What is a …
Recovery Friendly Employer ?

New Hampshire remains #3 hardest hit in the nation for fatal overdoses per capita, behind West Virginia and Ohio. Employers across the US are losing over $100 billion a year due to employee drug and alcohol issues in lost revenue, decreased productivity, and increased absenteeism; in NH it’s close to $2.5 billion.

There are also an estimated 27 million people in recovery from addiction – many of whom cannot find a job because of a criminal history. Is being in Recovery something to disclose in a job interview? What if the employer views addiction as a choice or a moral failing, or doesn’t want to risk hiring someone due to potential liability?

NH employers are looking outside of policies and procedures to find solutions so they can ‘get back to business’. Now employers can create working environments conducive to supporting people and preventing relapse. And it not only helps employers and potential employees, it also builds meaningful social connections between people –which is key to ending substance abuse and addiction.

Reality Check shows employers how to shift workplace culture from zero tolerance to actively supporting people, and how to earn Governor Sununu’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Designation.

Below is Reality Check’s declaration as an active Recovery Friendly Workplace, and is being freely shared as a template for any employer seeking to become a Recovery Friendly Employer.


Reality Check, is a nonprofit in Jaffrey, NH providing comprehensive addiction services and is committed to creating a recovery-friendly, stigma-free workplace for our staff, volunteers, and users of services.
 We work to build a culture of collaboration, develop resiliency in people and social inclusion in communities, and to rebuild the lives of people affected by addiction.  To that end,

Reality Check will:

  • Provide training for the Certified Recovery Support Worker credential and scholarships up to $300 per year to staff, volunteers, and users of services;

  • Allot 5% of its budget to prevention education, residential treatment costs, and recovery supports for staff;

  • Provide onsite supports including smoking cessation resources, gym memberships, and physical activity for staff, volunteers, and users of services;

  • Designate onsite space for recovery meetings during and after office hours for staff, volunteers, and users of services;

  • Ensure human resources hiring policies and procedures are recovery-friendly for all staff;

  • Provide recovery-oriented employment supports to staff, volunteers, and users of services who are in new recovery..

  • Provide referrals to diverse community partners to streamline holistic services, options, and supports to users of services.


Mary Drew, MEd, MS, CPS
Reality Check, Founder & CEO
11 Years in Recovery, 2019

Monadnock Region Employers -
Please Join Us!


WHEN: October 2, 2019
Grand View Estate, Jaffrey
9am - 3:30pm 

Reality Check and featured speakers will show interested employers how to shift workplace culture from zero tolerance to actively supporting people who are in recovery or who struggle with substance use issues.

Employers will also learn how to earn Governor Sununu’s Recovery Friendly Workplace Designation.

AUDIENCE:  CEO/COOs, Directors, Senior Mgt Human Resource Directors, Department Heads, and Supervisors.

*Must be an employer in the Monadnock Region of NH and register max of 2 registrants/business.

Shannon Bresaw - RFW Program Overview
Kate Frey - Economic Impact of Abuse to NH
Gina Riordan - Drug-Free Workplace ~ PA
Leaf Seligman - Meaningful Engagement
Mark Lefebvre - NH Works For Recovery
Jackie Mitchell - Badger - What We Do."

COST:  *Early-bird end 9/18/19
Admission: $150 or $100 Early-bird
Nonprofits: $100 or $75 Early-bird
LUNCH:   Provided by Cafe 532


For more info email Nicole at: Nicole@RealityCheckNow.org