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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery as "a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential." To us, that sounds like the ideal employee! Breaking down stigma starts with education!
Designated workplaces will receive a Toolkit for Employers for quick reference and information sharing. Recovery resources can be difficult to navigate; this initiative also offers a Recovery Friendly Advocate (Wilkes Recovery Revolution) to offer training, support, crisis intervention, and resource navigation through certified professionals.
The estimated annual economic impact of substance use across the United States is $442 billion according to the Surgeon General. Through increased health, wellness, and productivity, fewer missed days of work, and higher rates of retention, employees in recovery can save an employer around $8,500 per year (Shatterproof).