Recovery Friendly Workplaces

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) cost New Hampshire’s business economy $1.5 Billion due to impaired productivity and absenteeism. It’s been proven that workplaces that implement health and safety programs retain a healthier and more productive workforce. In fact, workers in recovery miss 5 fewer days than those with SUDs, saving a company more than $3200 per year.

With those facts in mind, the Recovery Friendly Workforce Initiative (RFWI) was created. The RFWI is a national program that gives businesses essential resources and support encouraging the success of their employees who are in recovery by fostering a safe and recovery friendly environment.

AskPETRA is supporting this initiative locally in two ways:

  • The development and facilitation of a Northern NH Recovery Friendly Workplace Advisory Group. This group meets bimonthly and serves as a collaborative effort for support, education, and resources for local certified RFWs and businesses who may be seeking more information in becoming one. For more information contact Jennifer Goulet at
  • The creation of the RFW toolkit found below. This toolkit contains forms, pdfs, contacts, and other information necessary to support current and future RFWs. It’s a living document and will continue to be updated as the RFW Advisory Group continues to build resources to share. We invite you to explore below and to contact AskPETRA for more information, or to add your own.

More information on the statewide Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative can be found the NH RFW website.

Resources for Employers

Employer Cost Calculator

The National Safety Council has collaborated with an independent research institution, NORC at the University of Chicago, to update “The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers” tool, originally developed in 2017 with national nonprofit Shatterproof. This cost calculator is an authoritative, easy-to-use tool providing business leaders with specific information about the cost of substance use (including prescription drug use and misuse, alcohol use and misuse, opioid and heroin addiction, as well as use of other illicit drugs and cannabis) in their workplace based on size of employee base, industry and state. Calculate your workplace costs here.

Screening For Risk

Screening for risk is simply a tool that is helpful in starting a conversation about someone’s substance use. The CAGE-AID Toolkit below can help.

Resources For Employees

Medication Assisted Treatment
Screening For Risk

Screening for risk is simply a tool that is helpful in starting a conversation about someone’s substance use. The CAGE-AID Toolkit below can help.


Schedule a training with an AskPETRA Community Health Worker/ Recovery Coach

AskPETRA offers a wide-range of trainings which can be customized to the needs of your organization or business. Designated Recovery Friendly Workplaces in Northern NH receive a 50% discount on all AskPETRA trainings.

For more information, contact Jennifer Goulet at

AskPETRA as a Resource for You and Your Employees: Understand how to use AskPETRA for resources and referrals to assist employees in overcoming barriers.

Drug Recognition

Naloxone/ Narcan access and Administration: Insight on administering naloxone/ Narcan, practicing safeguards, where to access naloxone/ Narcan, and proper storage.

Referring Employees to the Wellness and Recovery Model (WARM): Understanding the benefits of connection to the WARM program as support for employees with SUD or in recovery.

Recovery Coach Bootcamp: Recovery Coach Bootcamp provides the four trainings required to become a Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW). Trainings include: Recovery Coach Academy, Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches, HIV/AIDS and Other Infectious Diseases, and Suicide Prevention. The accredited trainings are taught within a 4 month time frame and build upon each other to maximize learning and retention. NCHC provides these trainings twice a year in an effort to increase the recovery support workforce in Northern NH.

How to Manage Bias– Having the tough conversation about Substance Use Disorder

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