Why Understanding Addiction Can Make You A Better Employer

For any business owner or CEO who looks upon their employees as valuable assets and who genuinely wishes to support them whenever the need arises, one scenario which can occur is that one of those valued employees admits that they are suffering from drug addiction and require entering a Addiction Recovery Program that will include a drug rehab program.

Unfortunately, some employers will see this as a line being crossed and that the individual is no longer wanted. However, many others will take a more sympathetic view and wish to support it the individual. These different reactions will occur for a variety of reasons such as the nature of the business, the business owner’s own views on drug-taking, and their knowledge or lack of knowledge of what drug addiction is.

The latter of those reasons often means the reaction to being told one of their employees is addicted to drugs, comes not from any bias or prejudices, but from them not knowing nor having no understanding of what addiction is and what it means either to the individual addict, or to those around them, including their work colleagues and managers.