According to CNN Money Reports, around 17% of unemployed individuals and 9% of employed people struggled with substance use disorder in 2012, and those numbers have likely increased as the United States has struggled with the opioid epidemic. If you’ve been able to manage all of your career responsibilities while upkeeping the demanding needs of your addiction, you may feel that you don’t have a problem – what’s the need for treatment when you are still tending to everything accordingly?
The unfortunate reality is that while it may seem as though all the pieces are together, addiction eventually takes over and can quietly dominate nearly every aspect of your life. Ask those who have loved ones with an addiction – relationships tend to struggle more, finances may seem less available as money goes towards the addiction, and career aspirations may fade away as the addiction demands every ounce of your attention. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has noted several ways in which addiction can negatively impact your workplace performance:
- Tardiness/sleeping on the job
- Poor decision making
- Slower production rates
- Lower morale at work
- Injuries or accidents
- Absenteeism/extra sick leave
- Higher turnover, leading to training of new employees
- Attention and concentration interference due to preoccupation with substance use
There are two main instances that can negatively affect your workplace performance: using substance before or during work hours, and heavy substance use the night before which causes you to perform on a hangover the next day. The NCADD has noted a number of industries that are heavily affected by addiction:
- Food service
- Mining and drilling
- Installation, maintenance and repair
If you have experienced any of these warning signs, you may have a problem with substance use and should speak with someone from a reputable treatment center about your options. Treatment may include detoxification, as well as psychotherapy, which will allow you to work through your problems and gain more clarity on how addiction has impacted your life.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.