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Creating a Recovery InclusiveWorkplace Culture

After you've completed your organizational assessment, developed and implemented new recovery policies and programs, worked to destigmatize addiction in the workplace, you can begin to create a recovery inclusive culture for your employees.


Since the recovery community is diverse, and because addiction doesn't discriminate based on job title or status, it’s highly likely that one of your employees has experienced addiction and recovery and thus has a valuable story to share. We recommend having your leaders set an example from the topdown by sharing about their own experiences with substance misuse. If you have a leader who’s in long-term recovery and is willing to tell their story, this will set a strong example and empower others to feel comfortable sharing, too, which, in turn, create a culture of support throughout your entire company.


Recovery is a transformative process and as a result people in recovery often bring a wealth of skills, talents and insight to the workplace that has the potential to benefit your company culture for the better. Being a supportive of the recovery community and movement will not only ensure that those struggling are offered understanding and support, but will empower those living in longterm recovery to be able to offer their talents and skills at work without the fear of shame or stigma.


Diversity in the workplace is one of the greatest assets of a good company, and bringing in people with recovery experiences is no different. In fact, research has shown that people in recovery are often very motivated to work because employment allows for them to get their lives back. Plus, since most people in recovery take an abstinence-based approach, these individuals typically don't party, which means no hangovers. This has proven greater productivity at work and fewer “sick” days spent dealing with a hangover or other substance use related problems.


As professionals in recovery, Recovery Business Association's team members can set the tone for your organization to create a recovery inclusive culture by providing trainings that are built on sharing our personal struggles with addiction in life and in the workplace. Our trainings include opportunities for your employees to provide feedback on the type of support they'd like to see from management teams, as well as share their personal experiences, receive encouragement and support, and more.