VIEW RECOVERING EMPLOYEES AS LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS
Some will suffer setbacks. Others need to deal with legal, health, or family problems caused by past drug abuse. Be flexible.
WHEN HIRING, SET SOBRIETY STANDARDS AND SCREEN INTENSIVELY
Prospects should demonstrate 30 days' sobriety and participation in a recovery program. Probe commitment to change with multiple interviews and written tests.
PROVIDE IN-HOUSE MENTORS
Mentors offer reassurance and discipline to newly employed and sober workers. Ex-substance abusers often need counseling on basic social and workplace skills.
BE OPEN WITH OUTSIDERS
Turn your dedication to recovering workers into a selling point. Most people have a friend or relative undone by drugs or alcohol. That offsets the stigma attached to addiction.