6 Ways to Get Your Co-Worker Help for Addiction

4. April 2016

Over 30 million Americans are struggling with addiction or alcoholism. Most of these people are functioning members of society that have families and work full-time jobs. Statistically speaking 1 out of 10 people struggle with addiction, so chances are someone you work with is an addict. If you know a co-worker is struggling with addiction it would be a good idea to have an executive intervention on that person.

An executive intervention is a bit different than a normal intervention. An executive intervention is done for companies that have high-performing, executive-level employees who are suffering from addiction or alcoholism. The process is different from traditional intervention because it involves colleagues as well as loved ones. It is often geared more toward their professional lives than their personal lives. An executive intervention is usually started by a co-worker or the employer. If you believe a co-worker is struggling here are 6 ways you can help your co-worker get help for their addiction.

Approach Them With Your Concerns

I suggest against this unless you are fairly close with the person. If you have a good personal relationship built with your co-worker then you should approach them after work hours. Express your concerns to this person and explain how their actions have began to affect them professionally. Let them know that you have seen a change in them at the workplace and others are starting to notice as well.

Speak With the Higher Ups

If you are not close with the person who you believe is struggling don’t hesitate to speak with your supervisors. If you don’t say anything you are putting yourself and all your other co-workers at risk. If this person is driving to work impaired they are putting lives in danger. By saying something you are placing the responsibility in your boss’s hands, hopefully they will schedule an executive intervention to take place.

Be Supportive

Obviously, you shouldn’t support their addiction or alcoholism. Once that person admits that there is an issue and they agree to get help, you need to support their decision for a better life. Once they get back from rehab you don’t want to treat them like the black sheep of the workplace. Addiction and alcoholism shouldn’t carry a stigma with it, by treating someone differently due to their addiction you can make it harder for that person to achieve long term sobriety.

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Take Part in the Intervention

Once again this is only suggested if you have a decent relationship with the person. An executive intervention will usually have both coworkers and family members present. If you have a good relationship with this person your presence can make a big difference. It shows that you care about them and want them to get the help. By having people there that aren’t close family members will help show that person the severity of their addiction/alcoholism.

Welcome them Back

If an executive intervention has already taken place and that person decided to get help, you want to be supportive for them when they return. Be the same co-worker/friend you were before they left. Invite them out to dinner if a few people are going. Make small talk and let them know you are happy to have them back. Inform them that you are there for them if they need someone to talk to or help getting to a support group.

Research Some Rehabs

There are 1,000’s of rehabs out there, some specialize in certain addictions. Others are dual diagnosis  and can help with underlying issues like depression, anxiety and PTSD. If you know what your coworker is struggling with, do some research and find a rehab center that will be a good match for them. When the executive intervention takes place you want to have a few centers from them to choose from. This will help them get into a program that is built around their specific needs, it will also help them get in faster.

Is a Co-Worker Struggling?

Is a co-worker is struggling and could benefit from an executive intervention then reach out to us today. Contact Intervention Services now at 1-877-478-4621 to start the process of recovery. You don’t need to wait for things to get worse. An intervention can stop the pain and the chaos and. Bring peace of mind to you and your family, there is no charge to speak with one of our representatives, call today.