Why you need to talk about the stress of addiction
You may already know that 70% of people with addictions are employed. Because the stigma is so severe people are reluctant to go HR or EAP. They need more information. Furthermore, the family members of someone in addiction, i.e. the spouse, parter, parent or adult child are bombarded with daily emotional stress. Unfortunately the avenue that most family members are aware of, Al-anon, actually makes the situation worse for the person with the substance problem, and also for many family members.
Having the conversation about alternative, evidenced based approaches validates family members who find the “detach with love” mantra of Al-anon untenable. The communication skills shared with family members through the Invitation to Change approach are applicable to all family dynamics as well as work relationships.
Incorporate this message into your regular format for providing wellness information to your employees. I’m happy to do zoom, in person talks or provide written information. Family members are afraid to talk about his. Making this a routine conversation reduces stigma. That reduces stress and increases productivity. And one more thing, reducing stigma saves lives.
Mark Levine LICDC-CS