Addiction Resources for HR Professionals

On average, six million people will break a bone in the United States, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In some cases, it could be a broken bone or ankle in the leg. Sure, for many people, a broken bone can be an annoyance. It hurts, but it's not the end of the world. But without treatment, a broken ankle could mean a large change in life quality. Imagine walking on that broken ankle for six months. Imagine the sharp pain stabbing and twisting through your ankle, all the way up your leg. Just slowly getting worse and worse until it's difficult to fix without intensive surgery.

In a way, a broken bone is kind of like an addiction. It often begins and festers accidentally. Very few plan to become addicted to their prescription medicine or hard drugs. The first time someone inserted a needle into their veins or abused their prescription medicine, they probably weren't looking for an addiction. But that's how drug addictions can start. And boy can addiction sneak up on someone quickly.

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Signs of Addiction

Drug addiction alters the way your brain creates, sends, and receives signals. For example, cocaine releases dopamine (pleasure chemicals) into your brain. Eventually, your brain stops producing dopamine because it gets such a high influx from cocaine. Over this time, a person doesn't react to dopamine in the same way, so they continue cocaine to try and bring the dopamine function back.

This is an example of how drugs can affect the brain's function. But studying the brain's function isn't always necessary when identifying an addiction. You can read more on our signs of addiction page, but here are a few observable signs of drug addiction:

  • Bruises or infections from needles or other drug entrance sites
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Decrease in work performance¬†
  • Attendance issues
  • Attitude and personality changes
  • Depression
  • Aggressive or irritability
  • Financial problems
  • Obsessive behavior

Addiction Treatment Resources

Due to the nature of human personality and the vast differences between drugs, there are a plethora of treatment resources available. Addiction specialists recognize the importance of offering different addiction treatment for every individual's unique needs. Here are just a few of the more well-known treatment options. You can read more about the different addiction treatment resources here.

  • Dual Diagnosis: An option that treats mental health disorders and addictions at the same time
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Option that focuses on reforming thinking processes
  • Group Counseling: Allows a person to meet and learn from others with an addiction.
  • Holistic Rehab: A rehab that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit.

These aren't the only type of treatments, just some of the more popular and common.

Drug Specific

The amount of drugs available in modern times is almost unfathomable. There are varieties of classes like benzodiazepines or alcohol, then so many different drugs in each class of drugs. To list them all might be overwhelming. Here is a list of a few of the main drug categories with the most common drugs. You can learn more about each drug on our drug specific addiction resources page.

  • Alcohol: Beer, gin, rum, vodka
  • Cannabis: Marijuana
  • Hallucinogens: Magic mushrooms, LSD, ketamine,
  • Opioids: Heroin, Oxycontin, Percocet
  • Stimulants: Cocaine, methamphetamine

When it comes to the workplace, there are so many different types of drugs people could use. For example, someone could use cocaine to improve their performance and concentration. An employee might also come to work drunk or even secretly drink at work. If there is an addiction in the workplace, there is a chance it could ruin productivity in more than just one person. If you or someone you know is fighting an addiction, we can help.