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Substance Abuse Got Worse Amid the Pandemic and Remote Work

Use of recreational drugs is common during the remote workday

Caron's is quoted in an article on the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) website on the Substance Abuse Got Worse Amid the Pandemic and Remote Work. Caron's says the primary reason for employees who don't seek help is not admitting they have a problem, which can pose a dangerous path. There are ways that an organization's culture and climate can help create a place where employees can/will get help when they need it.

"It's not like a medical issue in which a worker wouldn't hesitate to submit Family and Medical Leave Act papers" to allow them to take time off to get help. There is a different feeling about mental health and substance use disorders. Employees may wonder if there will be retaliatory action or whether they will be viewed differently or as unfit, so they internalize those feelings of guilt, shame and feeling embarrassed."

Brad Sorte, Caron Senior Advisor (formerly President & CEO)

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