Am I addicted?
Research shows that over 70 percent of US substance abusers hold at least one job. An additional 25 percent of all US workers, ages 18 to 34, abuse illegal drugs during the course of a year. You could be one of the many workers across the United States who abuse drugs or alcohol. It might be quite difficult for you to admit what is happening. After all, you never planned on ending up an addict.
It can be terrifying, as further research has displayed adults of working age have the largest rates of alcohol-related deaths. And with 14 to 20 million work days lost to substance abuse each year, you should look into whether or not you are suffering from addiction.
How do I know if I'm addicted?
Life is stressful and some days are going to be worse than others. But if you find yourself turning to substances to relax or cope with daily life, you might be heading towards an addiction. Do you find yourself:
- Losing control of your mind or body?
- Ignoring regular activities?
- Taking more risks with your life?
- Developing problems in relationships?
- Becoming more secretive?
In addition, you may find yourself dealing with withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Loss of Appetite
How does my addiction affect my job?
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, substance abuse affects an employee in four main categories, which include:
- Premature death/fatal accidents
- Injuries/accident rates
- Absenteeism/extra sick leave
- Loss of production
Where can I find help?
The Americans With Disabilities Act classifies addiction as a disability. Provided you are not currently abusing drugs or alcohol, you are legally protected from discrimination by your employer. However, it does not protect you if you have abused drugs in the past. This is one of many legal protections you have in the United States as a labor force worker.
According to The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, you are also allowed to leave work to seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Your employer may have their own programs available for fighting addiction.
If you are struggling with addiction, we can help. Call us at 888-553-6357. We can help put a plan in place to beat addiction and get your life back.