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From joining forces with the Global Recovery Initiatives (GRI) Foundation, WPP, and iHeartMedia to create the National Opioid Action Coalition (NOAC), to hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual substance use disorder (SUD) Recovery Research Summit, bringing together a diverse group of more than 200 participants, FMG is committed to improving the resourcing of recovery. Learn more about our work in recovery.  
 
FMG’s multiyear pledge to measure national public opinion on aspects of SUD stigma, and the role companies should play in supporting employees in recovery from SUD, includes conducting the Substance Use Disorder Annual Trends Study (SUDATS) annually for the next 5 years. Specifically, the SUDATS will assess stigma associated with SUD, attitudes related to recovery, the need for employer-based recovery services, and consumer affinity to brands based on knowledge of supportive workplace SUD policies. View the initial 2021 survey results below.

In September 2021, FMG conducted a brief survey to help inform the development of the multi-year effort:

Sample Stats 

  • Nationally representative sample of 1,004 participants 
  • 11% (107) said they were in recovery or actively working towards recovery  
  • 87% (877) said they didn’t have personal experience with recovery 
  • 36% (365) said they know someone (family member, friend/acquaintance, or coworker) who is in recovery 

People in Recovery (currently or working towards) 

  • 70% agreed that a job interviewer wouldn’t hire them if they mentioned their substance history in a job interview.  
  • 61% agreed that they worry about other people finding out about their substance use history 
  • 35% said it’s been harder to access substance recovery support during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • 43% if we remove people who said they haven’t tried to access support 
  • 57% agreed that people would be scared of them if they knew about their substance use history 
  • 70% agreed that they’ve been in control of their substance recovery in the last year.  
  • 30% said they have not been in control of their substance recover in the last year.  

People Who Are Not in Recovery 

  • 81% agreed that most employers would be cautious of hiring someone who has been treated for substance use.  
  • 67% agreed that most people think less of a person who has been in treatment for substance use 
  • 35% said they don’t trust people who have a history of substance abuse. 

Employer Support  

  • 64% said it’s very/extremely important for employers to support substance use recovery programs for employees 
  • 93% said it was important if we count somewhat/very/extremely important answers here 
  • 54% said it’s very/extremely important for employers to provide coverage for substance recovery programs in employee benefits 
  • 89% said it was important if we count somewhat/very/extremely important answers here 
  • 54% said they were very/extremely likely to support a company that openly supports substance recovery efforts 
  • 94% if we count somewhat/very/extremely likely answers here 
  • 49% said they were very/extremely likely to purchase a product from a brand that supports addiction recovery 
  • 92% if we count somewhat/very/extremely likely answers 

Special thanks to Mobilize Recovery for the national stage to announce our pledge to conduct the SUDATS annually for the next 5 years, and our commitment to spurring greater corporate engagement to help combat the stigma surrounding SUD, increase awareness of what it means to be in recovery and drive adoption of corporate recovery workforce programs nationwide. For additional information contact us.

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