Why Companies Introduce Drug & Alcohol Use Policies?
A survey carried out in 2001 by CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) found:
- 60% of the organisations they had surveyed had a Drink and Drugs Policy
- 10% had policies on use outside of work
- Counselling has been identified as the most effective intervention when dealing with an employee who had drug or alcohol problems with disciplinary action as the least effective
Many employers are now using supportive methods to tackle drugs misuse and alcohol misuse in the workplace. Due to the common overlaps between substance misuse with other physical conditions and mental ill health, organisations tend to favour to treat drug or alcohol misuse and dependence as an illness.
Their policies are aimed at getting specialist treatment to support their employees which is recommended as good practice as it encourages employees to seek help early on.