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What is a Therapeutic Workplace Environment?

What is a Therapeutic Workplace Environment?

Adults with histories of addiction often have difficulty transitioning into the workforce due to their own personal anxieties, lack of skills or connections, employer concerns, and more. However many people who are seeking to get back into the workplace have been working diligently on their mental, physical, and spiritual health – they just need people who can believe in them. If you are an employer, consider providing support for both yourself and your new employee – this could help facilitate a smooth transition for them from treatment to work, and you may feel more comfortable and confident in this as well.

While many jobs keep a person’s private and work life separated, a Therapeutic Workplace environment promotes openness and respect – with the employer providing additional support through an individual’s journey to recovery. The Scientific American states that this technique involves frequent drug tests, unlimited “second chances”, and cash bonuses to individuals who stay on track in their sobriety. Just how effective is this intervention?

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment involved the assessment of long-term effects of the Therapeutic Workplace environment. Forty women in methadone treatment were randomly assigned either Therapeutic Workplace or usual controls; employees with Therapeutic Workplace were required to provide drug-free urine samples to work and maintain their maximum pay. A total of 8 years in progress were recorded, and researchers found that those in the Therapeutic Workplace intervention provided significantly more cocaine and opioid-negative urine samples, reported more days employed, received higher employment income, and spent less money on drugs than individuals in the regular controls group.

With a Therapeutic Workplace environment, employees initiate abstinence in training, beginning this phase in the workplace. With this model, employers provide a valuable form of support in which individuals can turn to for additional resources while navigating their journey to recovery. Furthermore, those in recovery from addiction may be more strongly motivated to maintain abstinence if provided the opportunity to work and earn wages while under the supervision of their employer and treatment center.

If you’re an employer and you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about implementing a Therapeutic Workplace environment. By providing additional support, you are helping someone get back on track while ensuring that you are prepared as well. If you are an individual struggling with addiction, speak with someone from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about treatment programs that can meet your needs. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

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