Canadian, OK (PRWEB) June 24, 2012
The cost to American employers from substance abuse is simply astounding. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that businesses are losing $276 billion per year across the country. It goes down the drain in waste, theft, damage, injury claims and plain old bad habits like slacking or sleeping on the job.
Another survey from SAMHSA shows that more than three-quarters of those who are addicted are employed. That means roughly 16 million people addicted to street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs that are impaired on the job and costing their employers plenty. An impaired employee can mean risk not only to himself while on the job but to his (or her) co-workers as well.
It’s no surprise then that Oklahoma employers recently received some help in the form of legislation that gave them more rights to drug test employees and reduce the cost of unemployment claims by former workers who had failed drug tests and then were let go. This legislation became effective in November 2011.
Substance Abuse Associated with the Majority of Felony Cases
And while an investigation by The Oklahoman showed that 60% of randomly chosen felonies filed in the Tulsa area related to drug or alcohol abuse, a local Assistant District Attorney disagreed. “I would estimate 80 to 90 percent of our cases, including homicides and robberies, involve some link to illegal drugs or alcohol,” said Doug Drummand of Oklahoma County.
While Terri White of the state’s Department of Mental Health pushes for the budget to help turn this situation around, she admits that the state’s drug rehab system is underfunded. Meaning many people who want to re-enter the workplace clean and sober are going to go on waiting lists.
Narconon Arrowhead Serves Oklahoma with Effective Drug Rehab and Brings Income into the State
Since 1992, Narconon of Oklahoma has been helping local citizens and those from all over the country recover their sobriety, The unique Narconon program that uses only nutritional supplements instead of medications in the treatment program, has one of the highest success rates in the field, meaning thousands of sober people returned to the workplace and communities since its founding.
In 2001, Narconon of Oklahoma opened a new, larger facility in the Arrowhead State Park in Canadian, Oklahoma. With this facility, it became one of the top twenty employers in the surrounding counties. As people needing treatment come not only from the local area but all over the country, local vendors benefit from the infusion of cash into the local economy. The Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab and education organization employs more than 180 employees and is expanding its services and employment base in 2012.
Some graduates stay on to help others travel the road to sobriety, like John Bitinas who heads up the Drug Education Department of Narconon Arrowhead. John stated, “The Narconon program not only helped me get sober, it helped me understand why I had started using drugs in the first place which helped me find lasting sobriety. Now I can bring my understanding to others through my drug education lectures to schoolchildren.” In the last several years, John has brought Narconon’s drug education curriculum to hundreds of thousands of young people.
For more information on Narconon Arrowhead, call 1-800-468-6933.