EMPLOYMENT AND ADDICTION
Though millions of Americans struggle with addiction, only a small percentage ever actually get help with qualified treatment. What is the "Treatment Gap?" And how can we close this gap for good?
People turn to drugs and alcohol for many different reasons. For as many people that there are who are addicted, there are just as many reasons why those people use substances. Addicts are unique individuals. Each one will have his or her story of why they began using addictive substances.
In a nation where our drug problem grows by the year, we’re starting to see drug use and alcohol misuse crop up in businesses. Entire industries have been affected. We hear about office accidents, workplace injuries, falls, and so on, often caused by intoxication.
“Addiction does not discriminate.” How many times have we heard that line? But what if I said to you that addiction does discriminate? What if I told you that discrimination in addiction is part of the fundamental reasons why we have such a cataclysmic addiction problem in the first place?
Some employers are scrapping pre-employment or workplace drug tests because of the difficulty of finding or retaining employees who can pass them. Is this a sound move? If tests are abandoned, are there any other actions an employer can take to create a drug-free workplace? This is a defeatist, apathetic and scary reason. It sounds like they are scrapping testing for qualified employees, because they can’t find enough qualified employees so they will hire unqualified employees.
We’ve likely all heard more than once the story of the growing prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction in America. This is a problem that started becoming more severe around the turn of the century and which has doubled, tripled and even quadrupled itself since then.