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. Savings for employers include:

  • Employees who get effective substance use treatment can, on average, save $3,200 in annual costs for their employer

  • Employees in recovery take less unscheduled leave than their peers. On average, they miss 5 days fewer than employees with an active chemical addiction and 1 day less than their co-workers.

  • Employees in recovery stay with their employers at almost identical rates as their co-workers. And, compared to those with active addictions, employees in recovery can save their organization up to $4,000 in turnover and replacement costs.

  • Employees in recovery save an average of $536 a year in health care utilization costs compared to those with an untreated chemical addiction.

Employers have felt the impacts of substance misuse for decades through absenteeism, loss of productivity, safety issues and poor job performance. Through RFW, we can accomplish a number of things. We can fight the stigma associated with this disease and encourage employees to get help sooner by providing resources that meet people where they’re at and support their own unique recovery pathway. There is no right way to recover from this disease and it is important that we encourage employees to find what works best for them.

In the Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit, Recovree introduces you to the disease of substance use disorder, its impact in the workplace, and how to create and support a RFW. Our goal is to provide you with practical tools and information. Too often we admire problems and do not provide resources to help people take action. This is just a small sample of what you can do for your employees. If you’re interested in learning more or have questions, please contact us at We’d love to hear from you.

All the best,

Melissa Kjolsing

CEO, Recovree