Recognizing Signs of Substance Misuse in the Workplace

A recent study found that 80% of HR decision-makers recognize that substance use disorder is impacting their employees. But, 25% feel unprepared to deal with the issue. How do you recognize the signs of substance misuse? What should you do if you suspect substance misuse in your workplace? And, how do you properly address these issues?

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Stress Awareness Month - Practical Ways to De-Stress

We live in a world that is wired to worry. We’ve been programmed to worry about the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our jobs, relationships and on and on. All of this worrying puts our minds through mental gymnastics while exhausting our bodies. As we place additional emphasis on, and give concern to, these areas of our lives we create stress.

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The 4 Pillars of Recovery

Home. Health. Purpose. Community. Four simple words should be simple to achieve, right?! But if it were so simple we would all have it. These four words are a good barometer for your recovery. Almost every new recoveree I work with that is struggling in early recovery is missing at least one of these pillars. Conversely, those with a healthy recovery nearly always have all four pillars fulfilled.

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5 Reasons Recovery is Good for Business

Employers have felt the impacts of substance misuse for decades through absenteeism, loss of productivity, safety issues and poor job performance. The good news is that substance use disorder is a treatable and manageable disease. Not only is recovery possible, it’s good for business! Employees in recovery improve productivity, decrease healthcare costs and reduce workplace injuries. Check out 5 reasons recovery is good for business below!

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Introduction to the Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit

Thank you for taking this step in learning more about Recovery Friendly Workplaces (RFW). At Recovree, we believe that employers play a critical role in fighting the disease of addiction and want to make it easier for you to better understand how to create and maintain recovery friendly practices in your company. Recovery is good for business! Employers are becoming more proactive in recognizing the economical and cultural benefits of being better informed about this disease and ways to support talent who are seeking help.

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National Nutrition Month

Happy National Nutrition Month! What does fueling your body mean to you? It’s a decision we make every day, multiple times per day... Decisions, decisions, life is all about decisions. From what we wear, to the shows we watch and the food we consume we’re constantly making decisions. Each day we make an average of 35,000 decisions. With all of these decisions, how can we be sure that we’re making the right decisions, those that will improve our lives, strengthen our bodies and improve our wellbeing?

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Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorders Comorbidity

Contributed by The Emily Program, a national leader in eating disorder treatment . In recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 25th - March 3rd) we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the relationship between eating disorders and substance use disorders. Eating disorders commonly occur alongside substance use disorders. In fact, about half of all individuals who have an eating disorder also have a substance use disorder.

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My Brother and Co-founder

When I share that my brother Luke and I are co-founders and lead Recovree together, one of the first things people typically ask is something like, "How is it working with your brother?" It wasn't a quick decision to start a technology company with Luke. As we were testing the idea for Recovree's first product, we frequently discussed the company, our roles, responsibilities and ownership. As the product and company took shape, we recognized that each of us had certain strengths that complemented the other.

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Lost, by Darren Reed

I was as lost as I could be with no idea how I got where I was. This is not how my life was supposed to go. I had overcome so much, accomplished many things and yet I was here on the floor of my apartment, hallucinating after a night of alcohol and drug use. Where did I go wrong? When did it start? I had my first drink and became drunk at the age of 11. For me, alcohol was an immediate love. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was empty inside and alcohol filled that void. This was not my parents' fault. Perhaps I was born with a genetic predisposition to alcohol and mental illness…

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North Dakota's Recovery Reinvented

Recovery Reinvented is an ongoing series of innovative practices and initiatives to eliminate the shame and stigma of addiction in North Dakota. They are driven to find solutions and help people affected by the disease of addiction with proven prevention, treatment and recovery approaches. Last fall we were thrilled to participate in Recovery Reinvented’s Innovate Recovery Competition and honored to be announced as the Grand Prize Winner.

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Peer Recovery Coaching Q+A with Jesse Heffernan

We are excited to share our interview with Jesse Heffernan, a recovery coach, consultant and founder of Helios Recovery Services. Jesse is a valued advocate and champion for the recovery community. As someone with vast experience in the field, we were eager to talk to him about the evolution of peer services in the recovery and community spaces.

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Our Interview with Anne Spaeth, Founder of The Lynhall

We are so excited to share our interview with Anne Spaeth, the founder of The Lynhall. The Lynhall is a market-inspired restaurant, event space, kitchen television studio and incubator kitchen in Minneapolis. In addition to their culinary and community work, they have made a commitment to supporting the health and wellness of their employees, specifically mental and behavioral health.

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Our End-of-Year Letter of Gratitude

As 2018 comes to end, we hope that this message finds you in good health, surrounded by love from family and friends, and filled with gratitude. We’ve worked incredibly hard to be where we are today and want to call out three groups of people that have gone above and beyond to help Recovree achieve its next milestone - Team, Connectors, and Customer.

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Narcan Training Event

On December 6th we had the privilege of hosting a Narcan Training Event at the Glen Nelson Center. The training was presented by the Steve Rummler HOPE Network and was attended by local business and community members. Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids, including prescription pain pills, heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogs. During 2017 alone, there were over 47,000 fatal overdoses involving opioids, that is roughly 1 every 11 minutes.

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Recovree Working With Employers To Address Substance Use Disorder

Recovree’s mission is to help people find and maintain recovery from substance use disorder through peer relationships. Over the past year, we have shared the power of peer recovery coaches with anyone who would listen. By now, we hope you know that these professionals are scientifically proven to help improve recovery outcomes.

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Veteran's Day Spotlight: Ali, U.S. Marine Veteran

You all may recognize me as the one that wrote about being “Sober AF” in September. Well, the lovely people at Recovree thought of me when wanting to do a spotlight for Veteran’s Day. …Oh yeah. I forgot to mention in my previous blog post that I am a six-year Marine Corps Veteran. It’s not something I purposefully left out. I quite literally just forgot to mention it.

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Peer Specialists, Technology, and the Evolution of SUD Treatment

We were honored to talk with Paula DeSanto, the founder and president of Minnesota Alternatives. Minnesota Alternatives “provides adult outpatient mental health and/or substance use treatment and consultation services that focus on engagement, skill development, personalized interventions, neuroscience and healing trauma.”

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How Omar Pinto Helps Individuals Find Their Pathway to Recovery

We are very excited to share our interview with Omar Pinto, an addiction recovery specialist, life empowerment coach and founder of the SHAIR Podcast, SHAIR Space, and the SHAIR Recovery Community. We loved learning about Omar’s drive to help individuals find their own, unique pathway to recovery, which is his overall mission for SHAIR.

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8 Need-To-Know Resources for Peer Recovery Coaches

Peer Recovery Support Specialists can sometimes be left in the dark by their organization. Some organizations may not know what types of resources the Peer Recovery Support Specialist need to do their job most effectively. We’ve got you covered! Here are a few resources for specialists to help do the job more efficiently and effectively.

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