How Employers Are Enabling Addiction | Banyan Mass

How Employers Are Enabling Addiction

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Year over year, the rate of overdose deaths in the country is growing.

From 2016 to 2017, the rate of overdose deaths increased by 9.6%, and it shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. [1] With drug and alcohol epidemics growing, many companies are now experiencing the challenges of addiction in the workplace. Addiction in the workplace costs an estimated $740 billion annually in costs associated with crime, health care, and lost productivity. [2]

Businesses are focused on helping employees find sobriety, but unfortunately, some well-meaning behaviors may actually enable addiction. Our Massachusetts drug treatment center outlines signs of enabling and how to help employees find sobriety by partnering with a corporate recovery program.

Signs of Enabling in the Workplace

Enabling is behavior that allows an addict to continue down the path of drug abuse or alcoholism. Enabling behaviors are often well-intentioned, but they can exacerbate the situation by allowing the addiction to continue. In the workplace, enabling behaviors include:

  • Making excuses. Covering for a coworker or employee who is dealing with addiction will only allow their self-destructive behavior to continue. You may think you’re helping them but covering up for their absences or poor performance will be to their detriment in the long-term.
  • Not holding employees accountable. If you are a supervisor and you fear an employee is struggling with addiction due to increasingly disappointing workplace performance, you need to follow through. If the employee receives a “free pass,” they will continue their unsatisfactory behavior and won’t recognize the need to get sober.
  • Giving employees access to drugs or alcohol. Happy hours after a long work week are not an ideal fit for employees who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction in the workplace. There are other ways to celebrate without drugs or alcohol.

Treating addiction in the workplace is the best way to help employees or coworkers find their sobriety. Our drug and alcohol rehab in Massachusetts provides corporate recovery support with industry-specific treatment programs.

Finding Industry-Specific Drug and Alcohol Treatment

A growing number of companies are taking control of their workplace by partnering with corporate recovery programs, such as our program at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts. These programs provide industry-specific treatment approaches to help employees from numerous industries find their sobriety.

If you see signs of addiction within a coworker or employee, call our facility at 888-280-4763 to learn about our corporate recovery support.


  1. CDC – Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2017
  2. NIH – Trends & Statistics
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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