Addiction in the Workplace: Industries with the Highest Rates of Substance Abuse

Addiction in the Workplace: Industries with the Highest Rates of Substance Abuse

Anyone who has impacted by addiction, whether it’s in their own life or the life of a loved one, knows that the career and professional life are often one of the earliest casualties of substance use. Unfortunately, however, certain industries have proven to be incubators for alcohol and drug use disorder.

As you endeavor to reclaim your life from substance use disorder, or help guide your loved one toward recovery, it’s a good idea to examine the role their career may have had in their initial and ongoing substance abuse. Here are some of the industries with the highest rates of substance use disorder, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). See how your field compares:

  • Accommodations and Food Service – 17 Percent
  • Construction – 14 Percent
  • Arts, Entertainment and Recreation – 13 Percent
  • Mining – 12 Percent
  • Utilities – 11.5 Percent
  • Management – 11 Percent
  • Retail – 10.5 Percent
  • Agriculture – 10.5 Percent
  • Wholesale Trade – 10 Percent
  • Real Estate – 10 Percent
  • Information Technology – 10 Percent
  • Finance and Insurance – 9 Percent
  • Manufacturing and Production – 9 Percent
  • Transportation and Warehousing – 9 Percent
  • Professional Scientific and Technical Services – 9 Percent
  • Public Administration – 7 Percent
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance – 6 Percent
  • Education – 5.5 Percent

Recovery Unplugged wants to remind everyone to seek professional help immediately if their vocation, or anything else in their lives, is forcing them to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.