8 signs your co-workers are struggling with addiction


With roughly 23.5 million Americans addicted to drugs or alcohol, and another 22 million in recovery, substance abuse happens often happens on the job.

“It rarely goes unnoticed,” says Lawrence Weinstein, chief medical officer for American Addiction Centers. ”People just don’t know what to do.”

Here are signs a co-worker might be struggling with alcohol or drug addiction:

Falling asleep at work, or constantly appearing to be very tired
Suddenly making frequent mistakes
Frequent trips to the bathroom or break room
Extreme mood swings
Theft or disappearance of valuable pieces of company property
Missed appointments or deadlines
Difficulty concentrating or recalling details, inability to follow instructions or unusual amount of time needed to complete routine tasks
Changes in hygiene

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