The effects and impact of Drug and Alcohol misuse on an individual and in the workplace can be significant. In the UK alone:

  • £7.3 Billion lost productivity a year due to alcohol, at 2009/10 costs.
  • 14 – 20 Million working days lost each year from alcohol related absence
  • 60% of workplace deaths linked to alcohol, as are 40% of accidents

It is without doubt, that the cost to employers for issues occurring due to drug or alcohol misuse in the workplace can be significant – Lost productivity, sickness absence, dismissal and recruitment, health and safety breaches, accidents and damage to customer, team relationships and business reputation to name but a few.

As an employer ourselves, Step One Recovery understand that investment in key staff can be significant over a period of time and the loss of any staff due to drug or alcohol use can bring about its own issues for the business. What prudent business owner wishes to see their company’s investment lost though the dismissal or absence of a key staff member, only to start that investment all over again?

It is a difficult topic to navigate for any employer. Challenged with doing the right thing by the business; whilst at the same time trying to honour your duty of care and employment commitments (legally and morally) as an employer to the affected staff member; most good employers find themselves wrestling with a complex dilemma.

Whilst private treatment may seem an expensive investment for most employers; the balance of “doing nothing” or simply dismissing an individual could be far greater in cost. With the average investment in key staff recruitment estimated in the region of £30,000 per individual and the ongoing training and development investment and the resulting business return by far exceeding this figure; then surely treatment and rehabilitation costs are maybe a wise investment.

At Step One Recovery, we already work with a range of UK and International Employers, including the armed forces, committed to supporting their key staff tackle their issues of drug and alcohol addiction; whilst safeguarding their investment. Our treatment centres are uniquely designed to enable employees to engage fully with their treatment programme, whilst at the same time, maximise digital technology to stay engaged in their work.

Step One Recovery provides packages of treatment suitable for funding from most occupational health insurance schemes in the UK and Abroad, working alongside the employer and employee to create the perfect solution.

Our Admissions Team work closely with Human Resource Departments, Occupational Health Services or directly with business owners and line managers every year. Securing a place for your employee is both easy and discreet; ensuring your staff member and your business maintain your anonymity and safeguard your reputation.

If you are concerned about a member of your business, would like to understand more about our services or simply need some advice and guidance to help you manage the situation, then call our admissions team today.