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Manager of people? This is not a Must-Read, it is essential. Understanding addiction in work.

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

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Show your people you really care. At least 1 member of your team will have been affected by addiction.

Understanding Addiction in the Workplace: A Must-Read Guide for Managers


As managers, it is crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of addiction and its impact in the workplace. In this must-read guide, we will start to explore the complexities of addiction, its effects on employees, and provide practical insights for managers to create a supportive work environment. By understanding the basics of addiction in the workplace, managers can effectively support their employees and foster a culture of compassion and recovery. The content below will give you some pointers. Take the best bits and do your very best to understand your responsibility ✨️ ASAP. As addiction affects anyone, this article is relevant to a global audience. Having lived around the world, it will require localising for where your employees are based #volunteers

1. Understanding Addiction in the Workplace:

a. Defining addiction: Gain a clear understanding of addiction and its implications within the workplace setting.

b. Recognizing signs of addiction: Learn how to identify behavioural and performance changes that may indicate an employee's struggle with addiction.

2. The Impact of Addiction on Employees and the Workplace:

a. Decreased productivity and absenteeism: Understand how addiction can lead to reduced productivity and increased absenteeism, affecting the overall performance of the organisation.

b. Workplace dynamics and morale: Explore the potential disruptions caused by addiction within a team and its impact on employee morale and collaboration.

3. Creating a Supportive Work Environment:

a. Cultivating empathy: Discover strategies to foster empathy and understanding among managers and colleagues, creating a supportive workplace culture.

b. Establishing clear policies and guidelines: Develop comprehensive policies that address addiction-related issues while ensuring confidentiality, non-discrimination, and access to resources.

4. Effective Communication Strategies:

a. Open and non-judgmental dialogue: Learn how to engage in open and non-judgmental conversations with employees affected by addiction, providing them with a safe space to seek support.

b. Active listening: Master the skill of active listening to better understand employees' concerns, experiences, and needs.

5. Providing Resources and Referrals:

a. Internal resources: Identify and promote internal resources such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and wellness initiatives to support employees in their recovery.

b. External support: Familiarise yourself with external resources, including addiction treatment centres, counselling services, and support groups, to refer employees in need of professional assistance. 😆 Many of you probably won't know that the Alcoholics Anonymous big book, and its advice and guidance was written in 1939 😆

6. Balancing Support and Accountability:

a. Setting boundaries: Learn how to establish appropriate boundaries that support employees while maintaining accountability within the workplace.

b. Rehabilitation and reintegration: Discover strategies to facilitate a successful transition for employees returning to work after seeking treatment, ensuring ongoing support and recovery.


Wherever you are in the world, by understanding addiction in the workplace and implementing supportive strategies, managers can create an environment that promotes understanding, compassion, and recovery. A good understanding of addiction allows managers to provide the necessary support, resources, and policies to help employees overcome addiction-related challenges.

At Dry Holidays, we are passionate about supporting individuals and their loved ones who have been affected by addiction. Our platform serves as an online community for anyone seeking a positive approach to travel and going on holiday in recovery. We recognize that addiction's trauma extends beyond the individual struggling with addiction and affects those closest to them, which can also include friends & colleagues in the workplace

Through our platform, we aim to create a space where individuals can connect, share their experiences, and find inspiration for a fulfilling life in recovery.

We encourage managers to explore our website to learn more about our mission and the resources we provide, often covering the topics above.

Together, we can build workplaces that prioritise the well-being and success of all employees, supporting them on their journey to recovery and a brighter future.



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James Roberts - Sober since June 20 2020

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3 years sober on 20 June 2023 (very soon) !

High Functioning alcoholic from 1994 - 2020

Attended live in rehab 4 weeks June 2020

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