What it Means

“There are 25 million Americans in recovery from addiction. People in recovery are employees and customers”

Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFW’s) support their communities by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder as a strength and by being willing to work intentionally with people in recovery.  RFW’s encourage a healthy and safe environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.

FOSTER a safe and recovery friendly environment

In order to strengthen workplace culture, Recovery Friendly Advisors (RFA’s) will support interested companies in finding evidence-based practices to meet their individualized needs. RFA’s will help you develop and sustain the RFW Initiative in your workplace.  They are your Recovery Friendly Workplace partners; there are no charges for their services.

ENGAGE your employees in addiction & behavioral health education and prevention

RFA’s will provide workplaces with information and resources to promote health, well-being, and recovery for themselves and their family members. RFW’s will provide their employees with education and review of the company’s alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies upon hire and on an annual basis thereafter. RFA’s will consult with employers to plan trainings related to substance misuse, behavioral health, and addiction that are tailored to the company’s specific needs.

RETAIN healthy and productive employees

Workplaces that implement evidence-based health and safety programming retain a healthier, more productive, and more motivated workforce.

PROMOTE prevention and recovery in their local communities

By creating a recovery friendly environment, employers send a strong message to their communities that they understand the importance of a solution-focused approach by addressing addiction and behavioral health “head-on.” RFA’s will assist businesses with participating in public awareness and education events in their communities. These events build loyalty between the recovery community, their allies and the designated RFW.