Why should businesses be recovery friendly? Is your business recovery friendly? What about your family and friends? Are they sober and recovery friendly? September is National Recovery Month, but what more can we do to promote recovery in our businesses and communities all year around?

Here’s how one employee at a major company made a difference. As seen on Newsweek. What happens when an executive in the technology industry decides to finally come out about his recovery? If he’s like most executives I’ve worked with, he’s terrified it won’t go well. And that’s not surprising. For almost a century — since Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-step programs were founded by a stockbroker and doctor in 1935 — keeping silent about addiction recovery has been the norm. In many businesses, being a drunk or a drug user is not only accepted, it is actually part of the culture. That can cause safety issues and sexual harassment issues, too. Using and drinking lower inhibitions and encourage predatory behavior. But holiday time is not recovery friendly. That’s when businesses too often have alcohol fueled parties that discourage responsibility and sensitivity to those who don’t want to drink or get drunk.

What is Recovery Friendly

Business 101 should mean workplaces are drug-free, safe for all employees and safe for the public they serve. Therefore, sobriety should be the most cherished word in business leaders’ lexicon. Sobriety should be honored and celebrated because, to use the lowest common denominator, it’s just good for business. When people seek treatment for their addiction, absenteeism and illnesses decrease and they become physically and mentally healthier. Productivity increases. Employees are more motivated and focused on their daily and long-term tasks. Behavior improves. The lying and covering up that people do to hide their use ends, and employees are more service-oriented (service is part of recovery). There’s no downside for businesses that support the recovery of their employees. When businesses allow their employees to celebrate and not hide their recovery, they become recovery friendly. When families and friends are sober friendly, it is safe and secure for those in recovery to be themselves.

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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