Is your employee an addict?

Addiction at work

How to help an employee with substance abuse

As an employer, your employee rights should be a priority. If you suspect an employee is addicted, it is important to know how to help them.

Addiction is a disease, and it is beyond an individual’s control. You must be understanding and patient.

Our list of signs can help you as a boss or employer to identify the signs nd help your employee in the best way possible: 

Most common substances used by professionals:

1. Alcohol:

Employees who are struggling with addiction tend to commonly drink before, during or after work, have trouble being on time and doing their job efficiently.

They are more likely to take time off or suffer from occupational injuries.

More about the dangers of alcoholism. 

2. Marijuana:

Marijuana is a common drug used by employees who are finding their job particularly stressful.

It is so common because it is a relaxant and is seen by many as a harmful drug. But being high can seriously affect both productivity and safety at work.

3. Cocaine:

Professionals working in high-pressure jobs and industries that ask a lot of them have been known to turn to powdered cocaine because it is a stimulant drug.

They believe it can help them stay on top of demanding deadlines, workloads and increase their level of productivity if they are working long hours.

The danger with cocaine is that it is highly addictive and comes with health risks. 

Symptoms of cocaine addiction.

Signs of Substance Abuse in Employees

Spotting signs of drug or alcohol abuse among employees can be tricky.

Know your rights as an employer and as an employee. Read more here. 

Taking time off doesn’t necessarily mean they are addicted. Here are some signs to help you identify an employee that might be using:

  • Regular lateness or absence, which becomes a pattern.
  • Change in appearance – dirty, wrinkled clothes and a lack of attention to hygiene.
  • Physical signs of withdrawal such as shaking, tremors, or lack of balance.
  • Bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils or looking spaced out.
  • Behaving paranoid, mood changes, irrational or argumentative.
  • Avoiding social events, meetings or businesses lunches.
  • Smelling like alcohol or drugs.
  • More symptoms. 

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