March 29, 2012

Why hiring employees in recovery is good business

David Sack, M.D., says while it may seem counterintuitive to some for employers to hire individuals whose lives were once controlled by substance abuse, it’s actually the opposite. Hiring those in recovery is simply good business.

Sack explains on PsychCentral that while many in recovery have been overlooked in many fields, research shows they are often loyal and committed to an employer willing to give them a chance to help them achieve financial, social and personal stability.

Many are also usually highly motivated to work because employment means they get to have a chance to get their lives back. Not to mention research also shows they take less sick days.

Sack adds that most in recovery also take an abstinence-based approach, so there will be absolutely no partying on weekends. This means greater productivity at work. And if they have worked through the 12 Steps—or a similar program—the principles of honesty, integrity and humility are strong within them.

While Sack says he is not arguing those in recovery deserve preferential treatment in the job market—those qualified for the job should take precedence—he says they shouldn’t be stigmatized.

He adds, however, that—just when any new employee joins a company—there are risks that must be managed.

To read the entire article by David Sack, M.D., and how to manage risks, click here.

David Sack, M.D., is board certified in addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine.

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