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Is Addiction Holding Back Your Career?

Published on 11. 24. 2015

In today’s high-octane business environment you need to be quick and nimble to be successful. Unfortunately, you or someone you know, has an addiction.

Maybe you’re addicted to alcohol. Maybe she’s high on script meds gathered from doctor shopping. The guy next to you may be doing lines of coke in the restroom.

There is no place for drugs in the workplace. It hurts your company or employer, it hurts co-workers, it hurts you family, and it hurts you. Why?

Your addiction lowers your productivity. You can’t do as much in the same time others can because your addiction is holding you back.


Rough Night? Managers Notice.

How? The impact of a drug, alcohol, or behavior addiction affects everything you do. You aren’t at your best. And you may get passed over for a promotion because you have a hidden addiction.


Drugs in the workplace contribute to fatal accidents.

All it takes is one stoned co-worker backing up the fork lift and you’ve got a broken leg. Or worse.

You’re less likely to remember the basic rules of safety on the job when you’re stoned or buzzed, and if you operate heavy equipment, well, you could lose a finger or two because you aren’t fully focused on your job.

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace are dangerous in the management suite, as well. The famous “three-martini-lunch” is guaranteed to make you sleepy, even tipsy. One thing’s for sure: you won’t perform at peak levels after three martinis.

Substance abuse causes accidents at work, but that’s just the beginning. The problems created by substance-abusing employees does much more. So how do you know if your addiction is holding you back? Here are some signs that’ll provide much-needed answers.

You’re late for work – a lot.

You’ve partied all night and dragging your sorry self to work is hard. So you come in late, and people notice. Being late every once in a while is unavoidable. Being late every other day because of last night’s activities and you may be looking for another job – soon.

You’re absent from work more than co-workers.

Regular bouts of Monday Morning Flu are a sure indicator that your addiction is holding you back at work.

It doesn’t take a lot of absences to identify that you need help fast. You’re about to lose another job – and the rent is due.

Your addiction will probably force you from one job to another.

You ace the interview, get hired, and get down to work. Except you can’t give it your best. You’re hungover and tackling a BIG project at work is the last thing you want. Once again, management notices.

You can’t keep up with co-workers doing the same job.

The people who have the same job you have form the barometer that measures your performance.

If your clean and sober friend produces twice what you do, who’s going to keep a job when cutbacks kick in? Not you. You have an addiction.

You’ve been hurt on the job.

A lot of addicted people experience workplace accidents, costing businesses money. If you’re an accident waiting to happen because you’re buzzed at work, you won’t keep that job very long, either.

You have difficulty remembering directions.

A sure sign that your substance abuse is affecting your workplace performance.

Whether you’ve just noticed the impact of substance abuse on your work, or you’ve been hiding that secret for a long time, get help now.

At Hawaii Island Recovery (HIR), located on the beautiful Big Island, you’ll discover coping skills that’ll help eliminate addictive behaviors and get you moving up that ladder to success once again.

Drop us a line. The professionals at HIR customize treatments creating a unique blend of traditional and non-traditional therapies to most effectively manage your particular addiction and personality type.

It’s time to work smarter, without the use of intoxicants. That’s how you reach success at work.

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