Machine Operators and Addiction

Machine Operators and AddictionMachine operators often have very physically and technically demanding jobs. Whether you work in high-tech electronics, transportation equipment or construction, you are probably familiar with a host of different tools of the trade, as well as the potential dangers associated with those materials.

Even if your job involves repetitive tasks, please consider what one mistake may cost you.  Drug or alcohol use only needs to impact your job duties one time in order to be dangerous. One serious mistake around heavy machinery can cost you your life or the life of someone else. Even if there is no accident at work, addiction and substance use can keep you from getting promotions, passing drug tests and obtaining the career you want.

If someone you love works in heavy equipment, construction or manufacturing, you may already be concerned about that person’s safety at work. If the person you care about also struggles with addiction, you may worry every day your loved one goes to work.

It may be time to consider a change. Evaluate your options for treating addiction before it is too late.

Types of Addiction Treatment

There are a number of options available for anyone seeking addiction treatment, including the following:

  • Detoxification (also known as detox): Some drugs or substances are very difficult to quit right away. Other substances can be dangerous to suddenly stop using. No matter what substance you are addicted to, an inpatient detox can help you start your recovery on the right track. A medically supervised detox uses the services of licensed doctors or nurses to help you wean off of the addictive substance safely and comfortably.
  • Inpatient rehab: Inpatient rehab is overnight rehab. People may stay in inpatient rehab anywhere from 15 to 90 days or more. Often inpatient rehab includes detox services. Inpatient rehab is proven to help clients effectively change a pattern of behavior for life. Many people opt for inpatient rehab because it is more intensive than regular counseling, offers support services around the clock and offers on-staff experienced clinicians.
  • Outpatient rehab: Outpatient rehab is similar to inpatient rehab, but it does not offer overnight treatment services. Outpatient rehab often does not offer detoxification services. Clients return home or return to a sober-living facility after each day of participating in these programs. This can be a great option after a short stay in inpatient care or if you need to return home to your family in the evenings.
  • Family intervention services: If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, family intervention services can help. Hiring an experienced and trained interventionist to help you talk openly with your loved one about the addiction can prompt your loved one to seek help. An intervention is proven to help people accept treatment more often and stay in treatment longer than patients who did not experience an intervention.
  • Family addiction counseling: Many inpatient and outpatient rehab programs offer family weekends or family counseling sessions. These sessions help your entire family cope with the impact of addiction and work together to start a new future. Family addiction counseling is an important addition to your entire wellness plan.

If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, please call our toll-free helpline. Our coordinators are experienced in all kinds of addiction treatment options and can answer your questions confidentially. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, so call now.