Workplace Addiction what can be done?

HR professionals are often the first port of call in dealing with crises within the organization. Substance abuse and related disorders have infiltrated the corporate world and more often, are presenting as common crises to be dealt with. Workplace Addiction to cocaine or alcohol abuse or even performance-enhancing drugs, in the corporate world, can be dealt with constructively. And admission into treatment can be facilitated with relative ease and appropriate corporate support.
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Workplace Addiction drug and alcohol rehab

Houghton House has an addiction training programme aimed at equipping corporate partners with the correct information and skills in order to benefit the employee in crises and the corporate concerned.

Drug and Alcohol abuse in the workplace is, in many cases, a dismissible offence. Although it is viewed to be a personal problem, it affects an employee’s performance at work resulting in absenteeism, accidents, illness and possibly death due to accidents – all of which could add to the company’s cost.

According to studies conducted by the International Labour Organisation on the abuse of alcohol and drugs in Workplace Addiction, the following was found:

  1. Absenteeism of employees with alcohol and drug problems was three times higher than for other employees.
  2. Employees with chemical dependence problems claimed sick benefits three times more than other employees and also made compensation claims five times more than other employees.
  3. 20% to 25% of injuries in the workplace involved employees under the influence of alcohol.
  4. Drugs and alcohol supplied at work amounts to 15% to 30% of all accidents at work.

Differing from predictable insight, most people with an alcohol or substance use disorder continue to hold down a job.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), more than 70 per cent of those abusing illicit drugs are employed, as are most binge drinkers.

The most common illicit drugs abused on the job are marijuana and cocaine.

Alex Hamlyn is co-founder and Head of Treatment at the Houghton House Group  in Johannesburg Gauteng dealing with Workplace Addiction

Alex Hamlin Workplace Addiction houghton House

Alex (seen left) trains counsellors, human resources departments, student counsellors and a number of other professionals with a series of specialised courses on Workplace Addiction namely “12 Core Functions of Addiction Counselling” & “Counselling the Addicted Communities”.

He is a certified member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors (NAADAC) and an accredited addictions counsellor in the United Kingdom Professional Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors (UKPCBADC) since 2000 Alex is well qualified to handle virtually any substance abuse case. (details at

Details of the Workplace Addiction Intervention Programme for Human Resource professionals have been outlined below.

  • A brief overview of the intervention process
  • The full spectrum of treatment available
  • Liaising with management / IR issues
  • Reintegration back into the workplace
  • Medical Aids
  • The culture of recovery and maintenance programmes going forward

Houghton has a Corporate Partner Network which includes prominent South African based corporations. This workplace addiction support network provides periodic training programmes and also entitles employees referred by an associated HR department to a free assessment.

Helping with an Employee with Treatment 

Substance abuse is increasingly presenting as an issue to be dealt with in the workplace. If you know of someone at work who is struggling with alcoholism or addiction call Houghton House to find out more about treatment for an employee on 011 787 9142. We can provide you with information or assist you with an intervention.

Treatment For An Employee Rehab in Johannesburg Alcohol Rehabilitation in Gautemg

Substance abuse is common, and the costs of substance abuse are high for employers. In addition to higher absenteeism and lower job productivity and performance, substance abuse also leads to greater health care expenses for injuries and illnesses. Furthermore, safety and other risks for employers can increase workers’ compensation and disability claims.

Unfortunately, a significant proportion of individuals with substance use disorders do not receive the care they need. This inability to obtain treatment often results from a lack of education about the treatment that is available or a lack of resources to pay for treatment. Many individuals with addiction may also be in denial about their need for treatment.

If you need help or advice on how to deal with a colleague or staff member with a substance abuse problem we will work closely with you to define a suitable way forward. We also offer training programmes relating to substance abuse and addiction treatment with a particular focus on training human resource professionals in dealing with substance dependence in the workplace.

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