As many individuals begin returning to
in-office work, we think it’s important to take a look at how to spot addiction
within your own workplace. Spotting someone who is battling with addiction
within your work environment often times is not easy. Even spotting addiction
in our loved ones can be difficult and those are often the people we’re closest
to in our lives. So, spotting addiction with someone you might not be close
with can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t signs that you can
be aware of and sometimes recognize.
When someone is battling addiction, they are often really good at hiding it. This can make it difficult to identify, as they spend much of their time figuring out how to best conceal their struggles. Of the more than 14 million people who use illegal drugs, 70 percent are employed. Finding out how to spot signs of addiction in employees and how you can offer resources to get them the help they need.
One often telling sign that a coworker is struggling with addiction is them having difficulty with productivity and attendance. Sometimes this can include:
Sometimes workers struggling with addiction will even ask off on holidays, paydays or Mondays as these are common days where an addiction would be consumed with their addiction.
Another way that
addiction can be spotted in the workplace is through physical changes within a
colleague. Change in appearance can be a clue such as wearing dirty or wrinkled
clothes, looking disheveled, neglecting personal hygiene. Physical symptoms
like tremors, shaking, staggering, bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, alcohol on
breath (or constant use of breath mints and gum), runny nose (or always rubbing
their nose), sweating, clammy hands, or looking spaced out can all be a bit telling.
are also common amongst those battling an addiction. Individuals affected by
substance abuse can show distinct changes in personality, with no identifiable
cause. They are likely to become more moody and irritable, while also having
difficulty paying attention.
They may also lose their motivation
and energy, displaying an “I don’t care” type of attitude.
No matter what the signs may be, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace are devastating in many ways. For starters, employers lose money because work isn’t getting done. On top of that, other employees have to pick up the slack, which can lead to burnout, stress, and anxiety amongst teams.
As an employee and possible teammate of someone who is clearly struggling with some sort of substance issue, there are a few things you can do to help your colleague. First and foremost, don’t enable them. You should never cover for a coworker, make excuses for them, or loan them money. Instead, you should try to get them help by going to your supervisor or human resources department to discuss your concerns in a professional manner. Provide them with any evidence or anecdotes you have about the person’s substance use. That way, your employer can investigate and work on getting them the help they need.
Thankfully, many places of work have connections to programs that are able to assist their employees who may be in need of help. If you or a loved one are in need of help with substance abuse, contact the admissions team at Windmill Wellness Ranch today.