The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Facing Addiction with NCADD is proud to join Governor Sununu’s leading effort for The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative as the Official National Non-Profit Partner. We look forward to encouraging Governors around the country to participate in this critical effort.
With the right training and resources, workplaces can prevent substance misuse and support their employees’ recovery. Recovery Friendly Workplaces:
- Demonstrate a commitment to creating a recovery friendly environment
- Promote a culture that challenges the stereotypes associated with substance use disorder
- Enhance workplace safety while improving productivity and profitability by addressing behavioral health issues “head-on”
Recovery Friendly Workplaces support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to hire and work intentionally with people in recovery. Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.
What a Recovery Friendly Workplace Looks Like:
Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFW’s) support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to hire and work intentionally with people in recovery. Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.
- To strengthen workplace culture, Recovery Friendly Advisors will support interested companies in finding evidence-based practices to meet their individualized needs. Recovery Friendly Advisors (RFA’s) are trained with the best practice implementation that will help you develop and sustain the Recovery Friendly Initiative in your workplace. They are your Friendly Recovery Friendly Workplace partners; there is no charge for their services.
- Using the best science available, RFA’s will provide health and safety training to supervisors to address addiction and behavioral health problems in the workplace
- RFW’s provide their employees with an annual review of the company’s substance use policy
- RFA’s will consult with employers to plan trainings related to addiction and behavioral health tailored to the company’s specific needs
- It is proven that companies who implement evidence-based health and safety programming retain a healthier, more productive, and more motivated workforce
- Evidence suggests a causal relationship between employee retention and business profitability
- By creating a recovery friendly environment, employers send a strong message to communities that they understand the importance of a solution-focused approach by addressing addiction and behavioral health ‘head on’
- RFA’s will assist businesses with participating in public awareness and education events in their communities. These events build loyalty between the recovery community and their allies and the designated recovery friendly business
The Recovery Friendly Symbol
The Recovery Friendly symbol signifies a workplace and a community that thinks intelligently about substance misuse and mental health problems. These workplaces and businesses are addressing substance use disorder head-on by providing employees and community members with valuable health information and promoting a Recovery Friendly environment.
- Amethyst represents addiction recovery
- The desire of survivors to move forward
- Together we have a higher chance of recovering from addiction
- The ribbon of a worthy cause
- Offering cover and protection
- Concern for and kindness to others