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Substance abuse is a difficult battle, and one you may not even realize you’re losing until it’s too late. Stressful jobs can take a toll on workers in any industry, affecting their mental health and substance misuse, but some are harder hit than others. For example, in a study done by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), it was found that 17.5% of workers in the mining industry had reported heavy substance use within the past month. In addition, the mining industry had the highest rate of those who reported heavily using substances in the past month. If you work in the mining industry, you know how hard your job can be: both physically and mentally. You might not know, however, where to get help for substance abuse. Here’s how to find recovery while working a tough job.

Why do Miners Have a High Rate of Substance Abuse?

While the mining industry has become increasingly aware of the mental health and substance abuse issues that come with the job, there are a number of significant factors and working conditions that contribute to these issues. 

Physical Factors:

  • Danger and risks
  • Consuming toxic gases
  • High risk of injury
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Weakened immune system

Psychological Factors:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Addiction

Addiction Treatment Resources for Miners 

As a mining worker, you have multiple resources at your finger-tips — even if you don’t realize it. Most mining corporations provide their employees with an EAP or Employee Assistance Program. This program is a free and voluntary service where you can receive consultations and referrals to addiction treatment programs. An added benefit of using an EAP to find addiction treatment is that they are confidential and willing to help. For more information about EAPs and how they work, check out our blog post HERE.

Another resource you can use to find substance abuse and mental health services is your labor union. They’ll provide you with trusted referrals to residential addiction treatment facilities and also can ensure your right to seek help is respected by your employer. Some labor unions offer health insurance to their members, which often makes treatment more affordable to you as well. For more information about labor unions, give us a call today.

Considering the psychological impact of mining, companies should educate their workers and their partners to destigmatize mental health and substance abuse. If you’re a company leader and want to know more about how you can bring awareness and encouragement to your employees seeking help with addiction treatment, give us a call today. We may be able to provide free consultations for workers struggling with substance abuse.

How to Find the Right Residential Addiction Treatment Facility

At Acqua Recovery, we understand the psychological and physical impact that your job can have on you. If you work in the mining industry and your substance use has started causing problems in your life, know that it is possible to overcome it. Until you get help, however, it will only get worse. 

At Acqua Recovery, our Masters-level clinicians will help you find your customized path to recovery. Our therapists utilize a trauma-informed approach to help you get clean and sober, while healing the issues that may be causing your substance misuse. Plus, we’ll give you the tools you need to return to work and life healthy.

Did you know that in many cases, you’re legally allowed to take up to 12 weeks off from work, without getting fired, to get the help you need? Speak with our caring admissions team, Matt, Brian, or Ashlee, to renew your life and begin your path to recovery.

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A GUIDE TO EAPS and ADDICTION How to Get Addiction Treatment for Workers

A Guide to EAPs & Addiction: How to Get Addiction Treatment for Workers

Workplace stress can cause anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and substance abuse. Sometimes, it can trigger all of them at the same time! If you’re trying to hide your drug or alcohol use and mental health issues from your friends, family, and coworkers, you’re probably not keeping it as secret as you think. No matter what, keeping a job while in the grips of addiction is nearly impossible over the long-term.

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