Welcome to Addiction Treatment for Professionals, We have been very busy here at East Coast Recovery engaging with businesses, health care professionals and we have launched our first ever Facebook Live, which we have continued to do on a weekly basis. Martin will also be attending several networking events to connect with professionals and provide a solution to their employee addiction needs.

The Legal position

According to HSE, all employers have a general duty of care under the Health & Safety Act 1974 “to ensure as far as reasonably practicable, The Health & Safety and Welfare of your employees”. Translated this means that if an employer knowingly allows an employee under the influence of alcohol to continue working and this puts other employees at risk, this could lead to prosecution. HSE has also stated that it is also the employees’ responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by what they do.

Did you know…

In the transport industry, there is an additional legislation in place to monitor and control the misuse of substance?. This falls under the Transport & Works Act 1992, which states that it is a criminal offence for certain workers to be working while under the influence of drink/drugs. This includes railways, tramways and other guided transport systems. This legislation further states that any operators of the transport system would also be found guilty of an offence unless due diligence is demonstrated that prevents such an offence being committed.

Why should an organisation have a substance misuse policy.

Substance misuse occurs in the workplace more often than we may think; it is fair to say that in general it is believed that this may only occur in large organisations, this is not the case. The size of the business is irrelevant as this illness relates to an individual. Although the number of individuals who develop a drug/alcohol problem is statistically small the impact it has on those around such as employers, work colleagues and working relationships.

Consider this. What is the overall impact this could have on your organisation as a whole? If employees’ are intoxicated there is always a reason why and ECR will assist in getting your employee back to work by providing the tools for them to understand why they have turned to addiction.

Policy example


  • Do I need a policy?
  • Who does the policy effect?
  • It is a suggested that a policy forms part of the employees handbook and is universal in the workplace.


  • Who is responsible for implementing a new policy?
  • Who is responsible for educating employees’ on the policy?
  • All managers should be responsible in some way, but it will be more effective to have senior management/occupational health oversee throughout

Exemption/special circumstances

  • Do the rules apply in all situations or are there any exemptions?


  • Enter a statement ensuring all employees’ understand that any alcohol problem will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  • Enter a statement with a description of the support available to employees who have a problem
  • The circumstances of which disciplinary action would be necessary and implemented
  • Who is the designated provider? East Coast Recovery can assist with this

If you have ever wondered what addiction is and tried to understand your employees behaviour? this is a Facebook Live stream with Lester & Matt as they answer questions regarding what addiction is.

Common substances and their effects


A common drug that can make people feel hyper, energetic, self-confident, and “buzzing”. this is an extremely addictive drug; where the user feels depressed for up to a week following a “come down”. Crack cocaine can be smoked, this highly addictive and individuals abusing this will find it extremely difficult to not use on their own and interventions are generally needed.


Provides a relaxed and distant feel for the user, very addictive and taking regularly can lead to the user becoming dependent and needing the drug to feel “normal”  this is smoked or injected.


This is the most common drug, the effects are very similar to alcohol. Cannabis side effects include; delayed reaction times, disorientation and coordination are disrupted. There is a misconception that “It’s only weed” but the risk of addiction to cannabis can lead to harder drugs.


When this drug is first taken the user can feel very alert and aware of their surroundings. This is normally taken at night and is popular on the “clubbing” scene. The after effects include depression and the individual feels “spaced out” and unable to concentrate.

 What are the possible indicators?

There are many indicators that an employee is misusing substances Depression/fatigue, poor timekeeping, absenteeism, erratic performance, lack of discipline, mood swings, inappropriate behaviour, becoming confused, dishonesty, financial irregularities and reduced response times

How can ECR help you

  • Call for a free confidential chat on 01502 587269, or email martin.bartlam@eastcoastrecovery.co.uk to arrange a callback, you can also book an appointment to visit the treatment centre and meet the team.
  • If your employee is in need of our services, we will complete a free telephone assessment, this will enable our team of experts to advise both you and the employee of the best course of action.
  • We will provide a Service Level Agreement and regular updates on client progression. 
  • Bespoke aftercare packages are available
  • We offer a family group sessions monthly, this will help your employees’ family members understand the brain of an addict. 

Key facts

  • Alcohol related sickness costs businesses over £2 billion per year
  • A recent survey showed that 22% of London businesses reported absenteeism due to DRUG misuse
  • 45.1% of young adults have experimented drugs
  • 25% of people seeking help for their drug and alcohol problems are working professionals
  • The majority of people with drink problems are in employment

Kelly & Lester discussing families affected by addiction. An interesting listen, in general professional individuals have children and close loved ones. It isn’t just the workplace where they’re behaving erratically.

Ask yourself this…

Are you happy for employees to drink during working hours.?

YES – On a Friday in their lunch hour?

NO – It’s policy,

IT DEPENDS ON – A special occasion such as a birthday.

What are your current policies and/or procedures for employees who are experiencing difficulty managing their alcohol consumption and having an effect on their performance?

What are your policies/procedures for an employee who arrives at work drunk?

Culture vs Factors in the workplace

The accessibility of alcohol and work-based cultures such as attitude, behaviour and managing expectation can influence an employee to drink before, during and post work. This has a direct effect on alcohol-related harm on the health and safety of other and productivity. There are many work-based factors that can increase the risk of alcoholism, this could be anything from going to the pub at lunchtime to raising a glass for somebody’s birthday during working hours. You might say that it endorses drinking habits and crosses professional boundaries. Other things that can affect an employee are;

  • Extended working hours on a regular basis, and increased workloads.
  • Internal factors such as bullying, harassment and broken working relationships.
  • Inadequate appraisals and an employee feeling like they can’t approach senior management.
  • Inadequate training which could lead to work based stress and make the employee feel unwanted and inadequate
  • Poor working conditions



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A word from Martin our Business Development & Marketing Manager

In the first instance, I will discuss how we can help facilitate your needs as an employer and discuss the treatment packages we have available. Here are some FAQ’s which I am often asked.

Q.  How much will a treatment programme cost?

A. Treatment packages start at £3495

Q. Are our services confidential?

A. Yes East Coast Recovery will become your silent partner. No clients are discussed outside of the business.

Q. Do you offer daycare treatment?

A. At present we do not offer day care treatment, there are various reasons for this; however we assess individuals on a case by case basis to determine the options available.

Q. Are we able to book an appointment to visit the centre?

A. Yes you can, we offer clients a Tour & Assessment, this is so the client can get a feel for who we are and also meet the team. I am also available via Skype if distance is an issue.

I can be contacted on: Tel: 01502 587269, Email: martin.bartlam@eastcoastrecovery.co.uk

Groups most affected by alcohol

It is assumed that alcohol abuse in the workplace varies dependent on industry; some have reported higher proportions of drinking patterns than others. This could be influenced by employees and peer pressure, the nature of the sector, environment and culture. Population groups most likely to be affected are:

Male workers
Men/Women aged 14-59
People employed in high pressured sectors such as hospitality, retail, agriculture, manufacturing, financial services, aviation and mining.


Questions for Martin

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Martin is our Business Development & Marketing Manager who would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the services we offer. For a confidential chat please contact Martin in the first instance.
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