David Green’s Guest Column GRBJ – Addressing Workplace Addiction


Sanford Founder, David Green writes a guest column for the Grand Rapids Business Journal, addressing addiction in the workplace. He approaches the problem from the business perspective, pointing out that substance use disorders at work create healthcare and HR challenges as well as a significant impact on the bottom line.


As employers, professionals and community members, it’s on all of us to address addiction in the workplace to support those in need while enhancing revenue, finding efficiencies and raising productivity. We must address addiction in the workplace with the same attention as we would the purchase of a new company-wide software upgrade or the opening of a new sales territory. Consider the

  • Consult with an expert, preferably an organization that has both medical and clinical experience in addressing substance use disorder

  • Ask your insurance company or manager of your self-funded plan what treatment options are covered by your policy

  • Confirm that your health plan addresses addiction as a chronic condition that requires ongoing clinical and medical attention

    Sanford Founder and CEO, David Green


For the entire Grand Rapids Business Journal article click below:

Save money and save lives: focusing on addiction in the workplace 

December 20, 2019
| By David Green |


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