This year's theme: mental health in the workplace

World Mental Health Day 2017

Early detection of an addiction at work is key to preventing mental health problems for both the employee concerned and colleagues

10 October, 2017

On World Mental Health Day, Triora warns that the early detection of addiction in the workplace is fundamental to preventing mental health problems for both the person concerned as well as colleagues: alcohol and drug abuse can increase the risk of developing mental disorders. Addiction is also medically recognised as a mental illness by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which defines addiction as a physical and psychoemotional illness formed by desires that consume the feelings and thoughts of the sufferer.

One in five of the global workforce, and one in six of the UK workforce, experienced mental health problems in 2015. Alcohol or drugs are also often used to self-medicate and alleviate the symptoms of depression or anxiety, which over the long term often only exacerbates the mental health condition. Recognising the signs of addiction in the workplace is essential, because it can have important consequences for other employees as well.

"People with an addiction suffer from mental health disorders which lead them to act in a way that can be harmful to them and their colleagues. Only a few companies have established policies to prevent the stigmatisation of this disease, even though it can also adversely affect other employees. " Joaquín Descals, Medical Director, Triora Alicante, Spain.

World Mental Health Day 2017

The effects of addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, gambling or video games include:

  • Stressful situations between the sufferer and colleagues due to inappropriate behavior, often resulting from the anguish of addiction.
  • Constant nervousness, sudden mood swings, and episodes of rage that may not have any particular trigger.
  • Reduced care and attention at work due to the effects of drugs or alcohol, which can lead to lack of responsibility, forgetfulness, or even accidents. Ten per cent of those employed have taken time off for depression, a serious disorder that can often be linked to drug and alcohol abuse. All this can reduce the performance of other employees, and overall productivity.

For all these reasons, early identification of the problem and encouragement to seek treatment are fundamental elements in the prevention of addiction at work. Then it is possible not only to support the person with the drink, drugs or other behavioural problem, but also to alleviate problems in the working environment.

"Often the problem lies in the way a person with an addiction is treated at work. It is also a stressful situation for those who have detected the problem, but do not know how to act. For this reason it is important for companies to hold prevention sessions so that every employee knows about the process that will be followed when an addiction is identified, and how to act in a difficult situation," Descals concludes.


More information

Find out more about mental health risks at work and priorities for action in Triora's blog.

  • Triora provides private addiction treatment and rehabilitation to people suffering from addiction. Located near Alicante, the Triora clinic has developed its own unique and highly successful addiction treatment model, which takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to addiction rehabilitation.
  • Patients admitted to Triora Alicante participate in individual and group sessions, with the support of family and friends. They benefit from the work of Triora’s highly trained professional team, ensuring  complete rehabilitation in a relaxed environment with facilities that promote their wellbeing, far from the environment associated with their addiction. The Triora methodology includes aftercare once the patient has left the clinic.
  • Triora was founded in the Netherlands where it has established an excellent reputation over the past 14 years, thanks to its proven treatment methodology and high long term recovery rate. Triora is dedicated to helping people with an addiction, and their loved ones, to regain a meaningful life.


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Triora’s addiction care is one of the most successful ways to overcome addiction. Using the unique Triora Model, we treat body, mind and soul to help you and your loved ones regain a meaningful life. Our professional staff provide discrete inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to people like you from the pleasant surroundings of our private recovery clinics in Alicante and Malaga, Spain.

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