Functional Alcoholism at Work

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Is There a Problem with Functioning Alcoholics at Work?

There are a number of dangers associated with employee alcohol and drug addiction problems.

The affected employee’s productivity and quality of work will be affected.

In addition, one employee’s behaviour may have implications for the productivity and emotional well-being of the entire workplace.

It can cause disagreements between colleagues if the person suffering from addiction problems becomes argumentative or complacent in their responsibilities.

If working in a safety-sensitive environment, it is imperative that the employee is not under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Most employers have policies prohibiting alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace.

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What Can Employers Do About Functional Alcoholism in the Workplace?

An employer’s actions regarding employee alcoholism or drug addiction in the workplace should be informed by their policies on drug and alcohol use.

Any actions taken regarding a particular employee should be kept strictly confidential from the rest of the office.

In cases of suspected employee addiction, employers should liaise with the human resources department to handle it with the utmost sensitivity.

The case should be dealt with confidentially, without being discussed with other employees of the company.

For more guidance on how to handle these cases, the Health and Safety Executive has published a guide for employers about employee drug addiction in the workplace.

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Support for Employers: How Smarmore Castle Helps Employers

Smarmore Castle offers support to employers on how to handle drug and alcohol addiction in the workplace.

This ranges from specialist advice on how to provide support to an employee, to help staging an intervention, and subsequent diagnosis of the problem and referral to our residential, rehab programme.

Our programme incorporates a medically supervised detox, as well as an intensive programme of therapy.

Studies of patient outcomes have demonstrated that our clinical model is a highly effective way to treat alcohol and drug addiction.

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  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. A person must be ready to commit to treatment if they want to get the most out of the programme. However, there are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter rehab, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the individual. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We offer detox from any drug, whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    Yes. All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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