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Connecticut’s 5 Principles

Substance use disorder (SUD) has been studied by state experts, who have arrived at 5 principles that should be understood by every participating employer. Read More >>

Assess Current Practices

Becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace starts with assessment – a close, careful look at where you stand right now. Substance use disorder (SUD) affects the health and safety of each person on the job. That’s why it needs to be understood in the context of what practices are currently in place Read More >>

Different Paths Forward

Depending on the resources you have in place, an employee with substance use disorder (SUD) may have different choices regarding how to proceed. There is no single road to recovery. Once an employee has acknowledged that a substance use disorder (SUD) exists, it’s important to be flexible and pragmatic as he or she enters recovery. […]

Handling SUD in the workplace

Know the signs of substance use disorder – and learn how to have a conversation with an employee you believe is struggling with it. 80% of Human Resources (HR) decision-makers believe that substance use disorder impacts their employees – yet only 25% feel prepared to respond appropriately (National Safety Council). That means 55% of HR […]

Economic & Human Impacts

Looking at all sides of the issue. The costs of substance use disorder (SUD) are financial, social, and personal. But so are the benefits of handling it constructively. The National Safety Council has developed a Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers. To use the calculator, click here. Read More >>


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When you decide to become a Recovery Friendly Workplace, you’re not alone. There are many state and local resources to turn to for help. You can initiate contact with any of the organizations listed in this section to start a dialogue about how to make your Recovery Friendly Workplace function.