Recovery Friendly Workplaces

Substance Use Disorders (SUD) 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 a SUD, 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

Resources For Employees


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. To see a list of scheduled upcoming trainings and events, click here.

To schedule any of the following trainings, or to discuss a training that is needed but not on this list, contact Jennifer Goulet at or 603-259-3700 x212

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

Drug Recognition

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

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:

  • List the components, core values and guiding principles of recovery
  • Explore many dimensions of recovery and recovery coaching
  • Discover attitudes about self-disclosure and sharing your story
  • Describe the stages of change and its applications
  • Build skills to enhance relationships
  • Increase awareness of culture, power and privilege
  • Address ethical and boundary issues
  • Experience recovery wellness planning
  • Understand the stages of recovery
  • Practice newly acquired skills Ethics: How to “stay in your lane” as a recovery coach
  • Issues around relationship boundaries and role clarity
  • The ethical decision-making process
  • How to develop guidelines for ethical decisions – Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate
  • Confidentiality issues with respect to treatment and other healthcare providers, and non-treatment organizations SP: Identify the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide.
  • Understand the correlation between suicide, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and mental health.
  • Gain the ability to talk about suicide, using person first language to reduce stigma and promote help seeking behavior.
  • Understand the local and national statistics regarding suicide.
  • Describe the role of Recovery Coaches in suicide prevention.
  • Recall and practice strategies for suicide prevention.
  • Understand crisis protocol as a response to suicide prevention. HIV: Explain the disease transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Hepatitis B (HBV).
  • Describe the process and benefits of testing for HIV/AIDS, HCV, and HBV.
  • Identify the disease progression for HIV/AIDS and how to assess a clients’ risks along that progression.
  • Give examples of ways to support clients in prevention, treatment and diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.
  • Recognize the correlation between these diseases and substance use in many clients.
  • Give examples of harm-reduction strategies for clients.
  • Identify the legal rights for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
  • Describe how recovery support workers can help dispel the culture of stigma related to HIV/AIDS.

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

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