Are You an Employer With Addicted Employees?

We have work place solutions for employees

National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace details can be found here

Last Door has worked with firefighters, policemen, lawyers, pilots, nurses, medical doctors, the oil and gas industry and employees from a variety of small to global companies.


Services include:

  • Assessment,
  • Intake/Orientation,
  • Stabilization,
  • Primary Treatment Transition,
  • Follow Up – Continuous Case Management,
  • Cross Canada Monitoring, return to work agreements
  • Alumni Groups,
  • Staged Workplace Reintegration,
  • Social and Recreational Activities,
  • Improved Employee Functioning

Our program has a value added Family component that provides support, counselling and groups for family members and a residential component as well. Costs for most of the family program services are included in core treatment costs.

Much of the $24.3 billion a year of potential workplace losses are associated with employees who have addiction issues. Addictions can cost up to $7,000 per employee per year in areas such as theft, fraud, accidents, legal expenses, insurance claims, staff turnover and abuse of benefit plans and sick time. This staggering, enormous loss to companies is something Last Door works with employers, EAP Professionals and unions to help address. Last Door’s work with the problem employee ultimately reduces costs to employers.

In most cases treatment costs are covered by insurance or Employee Health Benefits or by Employer/Employee agreements. Last Door offers residentialaddiction treatment consisting of individually tailored treatment planning for each person. Our care plans are flexible in terms of length of stay and return to work/transition planning. Our core treatment program has 25 years demonstrated success helping individuals and families overcome addiction.

How can you tell if an employee is addicted to drugs?

The following are some of the behavioural characteristics that may occur withdrug addiction. Note that these behavioural characteristics do not always indicate drug addiction, but may warrant further investigation.

  • Absenteeism – absences without notification and an excessive use of sick days
  • Frequent disappearances from the work site, long unexplained absences, improbable excuses
  • Unreliability in keeping appointments and meeting deadlines
  • Work performance that alternates between periods of high and low productivity
  • Mistakes made due to inattention, poor judgment, and bad decisions
  • Confusion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating or recalling details and instructions
  • Ordinary tasks require greater effort and consume more time
  • Interpersonal relations with coworkers suffer
  • Rarely admits errors or accepts blame for errors or oversights
  • Progressive deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene
  • Wearing long sleeves when inappropriate
  • Personality change – mood swings, anxiety, depression, lack of impulse control, suicidal thoughts or gestures
  • Increasing personal and professional isolation
Video Transcription

Firefighter Brent Union Rep. BobBrent: The support that I received from the men on the job since returning to work has been immense. There’s never been any one person questioning my work ability or my own self as being… or doing what I did… they’re proud of me.

Bob: The ghost is out of the closet. When members like Brent and the other members that have gone through the Last Door and returned to work, we try to stress confidentiality but once the members come back to work, well then everybody is aware of that. Then the members who are looking to these guys as role models are coming along going, well, I respect these guys, they’re my superiors, they’re exactly where I want to be in that time of my life and they’re admitting they’re getting help and they’re getting the right help, then maybe I won’t lost everything before I step up and get the help. So we’re finding that because of members that are willing to come forward and say “yep, I had a problem and I got help” the future members of the department are coming along going “okay it’s not so bad, I can admit that I need the help.”

Brent: there are instances through my life, drinking and driving charges, divorce, numerous breakups of relationships, issues with my children, basically I was starting to go in an abyss regarding my drinking. It was becoming unmanageable. I was missing work. I was not functioning as I was supposed to. Being a professional firefighter, I thought that I’d be looked down upon and that I wouldn’t get the same respect I had previously from my peers or the public themselves.

Bob: It’s hard for helpers to admit they need help, but uh, we can see, we live with each other so much and so often we know when members are starting to slide and probably before the member comes to Last Door the job is aware of their need for help.

Brent: I love my job. I always liked my job but part of my addiction was… I was starting to become dissatisfied with my job. I stepped through the door and basically I was at a loss. A lot of people came up to me and asked me my name, very friendly, very encouraging…

Bob: The members who have gone through the Last Door and returned to work, we’ve had a huge success rate with the Last Door. The members themselves have been beneficial in encouraging other members who are looking to go through with this service.

Brent: I was really scared to go back to work my first day. I felt like the elephant in the room like everyone was going to look at me. It wasn’t like that at all, it was really good. I would recommend to any employer to have their employees who need help to come to the Last Door. With the Last Door, you just can’t argue with their facts and their success rate. If you’re an employer and you care about your employee and getting him back to work, whether it’s locally here in Vancouver or anywhere in the province of any kind of industry, if you want them to get the help that’s gonna best be suited for your employee I would recommend the Last Door for sure without a doubt.