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