Addiction Can Be A Major Problem In The Workplace

By Staff Writer

While workplace mental health may not seem like much of a pressing issue, experts say that the number of people who struggle with cocaine addiction and other types of drug dependence suggests that the problem will inevitably become a factor in certain offices and work sites.

Ben Harrington, director of Mental Health Association of East Tennessee, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that 21 percent of white-collar workers and 27 percent of blue-collar workers struggle with drug addiction. These people will likely bring their problems to work at some point, which could result a dangerous situation.

However, he said that there is often a stigma against people who discuss their mental health and addiction issues at work. Harrington suggested that providing more resources to employees to help them deal with matters of mental health before they become serious problems may be beneficial.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has said that businesses may be able to boost employee efficiency and increase their profit margins by offering more resources to help workers through mental health issues.