In April, the Biden administration released its National Drug Control Strategy as a comprehensive outline  to address the current opioid crisis. In response to the harrowing number of overdose deaths in 2021  (≈106,000 lives), the 127-page document prioritizes actions that will save lives and get people the care  they need.  

The Strategy defines the four major dimensions of recovery as home, health, purpose, and community. Thus, recovery is measured by recovery capital—the resources that individuals develop and rely on to sustain and enhance their lives in recovery. Examples of recovery capital include internal resources such  as coping skills, resilience, and perseverance as well as external assets such as family, a supportive  community, and employment or meaningful work. 

A major focus of the Strategy is creating Recovery-Ready Workplaces, characterized by effective  policies and procedures that: 

  • Expand employment opportunities for people in or seeking recovery 
  • Encourage and facilitate help-seeking among employees with substance use disorder Streamline access to essential services including treatment and recovery support  Inform employees in recovery about their rights to reasonable accommodations and  other protections to help keep their jobs 

Recovery-ready workplaces can be instrumental to employers, employees, and the broader public in  reducing turnover, enhancing productivity, reducing health care costs, expanding the workforce, and  promoting overall well-being and recovery.  

Employers can be at the forefront of combating stigma and misunderstanding by fostering a  conscientious and compassionate culture that recognizes SUD as a health condition and welcomes and  supports individuals in or seeking recovery. 

Is your workplace Recovery-Ready? Lead the way!