Addressing addictions

Going beyond wellness programs, self-help resources can bring gains
By Chris Dawson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2016

In thinking about people with addiction and substance abuse problems, old stigmas can lead to images of individuals so deep in their illnesses that they’ve lost their jobs, spiralled into an unseemly lifestyle and are consumed by the addiction. 

The reality is, of course, very much the reverse. The majority of people in Canada who struggle with addiction — about 77 per cent, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse — are employed and active in the workforce. 

But many also have an accompanying mental health condition such as depression. And employees with an addiction or substance misuse issue come with costly consequences.