Addiction in the Workplace

The cost of addiction in the workplace significantly impacts
organizations financially, as well as in other ways.
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Global Addiction Recovery Inc. offers organizations online programs to help employees who are struggling with addiction. Also, programs for families and supervisor training.

All courses in the top row are available to anyone for Free.

Programs That Work
Global Addiction Recovery Inc. understands the impact addiction and addiction related issues can have in the workplace. Founder Brad Oneil is a Certified Addiction Counsellor and Sex Addiction Therapist who developed these programs for his treatment facility. He has provided treatment for all levels of employees across dozens of industries. More info…

Cost Effective Help Based on Reliable Research
Absenteeism, lack of productivity, risk of injury to self, co-workers and customers, and risk of damage to equipment, and potential lawsuits are just a few of the costs associated with workplace addiction. In addition, covering up for, or picking up the slack for underperforming co- workers with addictions can impact employee morale.

Research done at the University of Chicago, in conjunction with the National Safety Council shows that Substance Use Disorder (SUD) can affect as much as 15% of the workforce depending on the industry and averages 9.4% overall. These numbers are consistent with numbers found in research conducted in numerous countries. Use our Online Calculator to find out what workplace addiction is costing your organization. (based on national averages) Contact us and we can determine a number based on your specific industry.

Our full suite of programs is available to all your employees at a fraction of the cost addiction is costing your organization. We utilize a robust Learning Management platform to deliver our programs with high levels of security and strict attention paid to confidentiality.More info…

Do I Have a Problem?

You may be asking yourself this question or maybe your spouse, a friend or your boss has hinted or suggested that they think you are drinking or using too much.

In less than 20 minutes this free course will help you decide if your drinking or drug use is getting to be a problem for you and if you should do something about it.

In this course will you make that decision for yourself by looking at your habits, patterns and how your alcohol or drug use may be affecting your major life areas such as your relationships, work, and personal life.

If you have been wondering, or if someone else is, you have nothing to lose. Again, it is free, and it is 100% confidential.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Substance Use Awareness

Substance use in the workplace isn’t new, nor is substance use outside the workplace which affects the workplace.

Concerns about substance use and its impact on the workplace have come into greater focus with the rise in both prescription and illicit opioid use, increased stress in and outside the workplace and in some places, cannabis legalization and decriminalization.

Placing employee well being in the forefront, results from this program will include a safer work environment, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and reduced liability potential due to accidents.

Studies show that the average amount of time an alcoholic or addict is active in their addiction before seeking or being forced to get help is 13 years. In addition, 77% of people struggling with addiction are in the workforce and 60% of people know someone who has been at work while drunk of high. Absenteeism is 41% higher for alcoholics, 75% higher for those with illicit drug use disorder, 46% higher for those with marijuana use disorder and 176% higher for those with pain medication use disorder. These numbers can be reduced significantly through awareness, education and easily accessible programs to help employees deal with these issues.

Identifying Signs

This program will help supervisors and co-workers identify physical signs of substance abuse or behavior changes which indicate the presence of substance abuse.

Physical signs are numerous if employees know what to look for, but employees who are abusing substances often become very skilled at hiding them. These physical signs are numerous. Some will be obvious such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, slow reflexes or being agitated. Other symptoms might include tiredness or appearing to be depressed.

There are many less obvious signs which are most often evidenced by behaviors and these take more awareness and observation over a longer period of time. Examples include frequent runny nose which can be an indication of “snorting” drugs or frequent trips to the bathroom or other private areas away from any other employees. There are numerous other indicators which are often ignored or attributed to other potential causes.

Impacts of Substance Abuse – People

No company exists without its people. A culture which promotes and supports the overall health and well being of a workforce is critical for employee satisfaction and optimal production. When individual employees are dealing with substance abuse, all their major life areas suffer, including work.

Unfortunately, coworkers are impacted as well. They may find themselves covering for the individual or performing added tasks which in turn, causes dissension and possibly fatigue leading to underperformance or incidents. Research indicates that affected coworkers are hopeful management will recognize the problem and take corrective action.

In organizations or situations where safety is critical, impairment, including fatigue, is a major concern. Substance abuse can lead to lapses in judgement, poor decisions, reduced motor skills and inability to focus. These situations may not only put the person performing the task at risk but also co-workers, customers and in some instances, members of the general public.

Impacts of Substance Abuse – Organizations

Low morale, incidents, insurance claims, absenteeism, low lack productivity and profitability, potential liabilities due to injuries to staff, and possibly the public, are just a few of the impacts of substance abuse in the workplace.

Many costs are hidden by general absenteeism or illnesses, being late for work, “unnoticed” lack of productivity, lack of focus, late or missed deadlines, or inability or reluctance to link substance use directly with causes of incidents.

