Labor Unions and Rehab Programs
Labor unions can help addicted workers in a variety of ways. The Drug-Free Workplace Alliance, which encourages employees with addiction to seek rehab and then return to work, has multiple unions among its members. These include the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America.
Unions that belong to addiction support organizations want their employees to be productive, and research shows that rehab can help employees perform better in the workplace. The National Safety Council reports that employees in addiction recovery miss less work, have lower rates of job turnover and require fewer medical visits. Essentially, employees who go to rehab are more productive and cost the organization less money in health care expenses. Given these facts, it makes sense for labor union benefits to cover addiction treatment.
In general, unions are likely to support employees who go to rehab. Instead of losing employees to addiction and having to replace them, unions would prefer that workers get the help they need and return to work. While labor unions do tend to support rehab, some treatment centers may take advantage of union members because union benefits tend to offer generous coverage. To protect themselves, union workers should seek a rehab center that offers individualized treatment plans and takes unique needs into consideration. The best treatment facilities are transparent about their policies and are accredited by professional bodies, including the Better Business Bureau.
How The Recovery Village and IAFF Support First Responders
At The Recovery Village, we believe that unions should support rehab. This is why we partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) union to design the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery. Located just outside of Washington, D.C., this rehab center is designed specifically to serve firefighters, EMTs and other first responders who are IAFF members. We provide treatments that are supported by scientific research, and our center offers amenities that include a full gym, walking trails and a basketball court. Our campus, designed like a firehouse, allows IAFF members to take comfort among their peers and receive the quality treatment they need to return to work.
Entrance to Our First Responders Rehab in Maryland.