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Opium Addiction in the Workplace

Opium is a psychoactive drug that affects the central nervous system and causes altered brain function. This can impair a person’s judgment and motor function. Opium users who participate in manual labor can place their life and the lives of those around them in danger. Other jobs are also affected by the addiction, as opium use slows progress and decreases productivity. Addiction can affect those holding management positions, creating a domino effect throughout the workplace.

The impact opium addiction has on the workplace means a user will not be employed for long. Whether fired due to a failed drug test or poor work performance, users will be left without a steady income and will have a hard time finding new employment with a black mark on their record.

Keeping Opium Addiction Secret at Work

Keep a job requires keeping a drug addiction secret. This can be difficult with an opium addiction because of the physical and emotional effects opium has on the body. Opium impairs a person’s good judgment and affects their motor skills. If you are an employee or employer struggling secretly with addiction, know it can only go unexposed for so long. The guilt and hardships one may go through to keep an addiction secret is not worth the pain and long-term effects of opium.

Opium Drug Testing at Work and Signs of Opium Addiction

Federal government guidelines set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) require companies to test for five drug types, one of which includes opiates. It may take as long as four days to fully rid the body of traces of opium. Even if opium use is stopped prior to a drug test date, users will experience potentially severe withdrawal symptoms that cannot be hidden from coworkers. Other signs of opium addiction in a coworker, employee or loved one include the following:

  • Inexplicable lack of money
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion
  • Excessive energy
  • Rapid speech
  • Being late, leaving early, or absence from work
  • Glazed eyes
  • Mood swings
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Neglecting hygiene
  • Anxiety
  • Increased sensitivity to light/sound
  • Paranoia

Employers: How to Approach Employee Opium Addiction

Employers, you can help! If you notice an employee exhibiting signs of opium addiction, please speak up. Present a caring demeanor and encourage the employee to get help with the addiction. By approaching an addict and helping them get involved in a rehab program, you can help free someone from a serious addiction and, if you choose, receive a happy, healthier and more productive employee after the recovery process.

Opium Addiction Help

If you or someone you know has an addiction to opium, please don’t hesitate to get help today. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day. Right now is the right time to get clean and stay clean. Call and let us help.