EMPLOYMENT AND ADDICTION
Addiction is extremely costly on an individual and societal level. Investing in programs that educate people, treat addicts, prevent the spread of drugs, and help recovering addicts reintegrate into society are all programs whose benefits far outweigh their costs.
A new study found strong evidence of a connection between alcohol addiction and a shocking number of missed workdays in the United States. These findings suggest a need for an increased focus on treating alcohol addiction, given that the crisis is both a medical problem and an economic one.
In August of this year, my life was spiraling out of control. I realized that if I continued to live the way I was living, I would soon lose everything I had worked so hard to obtain. My wife, my children, my career and my health were all at risk, and it was time that I “got up from the floor” and fought back.
One common belief about drug addiction is that such addictions only occur in people who are unemployed, impoverished, or already beset with a serious life crisis. Contrary to that notion, anyone can struggle with addiction, including business professionals and finance experts.
Substance abuse negatively affects every American industry through critical harms like: Lost productivity. Workplace accidents. Injuries. Missed work. Excessive sick days. Low morale. Interpersonal conflicts. Increased illness.
Is there a connection between cannabis use and unemployment?