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Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What to Do When an Employee Returns from Rehab

Tips For Dealing With Workplace Substance AbuseReturning to work is a critical part of recovery for many former addicts. As a supervisor, learn how you can best support an employee.

As a supervisor, watching an employee struggle with substance abuse can be incredibly tough. 

Employers do have a right to fire employees if their job performance declines due to substance abuse. However, many wish to help their employees constructively address addiction through a substance abuse treatment program.

With all the focus on helping employees enter treatment, it’s important to remember that rehab is just the first step. Helping employees re-enter in the workplace after treatment can be just as challenging, and it's just as important for long-term sobriety.

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Business.com / HR Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 17:03:50

Preventing a Leading Risk for Death, Disease, and Injury At A Glance 2016
Alcohol Death
Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 88,000 deaths in the United States each year. It also accounts for 1 of 10 deaths among working-age adults and shortens the lives of those who die by an average of 30 years. Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any alcohol use by pregnant women or anyone younger than 21.

In 2010, excessive alcohol use cost the US economy $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink, and $2 of every $5 of these costs were paid by the public. Binge drinking is responsible for over half the deaths and three-quarters of the costs due to excessive alcohol use. Ninety percent of adults who are excessive drinkers binge drink, and 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth is consumed while binge drinking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to prevent excessive alcohol use and related harms in states and communities.

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Article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 19:06:49

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co OccurringFormerly known as dual diagnosis or dual disorder, co-occurring disorders describes the presence of both a mental health and a substance-use disorder. For example, a person may be abusing a narcotic and also have bipolar disorder.


The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis when referring to an individual who has a co-existing mental illness and a substance-use disorder. While commonly used to refer to the combination of substance-use and mental disorders, the term also refers to other combinations of disorders (such as mental disorders and intellectual disability).

Clients with co-occurring disorders (COD) typically have one or more disorders relating to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs as well as one or more mental disorders. A client can be described as having co-occurring disorders when at least one disorder of each type can be established independent of the other and is not simply a cluster of symptoms resulting from another disorder.

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 14:06:48

Colleges using sober dorms to combat alcohol, drug addiction

StudentsOver 20 million young Americans started college this fall. For most of them, the next few years will be a time of intellectual challenges, new friendships and career exploration. But for many, those years will also include a lot of partying and exposure to an abundance of alcohol and drugs.

According to a 2016 report by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,1.2 million full-time college students drink alcohol, and more than 700,000 use marijuana on an average day. Binge drinking is common. More than a third of surveyed students reported binge drinking (taking five or more drinks in quick succession), according to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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Story by Claire Altschuler
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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 19:38:41

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