If California was a country, the diverse and sprawling state could hold its own against many nations in terms of influence and success.
Between Hollywood, agriculture, Silicon Valley, and tourism, the list is long for reasons the Golden State thrives. Beyond its enduring appeal, California faces challenges. Addiction is a growing public health concern.
Addiction in the workplace leads to diminished productivity, declining employee health, job injuries, and missing work days. This extends to the broader economic impact on the state’s powerful position in commerce.
The Cost of Addiction in the Workplace
Substance misuse is widespread in the state. Last year, 9% of employed Californians had a SUD. Only 10% received treatment. Employees with SUD miss almost 50% more days than the average of three weeks. 22% changed jobs last year. This rate is 40% higher for those with SUD.
Drug abuse costs California businesses $15.5 billion per year. This includes lost productivity and healthcare expenses. Alcohol use disorder (AUD)is the most prevalent overall SUD, with 22% of rehab admissions. 32% attending state-funded rehabs used amphetamines primarily.
Workers with alcohol dependency are 2.7 times more likely to miss work due to injuries. Around 24% of workers have admitted to drinking while working. As of March 2021, California was among five states where drug overdose deaths were higher in rural areas than urban areas.
California Recovery and Workplace Support
Browse the links below for essential California recovery resources and workplace support.
- DetoxLocal: Compare California Detox Centers in this up-to-date curated directory
- Top 33 Detox and Drug Rehabs in California: Expert-Reviewed Rankings
- Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers
- SAMHSA National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
- California Department of Health Treatment Referral Line: 1-800-879-2772
California Worker’s Rights
- HR California: Guide to Navigating California’s Complex Employment Laws
- Keeping Your Job During Rehab: Communication and Legal Protections
California Workplace Addiction
California law provides stronger protections to employees than federal law. The California Labor Code underlines workplace policies like reasonable accommodations.
Supporting workers reduces healthcare insurance costs, and the likelihood of accidents, and increases productivity.
Treatment is Great for Business
The reality of substance abuse at work requires support from employers. Business leaders must be proactive in addressing addiction. This involves creating supportive work environments, offering employee assistance programs, and promoting the available resources for lasting recovery.
By addressing addiction head-on, businesses safeguard their workforce and bottom line – and contribute to a healthier, more prosperous California.
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