More employees are using substances to cope with stress

Drug and substance abuse is becoming a significant problem for South African businesses.

Riverview Manor clinical psychologist Andre Brink says many people are abusing alcohol and prescription or recreational drugs which leads to them not performing at work.

It’s believed that, in 2014, substance abuse cost the South African economy about R40bn.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show, Brink says more awareness on substance abuse is needed.

What we see is that the economy has led to increasing pressures in the job market and it is taking its toll on the employees.

Andre Brink, Clinical psychologist - Riverview Manor

That has led to an increase in substances as a means of escape, typically over-the-counter substances and prescription medication.

Andre Brink, Clinical psychologist - Riverview Manor

More employees are using substances as a means of trying to cope with stress. This has led to people not performing.

Andre Brink, Clinical psychologist - Riverview Manor

Listen to the full interview below...


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