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In the US, 70% of substance abusers have full-time jobs, 65.7% of adult drug users are employed, and 15% of workers are occasionally drunk at work. Substance abuse leads to 60% of all poor performances and 40% of all industrial accidents.
Alcohol and drug abuse cost: $249 billion and $271 billion respectively
Lost productivity due to alcohol: $174 billion
Lost working days due to alcohol misuse: 56 million
Impact of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the Workplace
Increased accident rate/injuries
Absenteeism/extra sick leave
Fatal accidents/premature death
Men in blue collar jobs face 3.5 times the risk of dying from alcohol-related diseases than those in managerial positions. Women in routine jobs face 5.7 times the risk of dying from alcohol-related diseases than those in white-collar industries.
Fields with the Most Problem Drinkers (per 1000 workers)
Construction and mining: 135
Leisure and hospitality: 109
Business, installation, maintenance, and repair: 106
Fields with the Highest Rates of Drug Abuse
Food preparation and serving: 17.4%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media: 12.4%
Installation, maintenance, and repair: 9.5%
Workforce Drug Testing Index
2016 data shows the highest (24% increase) workforce drug positivity since 2004, driven by illicit drugs.
Increase in positivity in the general U.S workforce from 2013-2016:
Oral fluid drug tests: 56.7% (with marijuana at a 74.7% increase – 5.1% in 2013 and 8.9% in 2016; methamphetamines at a 75% increase)
Hair drug tests: 41.9%
Urine drug test 2015-2016: cocaine at 12% increase; and 7.7% increase in the federally mandated, safety-sensitive US workforce.
Performance-related problems linked to alcohol are caused by drinking before work, resulting in hangovers that increase the frequency of:
Feeling sick/taking sick days
Sleeping on the job
Trouble with tasks/co-workers
Workplace drinkers are:
Men more than women
Younger more than older
Single rather than married
Managers more than their underlings
In the past year, 24% of drinkers drank during their workday
80% of alcohol-related problems at work are from social drinkers, not alcohol -dependent people
One in ten small business owners report that employees have shown up for work under the influence of controlled substances.
Drug abuse costs businesses $81billion/year (up to 10% of annual payroll)
75% of illicit drug users are currently employed (17% of the workforce)
9 out of 10 drug abusers work at small or medium-sized businesses
60% of adults know someone who has gone to work under the influence
3 million workers go to work under the influence each year (3% of the workforce)
83% of employees admit that their performance was affected
33% admit to having gone to work with a hangover
22% (nearly 1 in 4) admit to making mistakes at work
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18 Nov 2019
The best decision i never made ! Twenty eight days ago i was a lost soul, Not knowing who i was and in denile of my addiction. I leave Liberty house with tools for the rest of my life. I start my journey with hope and confidence as i'm now aware of my emotions and feelings. Step by step, day by day.......... I with beat my addiction. Thank you so much Liberty House
18 Nov 2019
I think that the first week was hard for me here but as it got on it got harder before easier which is truthfully what was needed. It was for me to listen and take in comments from the staff which hit home, it then made me realise that theres a long journey ahead of me. Im greatful that I have attended here because I would still be lost had I not. My relationship with my family has improved a lot and more importantly with my wife, even the kids have picked up on it saying daddy sounds like the good old daddy in the photos we have which melted my heart. Thank you so much for everyone at Libetry House for the love and support
18 Nov 2019
Very good overall, as long as you are honest with your councilors they will help you tremendously
18 Nov 2019
My 28 day stay has been an emotional roller coaster. I was a client here in 2016 and have really appreciated the new program, here at Recovery Lighthouse. The introduction of art and music therapy, yoga, mindfulness, and beach walks proved extremely beneficial. I was successfully detoxed off Alcohol and cannot fault any member of staff. They have supported and guided me throughout my stay, and remained professional, kind and caring. I would highly recommend any addict who is serious about recovery, to seek help in this amazing place.
18 Nov 2019
I found the clinic incredibly supportive. The staff are fantastic, especially Johnny, as my focal therapist, who was endlessly kind, knowledgable, supportive, good humoured and non-judgemental. The therapists re-framed my world so I could gain insight and understanding into my disease. The torrent of emotions involved in recovery could have thrown me into turmoil... but I always had a staff member to talk to and share my feelings with. The kitchen staff, Tony and Liz are utter angels, and the support workers should get medals for putting up with me! Thank you Sanctuary Lodge for setting me on my path to recovery.