Did you know?

  •  75% of adults with substance use disorder are in the workforce.

  • Losses to employers result from absenteeism, increased healthcare expense, and lost productivity.

  • An employee with pain medication use disorder costs his or her  employers an estimated $2,500 in missed work annually (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) 


Calculate the cost to your business with the National Safety Council's

'real cost' calculator here. 

Certified Recovery Specialists are trained peers who can support your employees to maintain recovery and stay on the job. Funding is available to employers for training a CRS from your organization. Download the flyer here.

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Lisa Kerr

Recovery Friendly Workplace Outreach Specialist



What it means to be recovery friendly~

  • Demonstrates a commitment to creating a recovery friendly environment

  • Promotes a culture that reduces the stigma associated with substance use disorder (SUD)

  • Enhances workplace safety while improving productivity and profitability by addressing behavioral health issues "head-on"

  • Encourages collaboration among employers, employees, and communities to create positive change

  • Acknowledges recovery from SUD as a strength



How do I become a Recovery Friendly Workplace?

Our Outreach Specialist works with your HR or other workplace leadership to obtain RFW recognition. You'll.....

  • Assess and revise your alcohol/ drug policies/practices to meet best practice standards.     

  •  Offer and promote an Employee Assistance Plan or healthcare point of contact for resource/referral 


  • Provide annual health and safety training for supervisors                                                      

  • Provide annual training for employees to help them recognize SUD issues and know how to respond                                                                                                                                          



  • The initiative helps businesses to sustain and maintain a healthy workforce

  • RFWs provide employees a pathway to resources for behavioral health and SUD.

  • Retaining good employees in recovery reduces turnover and replacement costs.

  • Workers in recovery miss 5 days fewer than those with untreated SUD.

Apply to become a Recovery Friendly Workplace

  1. Complete the online Intent Form . 

  2. A Recovery Friendly Workplace representative will act as your point of contact to walk you through the process--she'll provide a checklist.

  3. Compile checklist items and submit.

  4. Recovery Friendly Workplace staff will review your application and contact you with any questions or to obtain any missing information.

  5. Once approved, you’ll be provided a recognition certificate and the Recovery Friendly Workplace logo to post in your workspaces, on your website and social media, and in publications promoting your business.

Businesses and organizations awarded the Recovery Friendly symbol will be granted permission to promote their status in the marketplace and be listed on this website as community partners.

We gratefully acknowledge the state of New Hampshire for their collaboration on this project.

The Recovery Friendly Symbol

The Recovery Friendly symbol, consisting of a purple arrow pointing to the right on a green circle, signifies a workplace and a community that thinks intelligently about substance misuse and mental health problems.


The  symbol will tell consumers that these businesses offer their friends and loved ones more than a job. 


Recovery Friendly Workplaces offer a safe working environment for people who can and will contribute positively to their families, friends, communities, and employers.

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