Why Become a Recovery Friendly Workplace?

Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourages healthy and safe working environments where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change, eliminate stigma, and support recovery. Click here for more information.

Benefits of Recovery Friendly Workplaces in NM

Benefits to Business

  • Reduced Turnover
  • Cost Savings for training and retaining employees
  • Loyalty and empathy in the workplace for and by employees
  • Increased production by reducing absenteeism
  • Send a strong message to current and potential employees about the
  • positive culture of your workplace

Benefits to NM Economy & Communities

  • Reduced unemployment
  • Reduced population depending on State Assistance
  • Reduced crime that occurs to support drug and alcohol addiction
  • Parent will be able to pay child support and be a positive influence on their children

Benefits to People with Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

  • Employment path for people with SUD
  • Transparency for the employee about their situation when they’re hired
  • Recovery Support provided during work
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem and hope for a better life restored

What Does Addiction Cost The Economy & Communities?

The CDC reports a drain on the American economy of $249 billion loss:










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Statistics for NM Substance Abuse Disorder

New Mexico had the 15th highest drug overdose death rate in the United States in 2018.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports that alcohol-related deaths in the state are rising, with a 6% increase between 2017 and 2018. New Mexico’s alcohol-related death rate has been higher than any other state in the country since 1997.

Men have a much higher risk of death due to drug and alcohol-related causes than women in every state across the United States. New Mexico has the largest gender gap of any other state, with 19.6 for women and 41.7 for men (per 100,000).

NM Rate of Alcohol Related Deaths is Twice the National Average. The rate of alcohol-related deaths is 32.2 per 100,000 in 2015 for the whole United States. New Mexico’s rate, however, is twice this national average, at 66.8 deaths per 100,000. These numbers are from data collected in 2015 but are representative of an ongoing trend for New Mexico.

In 2018, New Mexico reported 460 drunk driving arrests per 100,000 residents and was the sixth worst in the nation.

New Mexico ranks among the worst states in the country for drug overdose deaths, and almost 88% of these deaths between 2013 and 2017 are believed to be unintentional

As A new mexico business owner, what can i do?

When substance use affects the health of your organization, there’s a new direction in how to handle it. It’s called the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative – and it can take your business to better morale, better bottom-line performance, and happier, healthier, loyal, long-term employees. Being a Recovery Friendly Workplace is good economic policy. It’s also good HR and healthcare policy.

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