Many people are still under the misconception that alcohol and drug addiction in Texas and the rest of the country exists primarily on the fringes of society. According to data provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 68 percent of illegal drug users are employed full- or part-time, as are most individuals who drink heavily. Here are issues you need to be aware of concerning the impact of substance abuse on your job.

Workplace drug testing can take a number of different forms

Job offers today are often contingent on the results of a pre-employment drug screen, but it doesn’t end there. Companies may institute policies ranging from random testing to probable-cause testing. This is especially prevalent in businesses and industries involving the operation of vehicles and other heavy equipment, which usually require post-accident testing.

Addiction seriously affects workplace operations

If you have a substance addiction, it becomes the problem of everyone in your workplace. Destructive behavior such as absenteeism, reduced productivity, unsafe actions and chronic job-hopping forces co-workers to assume a larger portion of the burden and has financial consequences for your employer.

Company drug-free programs result in positive changes

Employers who have instituted successful drug-free programs find that the workplace gets a significant boost in morale and productivity thanks to reductions in absenteeism, theft and accidents. There is also a trickle-down effect in the form of overall improvements in health with a corresponding drop in medical benefit claims.

Some schools have begun following the lead of workplace testing

Encouraged by the success of workplace programs, some schools have begun random and reasonable-suspicion drug testing with the goal of identifying substance abuse issues for treatment.

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction has become such a priority that it is one of the 10 Essential Health Benefits listed in the Affordable Care Act. Visit our website for information about the personalized recovery programs offered at Transitions Recovery.