Addiction a costly workplace issue

‘We need to bypass our assumptions and preconceived notions’: Expert
By Danny Weill
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/27/2019
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In addition to poor job performance, addiction in the workplace can lead to absenteeism, workplace turnover, low morale and increased insurance claims. Credit: Vladimir Gjorgiev (Shutterstock)

Addiction is a complex mental health issue and physical condition mired in myth and stigma.

Many people mistakenly think it is a only a problem for those who are weak-willed or lack self-control, but the truth is addiction has less to do with the substance or activity and more to do with how people cope — or fail to cope — with a serious issue in their lives.

It is estimated that close to eight million people suffer from addiction in Canada, and about one in five Canadians aged 15 years and older will experience a substance use disorder in their lifetime, according to the federal government.