Safety-sensitive employees, such as drivers, are required by the Department of Transportation to have periodic drug and alcohol testing—but what happens if they fail that testing?
In short, they are required to leave their duties to undergo training and evaluation from a Substance Abuse Professional, or SAP. Note that the employer is required to tell the employee about the role of the SAP, and about the subsequent Return to Work process. The employer is not required to pay for these services.
Working with the SAP, the employee can begin working toward a return to the workplace—but what does this process entail, exactly? In this post, we’ll summarize the basic trajectory of the Return to Work program.
This is the basic outlook for anyone who is caught in drug or alcohol violation and wishes to return to their job under the Return to Work program. The employer plays a role in all of this, but note that most of the heavy lifting is done by the employee in collaboration with the SAP.
Whether you are an employee seeking rehabilitation or an employer who wants to point workers in the right direction, it’s important to know where to turn for substance abuse professionals.
Experience Recovery is a drug and alcohol rehab center based in Orange County, California—and we are passionate about training SAPs who can assist with the Return to Work program. We can connect you to the services you need here in Los Angeles and beyond.
Get the assistance you need for returning to work, freed from drug or alcohol addiction issues. Reach out to the admissions team at Experience Recovery to learn more about this process.
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