Strive Health today announced it has been selected by Governor Chris Sununu as an early adopter of New Hampshire’s ‘Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative’. Originally announced in the 2018 State of the State Address, the “Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative” promotes individual wellness for Granite Staters by empowering workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorder.
“This initiative will help businesses attain greater safety, productivity, and profitability by addressing addiction ‘head on’ in the workplace”
Addressing addiction in the workplace
“This initiative will help businesses attain greater safety, productivity, and profitability by addressing addiction ‘head on’ in the workplace,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “Recovery Friendly Workplaces are an opportunity for New Hampshire to help change the culture around addiction by engaging employers in being a proactive part of the conversation by providing tools, resources, and opening up access to treatment. Government cannot guarantee much, but it can and should guarantee freedom of opportunity. The opportunities to live, work, and raise a family. The opportunity to find meaningful employment on the pathway to recovery.”
Strive to assist employers and employees
As part of the initiative, Strive Health will assist in providing the right training and resources so that workplaces can reduce substance misuse and support their employees’ recovery. Trained Recovery Friendly Workplaces will:
- Demonstrate a commitment to creating a recovery friendly environment.
- Promote a culture that reduces the stereotypes associated with substance use disorder.
- Enhance workplace safety while improving productivity and profitability by addressing behavioral health issues “head-on.”
“We are honored to have been selected as an early adopter for New Hampshire’s ‘Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative,’” said Eric Frieman, Co-CEO of Strive Health. “We look forward to leveraging our workplace-specific substance abuse treatment programming and the insights of our corporate wellness experts to advance the understanding of the impact of substance abuse on the workplace – and the benefits of facilitating workers’ access to programs and treatment – to help New Hampshire employers build a healthier, more productive workforce that will drive profits and success.”
Eric Golnick, CEO of VFR (Veteran & First Responder) Healthcare, the sister company of Strive Health, added that “the VFR Healthcare team strongly supports the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative. The many veterans in the workforce who silently suffer from substance abuse need the support of their employers to improve their health and well-being and fully reintegrate back into their communities.”
About Recovery Friendly Workplaces Initiative
Recovery Friendly Workplaces support the recovery community by recognizing recovery from substance use disorder is a strength and by being willing to hire and work intentionally with people in recovery. Recovery Friendly Workplaces encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by addiction.