Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Shropshire
Many people come to the pages and the helplines of OK Rehab for support on drug addiction and information on the process of recovery. Many others also come to us trying to find out how they can support a loved one, or someone they know in a personal context.
But something that is rarely covered in a lot of advice material, is how to approach this kind of situation if you’re an employer concerned about someone who works for you.
As an employer, addiction-affected employees can be hard to handle. You have a duty of care, but addiction is a deep-rooted, complex disorder. It affects every corner of a person, often including their work life.
And it can be a very personal issue too, making it very difficult to confront in a professional way. Here, we have a guide to the journey of addiction, from an employers’ perspective, to make this process a bit easier for everyone involved.
How to tell if your employee is fighting an addiction
In a work context, many of the signs and symptoms of addiction will probably be different to what they’d be if it was, for example, a family member, a friend or someone you lived with.
But if you notice any of the following, it could be a good time to reach out to them in some way:
- A decline in the quality of the person’s work
- A decrease in hygiene
- A decline in overall productivity
- Saying regularly that they feel unwell with headaches and nausea
- Regularly phoning in with illness at the last minute
- Decreased concentration
It’s also important to know that some addicts and alcoholics don’t show any symptoms at all. Even if you’ve noticed that they seem to have, for example, a toxic relationship with alcohol, talking to them about it may be a good idea.
Every case of addiction is different, so different approaches will likely be required. Different signs could show up too and you could get a different reaction when you attempt to talk to them about their potential problem.
Don’t be too surprised if their first reaction in the discussion is denial – this is extremely common. You should also tread very carefully when discussing potential addiction issues with employees for various reasons.
The first is that they might not have an addiction at all and if you immediately go in all guns blazing and you’ve misunderstood their situation, you could end up in a very embarrassing and unprofessional situation.
Second of all, if you’re correct and they actually are suffering from an addiction, the reaction you’re most likely to get is one of denial, embarrassment and maybe even anger. Without expert support and guidance, this can be very hard to handle.
Be careful, do your research and keep an eye on the person you’re concerned about. Then, the next best step will be contacting OK Rehab, to talk through all of your concerns with us.
In addition to our professional experience, we’re made up of people who’ve been through addiction issues, so we know it as a subject inside and out. If you speak to us, we’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation. In addition, any advice that we give on this page will inevitably be generalised, meaning it won’t apply to everyone.
An in-person conversation will put us in a much better position to advise you specifically. Especially because employer-employee relationships and work environments in general, are some of the hardest places to approach a potential drug addiction issue.
How to support an employee fighting addiction
If you’ve noticed any of the signs above, but still aren’t sure how to support your employee through their addiction, then this is the segment for you.
If your employee is struggling with addiction, it’s very important that, on a company and individual level, you offer as much support as you can give. The next point will of course depend on the specific nuances of the situation, but for a lot of people, support from work is the only support they’ll be able to get from people they know.
Although we did warn before that you should be careful with this approach, speaking to them in private and with the advice of an organisation like OK Rehab is most likely the best approach. If you’re sure they have a problem, encourage them to seek help in whatever way suits them best.
If they’ve already looked into it themselves and are going through treatment, whether it’s as a result of your advice or if they did it alone, the best thing you can do is ask them what they need and then provide whatever they ask for. Then, just keep an eye on them to make sure they’re ok.
Finally, like with any sensitive situation, it’s also extremely important that you keep any information about an employees’ addiction fully confidential. If anyone else at work finds out, it has to be on their terms.
Many people don’t seek help, because of a fear of judgment and/or embarrassment. As we said before, make sure any conversations you have are entirely private and don’t let on to anyone else at the company about the situation without the express permission of the person affected.
Whether it’s someone you care about personally, someone you work with or someone who works for you, reaching out to someone about addiction can be incredibly hard.
In addition to offering support for those struggling with addiction who reach out to us, we also offer an intervention programme, to help get through to those who are in denial.
All you need to do is call the number listed at the bottom of this page and we can help arrange whatever you feel the person you’re concerned about might need.
How to get an employee help for drug addiction
This is a tricky one, as treatment is likely to work best when the person being treated is getting help for themselves. However, as we mentioned previously, our intervention service is available to anyone.
Even if the situation you’re thinking of probably won’t require something that drastic, our helpline is also always open. You could also find out what drug and alcohol rehab facilities are available in Shropshire, so you’ll be in a position to make suggestions under the right circumstances.
In an on the phone assessment with us, we’ll ask you a series of questions to get a better idea of your employee’s situation. Topics of conversation may include what specific changes in behaviour you’ve noticed, whether you’ve expressed your concerns to them already and what circumstances the employee seems to be in overall.
And, as a side note, if they choose to speak to us themselves to be assessed for treatment, another set of typical questions will emerge. These are:
- How long they’ve been addicted for
- Who else knows about their addiction
- What they’re addicted to
Upon the discovery of an addiction problem, many employers would have an instinct to send their employee home. But, if they’re comfortable with it, keeping them in a regular work environment, whilst making it clear that the company will support them, could be the best thing that you could do for them.
No matter what perspective you’re reading this from, if you’re here, then it’s likely you’ll want to know more about drug and alcohol rehab in Shropshire. Many of the mental and physical health treatments we’re going to go over in a bit are available in Shropshire on a local level.
There are also two major residential rehab facilities, in Shrewsbury and Telford. If you’re looking to attend either of these places, we’d highly recommend that you fully research both and compare them, to decide which one is best for you.
This is also something that we can help you with at OK Rehab if you really can’t decide or are unsure of which one to choose.
What’s available for employers?
Something else important to do if and when you find out that an employee at your company is struggling with addiction: make sure that both you and your team know everything you can find out about the process of recovery.
Being aware of what their treatment options could be going forward, for example, could really help them to feel more comfortable as they go through this process. As a start, we have a little guide to treatment below. But as this is such a vast subject, there’s no such thing as too much research.
In addition to this, making sure your work environment is fully suited to someone going through addiction is a really good start. Offering any resources for mental wellbeing you have available is something good to do in general, but it could also really help with this scenario.
Setting up support networks is even something you could work on whilst the person is staying at residential rehab if that turns out to be the kind of treatment they go for.
Finally, take a look at your company policies and how they could affect someone with addiction and implement any necessary changes as soon as you can.
What to do if you’re struggling with addiction yourself
The other side of this coin is, of course, if you’re looking into addiction treatment for yourself.
We discussed OK Rehab’s helpline earlier, but now let’s look at it from an addicts’ perspective. After a conversation with you, we’ll create a personalised treatment plan. The treatments in that plan will either fall under the umbrella of inpatient or outpatient or to put it in simpler terms, residential or at home.
The primary difference between the two is the environment in which you’re treated, rather than the treatments themselves. For example, therapy and counselling are both often staples of both inpatient and outpatient treatment. But in residential rehab, it will be within a context and a schedule of other treatments, in a specific centre.
In comparison, therapy and counselling during outpatient treatment feel less intense, although it will still likely happen alongside other treatments. Other common treatments are group therapy, art therapy, reflexology, massages and support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
And, whether they’re inpatient or outpatient, nearly all addiction treatment plans start with some form of detox, to physically remove any and all drugs and alcohol from your body.
If you have any addiction-related concerns for yourself, a colleague and employee or even a loved one, OK Rehab will always be there to guide you on where to go. All you need to do is call 0800 326 5559.