This program addresses all these issues plus many more and provides valuable information to assist employees and organizations in identifying and developing a proactive approach for dealing with Substance Abuse in the workplace.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Substance Abuse Program

The program is divided into 8 Modules, delivered over 8 weeks. This spaced learning approach is designed to help users develop traction in each set of new skills and through the weekly assignments.

This is a principle of brain re-building and neuroplasticity. A new foundation is laid based on repetition of healthy behaviors and newly acquired knowledge and tools.
In spacing the materials out, participants are encouraged to practice their new skills and establish new neural pathways.

Participants watch a video in each module and work through over 60 exercises during the eight-week program. Starting with identifying the nature of substance abuse and the impact it has on all major life areas including career, the program focusses on changing behaviors, identifying underling issues, building support networks and developing a sustainable recovery plan.

This program is designed for anyone struggling with alcohol, marijuana, illicit drug or prescription drug abuse.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Family and Friends Program

Addiction impacts far more people than just the addict. Family, Friends and even Co-workers can find themselves drawn into the disease.

Family and friends spend countless hours worrying about loved ones who are addicts and alcoholics, trying to control their behaviors, track their whereabouts or talking with other employees for support.

Co-workers can find themselves working extra hours and lying for the addict or alcoholic to cover for their behaviors, absences or lack of productivity.

Addicted loved ones can disrupt the workplace with phone calls, text messages, emails and sometimes unannounced visits.

This four-week program is designed to help people who have addicts and alcoholics in their lives, deal with the situation in a healthy manner which minimizes disruption in all areas of their lives including the workplace.

Participants learn how to focus on themselves, minimizing the chaos and how to build a support network.

This program is designed for Family and Friends of Alcoholics or Addicts (including sex addicts) and can be beneficial for co-workers who find themselves being drawn into the chaos of addiction.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Relapse Prevention Program

Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions, some addicts and alcoholics relapse after a period of sobriety.

This three-week program helps the alcoholic or addict to understand that relapse is a breakdown in a recovery plan, not some random event and can therefore be prevented.

Combining video and a series of exercises, participants learn how to watch for the changes in thinking and behaviors which lead to relapse.

The program is designed for people who have been in some form of recovery program, whether it is treatment, counselling or 12 Step, and find themselves relapsing.

If there has not been some measure of sobriety after being in a program or counselling, we recommend the Substance Abuse Program to build a foundation.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Sex/Porn Addiction Program

Sex and Porn Addiction, also known as Compulsive Sexual Behavior, is a growing problem and has many of the same negative effects on employees and the workplace that substance abuse has.

While the outward signs of impairment may not be as visible, the sex addict is as obsessive and compulsive as an alcoholic or addict.

Your company may have strict policies regarding the unauthorized use of company technology for anything other than company business. Mobile devices are often the technology of choice for sex and porn addicts. This means they can be sitting at their desk or out in the field on company time, surfing dozens of hook-up aps or porn sites and it is difficult to detect.

This addiction brings with it, absenteeism, presenteeism, loss of focus and irritability to name a few. Breakdowns in other major life areas, specifically relationships with spouses and children and other stressors find their way into the workplace.

Research indicates that somewhere between 3.5% and 6% of the population suffer from compulsive sexual behavior. On the high end, that is the same percentage of people who suffer from addiction to illicit drugs.

Studies also indicate that over 60% of people who struggle with compulsive sexual behavior, also have another addiction.

This eight-week program is designed for people who either know they are struggling with compulsive sexual behavior or are worried about it. An online, self-assessment is available to help with the decision.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Living Authentically

Family of origin issues, dysfunction, self-esteem and trauma can all play a contributing role in addiction. In addition, other behaviors including interpersonal skills and relationship problems can be rooted in upbringing and adverse childhood experiences.

Understanding the connections can dramatically improve a person’s life, health and self-perception.

This is a twelve-week program with a combination of exercises and videos to help people find a more rewarding and fulfilling personal life and improved relationships.

Former participants in this program have said: “Everyone should take this program.” And “It is life changing.”

This program is designed for anyone who is looking to go deeper into examining how understanding and owning our story not only affects our relationships but also our health.

For more info, a course outline or to sign up click here.

Supervisor Training

Every organization has their own policies protocols for dealing with addiction in the workplace.

Your supervisors may have a wealth of experience in this area or limited knowledge about how to talk with an employee about this difficult topic.

This program is NOT about what treatment program or counselling an employee should engage in if they have addiction issues. It is to assist supervisors in understanding the mindset of the person they are conducting the intervention with, and how to handle the most typical responses they may encounter to ensure the best possible outcome for the employee and the company.

Written by and alcoholic/addict who has conducted hundreds of these types of interviews, this program will give insight into the mind of the alcoholic or addict to ensure a smooth process.

