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Creating a Recovery Friendly Workplace

Once you’ve decided to become a Recovery Friendly Workplace, these are the action steps you need to take. The toolkit will show you your options in terms of process, philosophy, and actual, on-the-job practices. The Resources section of the toolkit will connect you with state and local organizations who can provide support – and sample […]

Substance Use Disorder: Impact in the workplace

The costs of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) There is no question that supporting recovery from SUD is good for business, whereas businesses that allow SUD in the workplace to go untreated will continue to lose money, time, productivity, and employee morale. Therefore, supporting recovery in the workplace is the wise, humane, healthy, and cost-effective course […]


Substance use disorder (SUD) and a Recovery Friendly Workplace have their own vocabulary. This section will help you understand some of the terms. Read More >>


The decision to become a Recovery Friendly Workplace leads to many questions about human resources policies and legalities. Read More >>

The Power of a Positive Workplace

Employees value workplace well-being at an even higher level than other benefits. When employers demonstrate concern for employees, employees respond positively. When a company has a positive culture – in which recovery practices are embraced – it can achieve better financial performance, customer satisfaction, productivity, and employee engagement. Read More >>

Fighting the Stigma of SUD

The stigma surrounding substance use disorder (SUD) can make matters worse. Being a Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) means reducing negative judgments and perceptions about workers experiencing or in recovery from SUD. Research has proven that positive organizational psychology has significant benefits for employers, employees, and all stakeholders. Read More >>

Levels of Substance Use Disorder

The severity of substance use varies from experimentation to addiction. Drug addiction literally changes the way the brain functions. That’s why organizations such as the American Medical Association recognize it as a disease. Read More >>

Understanding Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

SUD is a pervasive medical condition that changes normal desires and priorities. There are many causes, factors, and impacts – but it is treatable. The National Survey on Drug Use & Health (2018) reports that more than 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by SUD. Many of them go to work each day. […]

About Recovery Friendly Workplace

A new way of looking at – and responding to – substance misuse in the workplace. Today, there’s a shift occurring in how employers handle substance use disorder (SUD). We are moving from a “zero-tolerance” mentality that emphasizes disciplinary action to a “recovery” policy environment that emphasizes help, hope, and the economic potential of healthy […]


When substance use affects the health of your organization, there’s a new direction in how to handle it. It’s called the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative – and it can take your business to better morale, better bottom-line performance, and happier, healthier, loyal, long-term employees. Being a Recovery Friendly Workplace is good economic policy. It’s also […]