Tips From Experts If You Think a Co-Worker Might Have a Substance Abuse Problem
If you are worried about a co-worker and think they might have a substance abuse problem there are steps you can take to help determine what to do, according to L.A. Times. It is always important to seek the advice of a professional in the field since they have the knowledge to deal with this type of situation if you suspect drug abuse.
Experts say there are many signs to watch for and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides these tips as well if you are concerned about another co-worker. Be especially mindful of:
- Absences from work without prior notification
- Frequent absences from the work location or site during their scheduled hours of employment
- Variations in work performance from high to low productivity
- Progressive decline in personal hygiene and appearance
Small businesses can also be especially vulnerable if they don’t have any policies in place for substance abuse. The federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that people who cannot adhere to policies that are in place to provide a drug-free workplace will look for employment at places without one.
The American Council for Drug Education says not to be an enabler by lending money or hiding the fact that the abuser has poor performance. The agency also says you should not intervene by yourself.
The best thing to do is to get professionals involved, not only for the person but the workplace, also. Don’t delay taking action if you are the boss either, because letting things go will only isolate the employee and the problem will worsen for all.
Clive Tobutt has written a helpful book called Alcohol at Work: Managing Alcohol Problems and Issues in the Workplace that will further help explain how to manage these workplace problems.