If you or your company have an employee or colleague that is struggling with addiction, this can impact not only their work and private life, but also those working with them.

CATCH Recovery offers bespoke packages for employers, from assessment consultations, report writing to therapy sessions, online or in-person.

Addiction in the Workplace

According to the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), employed people are more likely to engage in excessive drinking than are unemployed. Such behaviour patterns don’t just affect performance, but have wide-reaching consequences impacting health and social well-being. It is not just the person struggling with addictive behaviours that is suffering from these consequences, but colleagues at work as well as friends and family at home.

Ultimately, problem drinking should be viewed as a health issue primarily, instead of looking at it from a disciplinary perspective. CATCH is offering help and support as well as resources to address all aspects of addictive behaviours.

Signs & Symptoms of Addiction at Work

Excessive drinking can lead to social, psychological and medical problems. Below is a non-comprehensive list of signs that might indicate that an employee might be struggling with addiction:

  • Intoxication at work
  • Drinking during working hours
  • Increasing number of sick days
  • Unruly behaviour
  • Inappropriate conduct at work
  • Declining work performance
  • Deterioration of skills
  • Increasing interpersonal difficulties
  • Increased risk or above of alcohol-related harm

Such signs of an underlying or growing problem should not be disregarded, as such behaviour might eventually culminate in dependence. Early action is essential.

What to Do if an Employee Has an Addiction?

As a first step, it might be a good idea to involve your HR department and speak to your employee about their well-being and conduct in line with your corporate policy.

If you have concerns about possible legal consequences of an employee’s performance and behaviour at work, consult with your HR and legal departments on what to do next. This is especially important where the work in question is particularly sensitive and where there may be a risk to others.

Our admissions team is happy to connect with your relevant departments to discuss different treatment options directly and offer professional advice on next steps.

Addiction Treatment at CATCH Recovery

Psychiatric & Therapeutic Assessments

If you or a representative of your company calls CATCH, we will be asking you screening questions in order to establish what service will best meet your employee’s needs. If you are unsure, the best option might be to opt for an addiction assessment with one of our trained therapists. This in-depth review of substance-use and medical history determines the most appropriate level of care to meet their needs. This assessment will typically require your employee to come into our therapy space and take around 90 minutes. The results and treatment recommendations will be discussed in a follow-up session including the therapist, the employee as well as a representative of your company.

If your employee has additional mental health needs, a 60-minute psychiatric assessment is also available upon request.

Addiction Interventions

CATCH can facilitate an intervention for an employee that is not receptive to suggestions to seek help. In this case, a dedicated interventionist will brief the team at work and any other close contacts, such as family members. Together, they will work on setting boundaries and agreeing on an ideal outcome for the intervention, which can be for instance residential treatment or an intensive outpatient programme.

Therapy for Addiction

CATCH offers one-on-one therapy, in person as well as online with professionals specialised in all types of addiction and related disorders. If you are unsure whether this service is right for your situation, then you can speak to a member of our team who will happily advise you on the best way forward.

Official Reports

As an add-on, CATCH Recovery offers the possibility to include an official report of the consultation session. All of our therapists are highly trained professionals registered with relevant official bodies and experienced in a wide range of different specialisations. Upon request, CATCH can provide your HR and legal departments with all relevant certificates and documents for your records.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Our admissions team will be able to offer you individualised professional advice relevant to your specific situation. Please speak to a member of our team directly for bespoke quotations and treatment packages.