Embracing Unity: The Benefits of Being a Recovery-Friendly Workspace

In a world that is constantly evolving, workplaces are redefining their cultures to create environments that support employee wellbeing and inclusivity.


One of the emerging trends is the establishment of recovery-friendly workspaces: places where individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorders find solace, understanding and encouragement. Unity Recovery Services takes pride in leading the charge towards a more compassionate and supportive work environment.


In this blog post, we’ll explore the numerous benefits of being a recovery-friendly workspace and how, as an employer, you can take steps to become more recovery-friendly.


What is a Recovery-friendly workspace?

As defined by the Department of Labor (DOL), “recovery-friendly workplaces are characterized by the adoption of policies and practices that:

  • Expand employment opportunities for people in or seeking recovery;
  • Inform employees in recovery that they may have the right to reasonable accommodations and other protections that can help them keep their jobs;
  • Reduce the risk of substance use and substance use disorder, including through education and steps to prevent injury in the workplace;
  • Facilitate help-seeking among employees with substance use disorder;
    and ensure access to needed services, including treatment, recovery support, and mutual aid.”

Supporting individuals in or seeking recovery requires a “whole-of-society” approach. This means that the private sector, public sector, health care sector, community organizations and families all have a role to play. There are a number of policies and programs in place to support employment for individuals in recovery, though more can be done to support awareness, implementation, and evaluation – and this is where partnering with your local recovery services organization can be a huge benefit to employers.


Benefits of Creating a Recovery-friendly workspace?

When employees feel that they are valued and that their contributions are recognized, they are more likely to be engaged with their work. As a result, these employees become more productive and motivated.


Other benefits of creating a recovery-friendly workplace, including:

  • Improved employee wellness
  • Increased employee retention
  • Improved employee performance
  • Demonstration of corporate social responsibility
  • Improved access to talent

What Steps Can Employers Take to Be More Recovery-Friendly

In addition, there are a number of other ways that employers can take steps to build and maintain a recovery-friendly workplace:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of substance use disorder (SUDs);
  • When hiring, if the interviewee reveals a history of SUD and/or that they are in recovery, recognize that no differently than disclosure of other medical conditions;
  • Have wellness programs that promote and support employee health, work/life balance and wellbeing;
  • Prevent malicious gossip;
  • Do not provide alcohol at work events, or provide a variety of non-alcoholic options;
  • and Encourage healthy after-hour activities in addition to or instead of happy hour.

Unity Recovery Services is here to support

Gain more insight about recovery-friendly workplaces in our video below.


“From not being capable of holding a job, to being clean and sober and having that pride and to see them grow and watch them shine and find a place in this world is so rewarding,” stated Mary D of Unity Recovery Services.


If you are looking for more information on creating a recovery-friendly workplace, please reach out to our team at [email protected].

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