How to Treat Employees Who Have Just Returned from Rehab

Many corporations use employee assistance programs in order to reduce costs which result from irresponsible work behavior. Whether or not your employees are involved in an assistance program, they may require drug or alcohol rehabilitation in order to maintain their professional careers. When they return to work, or even during the rehabilitation, you must be careful to watch your own behavior. Why is this important?

Depending upon their drug of choice, your employee may have been involved with depressants or stimulants. Depressants bring on a calming, quieting force and stimulants elicit high energy and agitation.

According to a study on clinical depression among narcotics, [1] depression is most often brought about by poor community involvement. In addition to this, the individuals were less able to maintain the social interaction which they possessed in the first place. Helping your employees to become an accepted, interactive member of the workforce community helps them to experience less stress when interacting with others and less isolation.

Logically, one might think that employees who use stimulants experience opposite results and must be treated differently. However, this is not the case. Employees who abuse stimulants are reacting to depression which already exists in their lives. The stimulant effect can even increase productivity, giving the individual a false sense of accomplishment if their energy is high. A study of the stimulating effects of cocaine discusses how damaging it can be to normal, healthy interactions with others. [2] Side effects of using stimulants are typically anxiety and paranoia, two factors which would quickly destroy intimate and trusting bonds between family members, friends and coworkers.

Assist your employees during their time of need by practicing the following guidelines: First, always be sincere in your efforts. False displays of concern or affection will be obvious and will only lower their self esteem. Second, get them involved in plenty of group activities at work, where they can get used to and enjoy social interactions again. Be sure to place them near people who are warm and supportive to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Finally, exercise accountability and personal responsibility in your own life, so that they have a proper model to use when they are critiqued or when they are stressed out.

Of course, you should always use appropriate, regularly-scheduled drug and alcohol testing procedures in your business. We deliver the finest in drug and alcohol testing equipment. Contact CMM Technology today: +618-9204-2500.

1. “Clinical depression among narcotic addicts maintained on methadone in the community.” The American Journal of Psychiatry. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 May 2011.

2. Majewska, Ph.D., Maria Dorota. “Neurotoxicity and Neuropathology Associated with Cocaine Abuse.” NIDA Research Monograph 163. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 May 2011.

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