Most people try not to pry too deeply into their co-workers’ personal lives. While we may get along quite well with our co-workers, many of us feel that it is not our place to interfere in a co-worker’s personal matters. But when someone’s drug addiction starts to affect the work environment, it is time to take action. Although there are many options, holding a drug intervention is often the best choice.
If you are reluctant to hold a drug intervention for a co-worker, consider this: is it really a good idea to pretend drug addiction does not exist just because you are at work? Of course not. In fact, if you are open about this issue involving your co-worker, you may encourage others in your workplace to seek help for their own addictions. As long as we pretend these issues aren’t there, we enable people to continue using.
Holding a workplace drug intervention can be disruptive, but keep in mind that there is more to life than just business. If your co-worker is in serious danger, then you can risk a little workplace tension or a temporary decrease in productivity. Plus, your addicted co-worker is probably hindering productivity as it is, so you might as well do something about it now.
How exactly you go about your workplace drug intervention depends on a few factors. If there are other people in the company who are personally closer to the addict, you might want to talk to them about it before you do anything. Also, find out if there are any company policies governing these matters. For example, maybe the company will cover some of the treatment costs. It can’t hurt to ask.
Before you go through with the drug intervention, you might want to get in touch with a professional interventionist. They can help you with all the practical planning. For example, you will have to decide where and when to hold the drug intervention, whom to invite, and whether to involve the family. These issues can get a little thorny, so seek advice from professional with extensive experience performing interventions.