Info for Businesses
Alcohol and drug abuse cost businesses worldwide staggering amounts in terms of lost hours, productivity and profit. Alcoholism alone causes over 500 million lost workdays a year, and a survey of HR professionals worldwide cited absenteeism as one of the most significant problems they faced, and they attributed its cause largely to substance abuse. Further to this, 3 out of 4 sick days are taken due mental, not physical, illnesses which are closely tied to drug and alcohol abuse. Lastly, employees abusing substances are 5 time more likely to lodge a worker’s compensation claim, adding a further financial drain on top of lost hours and productivity.
These statistics paint a worrying picture with respect to alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace. Increased absenteeism, increased costs, falls in productivity, falls in quality, loss of revenue and most importantly increased safety risks are all major concerns for a company’s management. As well, ongoing problems with substance abuse are also going to lead to increased staff turnover, increased healthcare and insurance costs and overall poor staff morale.
So what’s the answer? Addiction is a recognised medical disorder (ASAM 2011) so it is at the very least inappropriate, and in many countries such as the US, illegal to fire an employee for an addiction problem. More importantly, in many cases you may not want to lose the employee, they may possess valuable experience, be a senior member of the team or represent a large investment in training and time. It is also abundantly clear that a company that creates a genuinely supportive workplace and endeavors to look after staff and find positive solutions will, in the long run, have a happier and more productive workforce leading to a healthier bottom line.
The Cabin has a great deal of experience and success dealing with corporate clients who send their staff to us because of our proven treatment method, guarantees of confidentiality and anonymity, acceptance by most major worldwide insurers, competitive pricing and location (it is much easier to send a staff member from Hong Kong or Singapore for treatment in Chiang Mai rather than back home to the US or UK and it guarantees greater anonymity). Our track record in the corporate sector has seen us gain a solid following of local and regional companies as well as larger multinational and global businesses. We have a dedicated sales and administration team specialising in the corporate sector so please contact us to learn more about how we can make your business more productive and profitable.