The Relationship Between Addiction and Job Problems

Each year, drug and alcohol addiction costs American businesses and organizations about $81 billion in lost profits. While some may picture an addict as someone who has no home, job, or friends, that is simply not the case for most addicts. In fact, over 70% of people with a substance abuse disorder are employed. However, maintaining employment does not mean addicts are high performers at work: 42% of people with an addiction who have a job report a decrease in productivity due to their addiction. This lost productivity costs employers an estimated $25.5 billion each year. Lost revenue is not the only issue because of an addicted workforce. The list of job problems caused by addiction is long and have a negative impact on everyone involved.


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