.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains the workplace has become a major source of apprehension regarding addiction, but more policies are being set in place to help provide support for those trying to recover. If you or a loved one are ready to begin the journey towards healing and restoration, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today.
At Alta Lama Transformational Services, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms. Alta Lama uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, where you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan. We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 866-457-3843.