This program is suitable for seasoned Human Resource Personnel as well as team or field supervisors. A successful initial intervention is essential for a successful outcome.

More Statistics

The University of Chicago study reports that employees with an untreated Substance Use Disorder have nearly 50% more absences than workers who do not have a SUD. (14.8 days vs. 10.5 days)

However, workers in recovery and workers who have received treatment in the past have fewer absences than workers who do not have SUDs. (9.5 days vs 10.5 days)

The same study reports that one in five workers reported being injured or put in danger on the job because of a co-worker’s drinking or that they had to work harder, re-do work or cover for a worker as a result of a fellow employee’s drinking.

Employees typically expect supervisors or management to deal with co-workers with SUD’s, however they usually identify the problem before management does and this can result in low morale or low productivity.

Untreated SUDs can result in injuries which trigger insurance claims, damage to company property and potential liability due to third party property or injury claims.

Employees with significant others who are struggling with addiction often bring the effects of their personal struggles into the workplace. Inability to focus, distractions because of worry and contact during work hours to deal with the addict or other family members reduce productivity and can lead to absenteeism.

With Substance Use Disorder affecting as much as 15% of the workforce and Sex/Porn Addiction affecting up to 6%, without considering the effects of having an employee who is dealing with a loved one who has one of those disorders, addiction is impacting as much as 20% of any workforce.

One of the most difficult things for a supervisor, manager or Human Resources person to do is confront an employee about substance abuse. Discussions of this nature are usually met with denial, rationalization, excuses and promises that it will never happen again.

The employee may say things like: “I know it has been getting out of hand, my spouse and I have been talking about it, I am going to see my doctor, or I am going to start going to 12 Step meetings.”

Imagine, instead of having to suggest time off or going to treatment, being able to give them an option to take an Online Program, putting the power in their hands and giving them the opportunity to take control of the situation to see if that next step can be avoided.

Our Resource section provides useful information on Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Sex/Porn Addiction as well as assessment tools which can help in the decision making process.

We are not saying that there won’t be some who need treatment. But treatment centers only have about a 25% success rate and typically cost $10,000-$30,000 (or more) and most of them channel people back into 12 Step meetings when they return home.

Roughly 4% of addicts and alcoholics receive treatment. How are the others who get sober, getting that way? The point is, that there isn’t only one way and the method of delivering help for addictions needs to change.

Programs offered by Global Addiction Recovery address many of the concerns related to addiction in the workplace as well as other programs related to the disease of addiction. Your organization can provide access to this suite of programs, including Supervisor Training at a price that is a fraction of the cost of addiction in your organization. If your organization has an employee benefits package in place the cost of our full suite of programs is a fraction of the cost of your insurance premiums.

Please contact us to discuss your needs or for more information.


Maintain a safe and efficient worksite with a simple impairment and alertness evaluation

GlobalFit4Duty: cognitive screening software to measure impairment and fatigue

According to the National Safety Council, 69% of employees are tired at work. Fatigue can affect performance, and in high-risk activities mistakes can be fatal. It only takes a minute to gain peace-of-mind that your team has arrived at the job site fit for duty. The GlobalFit4Duty app is a simple cognitive test that assesses alertness. It improves safety and efficiency by identifying risks before they become incidents.

GlobalFit4Duty is a scientifically proven, non-invasive game-like assessment taken via an app on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The score quickly and simply identifies potential impairment from fatigue, medication, illness, extreme stress or substance abuse. The focus is on level of impairment rather than cause of impairment, removing judgement from management and potential opposition from the workforce.

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Protect workers in seconds

The app-based evaluation takes less than 90 seconds. It’s so quick that it can be completed before a shift, during a break, or multiple times a day without disrupting productivity. GlobalFit4Duty can be used onsite or at a remote work location using any Apple or Android smart device.

Regardless of location, workers can be assessed:

  • Use the screen before driving or other higher risk duties
  • Get instant results in the app and compare to historical data
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Ensure privacy, objectivity and fairness

Alertness testing with GlobalFit4Duty protects worker privacy while keeping them safe, to create a respectful and productive workplace.

  • Protect privacy with a non-invasive process that does not seek out impairment cause
  • Avoid bias with an image-based tool anyone can use
  • Keep information secure with password-protected log-in

Identify issues before they’re problems

Based on scientific cognitive studies, GlobalFit4Duty measures cognitive function based on response and recall. A dashboard for managers provides an objective report on employee alertness.

  • Receive instant notifications of workers’ readiness for the job
  • Manage and track employee profiles
  • Review detailed statistics to identify trends
  • Inform safety programs with insight into workers’ cognitive health

How it works

  1. Download the app
  2. Establish your baseline
  3. Complete assessment in under 90 seconds
  4. Results are recorded
  5. Management is alerted for scores outside the normal range