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Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative

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By becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace, you are supporting your employees and creating a healthier environment for them. Your commitment shows customers and community members that your business is a proactive, valued community partner. Workplaces that implement evidence-based health and safety policies and programs recruit and retain a healthier, more productive, and more motivated workforce.

Benefits for participating workplaces include:

Trainings on how to create and support a Recovery Friendly Workplace culture for all employees

Partnership with a Recovery Friendly Advisor to meet customized business needs related to Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Connection to an array of prevention, treatment, and recovery support resources for employees and their families

Outcomes for participating workplaces may include:

Increased productivity
Healthier employees
Less absenteeism/turnover
Greater employee satisfaction
More community connection
Increased customer loyalty
A more supportive culture
Increased morale
Improved communication

Provide employees with information and resources to promote health, well-being and recovery for themselves and their family members
Ensure supervisors receive education on existing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies (ATOD) upon hiring and on an annual basis thereafter.
Ensure supervisors and employees receive annual training and education on substance misuse, behavioral health and addiction.
Complete and submit the Recovery Friendly Workplace checklist and application with assistance from your Recovery Friendly Advisor.

For more information on how to become a Recovery Friendly Workplace please contact:

Barbara Ann Heegan, MBA, President & CEO of Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce

386-761-1601 or bheegan@pschamber.com

Karen Chrapek, RRT, CRPS, Executive Director of Volusia Recovery Alliance, Inc.

386-846-6061 or kchrapek@volusiarecoveryalliance.org

Help Save Lives! Over 96,700 people die from drug overdoses in a year. Opioids are a factor in 7 out of every 10 overdose deaths. Drug overdoses have killed almost a million people since 1999, according to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics.

Employers and business owners play a vital role in a person’s recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). When people are gainfully employed, they are given a sense of structure, community, and purpose – all things that are necessary to a person’s recovery. A job also provides a person with a stable income and access to health benefits, which are necessary for a person to sustain their recovery. We have employers looking for employees locally every day to fill their open positions. Wellness and recovery are holistic, and through a Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative, employers and business owners have an opportunity to innovatively address substance misuse and recovery in the workplace and make a measurable impact in the lives of workers here locally in the communities our Chamber serves.

Download the full Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative Resource Guide 2024.

 

The Benefits of being a Recovery-Friendly Workplace include the following:

 

IT’S COST-EFFECTIVE

The economic impact of untreated substance use is enormous. Becoming a Recovery-Friendly Workplace (RFW) benefits businesses with outcomes like reduced employee absenteeism, a healthier work environment, increased productivity, improved workplace safety, and lower healthcare costs.

 

SHOW CUSTOMERS YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR EMPLOYEES

You can be a leader in the workforce by addressing this public health crisis. As an employer, you can commit to reducing the stigma often associated with substance use and recovery.

 

SUBSTANCE USE, ADDICTION, AND RECOVERY ARE VERY COMMON IN THE WORKPLACE

Most people with an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) – nearly 75% of American adults – are in the workforce. Many times, people develop SUD after a workplace injury. And most people use substances in some way whether it be nicotine, prescriptions, or poisoned illicit drugs.

 

YOU CAN CREATE A MORE POSITIVE AND HEALTHY WORKPLACE

Employees prefer workplace well-being to material benefits. Also, a supportive workplace culture is very important to folks. Perks like wellness incentives, telehealth, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), flexible work schedules, and ‘working from anywhere’ are much more important today than in generations past.

 

SIMPLY PUT – RECOVERY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

A recovery-informed culture will increase employee morale, decrease employee turnover, and decrease healthcare and human resources costs, among SO many other benefits. A third of American households have been touched by addiction, which in turn affects the workplace.

 

 

Community Providers for Substance Use Disorder

 

Stewart Marchman Act (SMA)

1-800-539-4228  smahealthcare.org

 

Volusia Recovery Alliance (VRA)

386-777-PEER   volusiarecoveryalliance.org

 

Community Care Network

386-255-5569   outreachinc.org

 

Outpatient Treatment

 

Break the Cycle – Daytona Beach and Bunnell Area

BreakTheCycle12.com

(386) 307-4419

 

Oasis Treatment Center – New Smyrna, Port Orange, Daytona Beach

oasistreatmentcenter.org

(386) 341-1303

 

Hearthstone - Daytona Beach

hearthstonefoundation.org

(386) 238-1348

 

Shoreline Behavioral Health Services

shorelinebhs.org

(843) 365-8884

 

*For a list of men’s and women’s recovery houses visit volusiarecoveryalliance.org

 

Support Groups

Narcotics Anonymous

daytonana.org

(844) 344-3155

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

aadaytona.org

(386) 756-2930

 

Celebrate Recovery – New Smyrna Beach

firstpresbyteriannsb.com

(386) 428-2397

 

Salty Church Life Recovery Program - Ormond Beach

salty.org

(386) 615-9180

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