In the construction industry, alcohol and substance abuse are major issues. The physical nature of construction work can even lead to abuse of prescription medications, namely opioids.
In 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 16.5% of construction industry workers reported heavy alcohol use, and 14.3% reported substance abuse.
What can construction owners and managers do?
- Create an open environment where employees feel comfortable discussing health issues and help reduce the stigma around substance abuse.
- Support employees who are struggling by helping them access addiction rehabilitation services.
- Assist your employees who are recovering from drug and alcohol problems.
Check out the following links for more information and resources on substance abuse and the construction industry:
- National Crisis: Opioid Abuse in the Construction Industry
- Construction Workers and Addiction
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Hidden Toll on the Construction Industry
- Work Stops at Construction Sites as Industry Calls Attention to Drug Addiction Among Its Workers
About National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is observed every September. National Recovery Month aims to promote and support new treatment and recovery practices, build a strong recovery community, and support service providers and community members who make recovery in all its forms possible.