A recovery-supportive workplace is a workplace whose culture and operations reflect an understanding of substance use disorder (also referred to as addiction) and works to motivate and support employees in recovery while protecting the company and its other employees.
Through scientific advancements like brain imaging technology, we now know that substance use disorder is a brain disease that is preventable and treatable – similar to other behavior-related, chronic diseases like heart disease and Type II diabetes. The key difference is that this disorder is surrounded by stigma. Reducing or eliminating this stigma takes exposure to education, research, and dialogue.
Here are some resources to get you started as you commit to learning more about SUD and recovery-supportive workplaces: