Introducing: Businesses HIRE (Helping In Recovery Efforts) to Support Individuals in Recovery

May 10th, 2018 - According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 9.5% of employees between the ages and 18 and 64 experienced or were at-risk of developing a substance use disorder in the past year.

“The numbers are staggering.” Says Phillip Ginter, HealthlinkNY Regional Director of Community Initiatives. “Nearly 10% of the workforce in the past year either developed or was at-risk for developing a substance use disorder.”

In response to the prevalence of substance use among individuals in the workforce, HealthlinkNY is launching a new initiative to provide employers with the tools and resources they need to support employees who may be struggling with substance use.  Businesses HIRE (Helping In Recovery Efforts) seeks to engage local employers who want to play an active role in addressing substance use locally.

The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.”  Ginter believes businesses can play a vital role in the recovery process and hopes local employers will see this initiative as mutually beneficial for them and their employees.

A kick-off meeting was held Wednesday, May 9th at the Owego Treadway in Owego, NY.  The event included a panel discussion on substance use and the workplace covering topics from the perspective of employers, employees, and treatment professionals.  The event also included a presentation on the legal issues surrounding substance use and the workplace including drug-testing and drug-free workplace policies.  Employers with questions can contact Phillip Ginter at (607) 651-9150 or via e-mail at pginter@healthlinkny.com.

The Southern Tier Regional Addiction Resource Center, a project of the HealthlinkNY Community Network, is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to bring people together from across the Southern Tier to share ideas and resources to address substance use and addiction.

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