Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative
Promoting individual wellness by creating work environments that further the mental and physical well-being of employees; proactively preventing substance misuse and supporting recovery from addiction in the workplace and the community.
The Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) Initiative empowers employers to implement recovery friendly practices within the workplace and provide support for employees in recovery or those impacted by substance use disorder (SUD).
The purpose of the RFW Initiative is to promote individual wellness by creating work environments that further the mental and physical well-being of employees; proactively preventing substance misuse and supporting recovery from addiction in the workplace and the community.
Endorsed by former Governor Brian Sandoval and championed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the RFW Initiative encourages healthy and safe working environments where employers, employees, and communities collaborate to create positive change, eliminate stigma, and support recovery.
of individuals who use illicit drugs and alcohol are employed. Is your business talking to the one in three American households affected by substance use disorders?
is the annual cost to Nevada for substance misuse, most of which are incurred by businesses. These costs include reduction in labor force, decreased productivity, turnover, absenteeism, health care, and criminal justice.
Americans are in recovery from substance use disorder. People in recovery are our employees, customers, friends, and family members.
This is Carly’s story. The editor and chief at Google’s Daily Insider. After using drugs and alcohol to cope with major depression, she went to rehab and reclaimed her life. Now in recovery, she leads a key part of her employer’s internal communications.
This is Sharon’s story. CEO of a healthcare-related company, her son got addicted to painkillers. He’s now in recovery and she is using her firsthand experiences to help build a recovery friendly workplace.
This is Shawna’s story. She used employee assistance counseling sessions to identify and address problems with alcohol misuse. Now she leads workplace efforts to support people in recovery.
Benefits of Participation
Steps towards becoming a Recovery Friendly Workplace
Work one-on-one with a Recovery Friendly Ambassador to assess business needs and receive a RFW orientation.
Submit a Letter of Intent to make a commitment to become a recovery friendly workplace.
Complete initial required components of the Checklist.
Receive designation as a Recovery Friendly Workplace.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) is a business that chooses to go above and beyond for its employees by creating a workplace culture that supports people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD), as well as all those impacted.
You will have the opportunity to engage in ongoing recovery friendly culture practices and activities, and receive ongoing support from your RFA and Foundation for Recovery.
The checklist was created to provide a simple, straightforward process for businesses and organizations of all sizes to become designated as a Recovery Friendly Workplace.
A Recovery Friendly Ambassador (RFA) is a full-time employee at Foundation for Recovery to support this Initiative. The RFA is a resource to businesses and organizations that wish to become recovery friendly.
Workplaces of all sizes and readiness levels will benefit from participation in this initiative. Resources will include customized training, toolkit, materials, and support. In addition, the Foundation for Recovery staff will ensure workplaces are well connected to community prevention and recovery support services to best support their employees.
There is no cost for a business or organization to become a designated RFW. Services will include support and guidance throughout the entire process.