It’s fair to say that the ongoing stress and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has without a doubt led to an increased demand in not only mental health services but addiction services. With conditions like anxiety and depression going through the roof, so too have the misuse of opioids and stimulants, be it prescription drugs or recreational drugs.

Experts have suggested that while the stress increase, brought on by COVID-19 amongst other things, has led to an increase in addiction, it isn’t the only cause. In fact, there are a great deal of industries that would appear to find themselves predisposed to the use of drugs and addiction problems as a result.

Today we’re looking at how addiction has affected the sales industry or rather, how the sales industry has affected addiction.

Addiction Among Salespeople

Working within sales is a hugely high pressure and extremely competitive job. Due to the stress and strain that can often be placed upon someone working with this environment, alcohol has become commonplace, often infused with the culture itself. For many within this sector, the presence of alcohol has now become a problem too, however many questions where sales people and the personality types that flock to this industry are simply more prone to addiction.

For now, there is clearly a need for more research in this area as the answer remains to be seen however, it’s also worth noting that many join this particular industry, who may already have a problem with addiction and find their addiction being exacerbated due to the alcohol infused cultures. Whatever the reason, one of the biggest questions we should be asking ourselves, is why people within the sales industry who may have never had an issue before, turn to alcohol in the first place? And to put it simply, there are numerous contributory factors. The two main factors however are considered to be…

  • Alleviating stress
  • Continued presence of alcohol when entertaining clients

Whatever the reason is, alcohol consumption that leads to addiction has undoubtedly changed the sales industry as the sector now looks to help stop this culture and change the future of the sales sector, moving it away from an alcohol soaked industry to one that helps prevent and should it be needed, support their workers in order to address problems there and then.

What Is The Sales Industry Doing To Help?

It’s evident from current changes that the sales industry realises it needs to take steps towards changing not only its policies and processes but it’s culture too. Just like many other industries, the sales industry is taking active steps to develop a supportive workplace, offering more consistency in its approach (workplace training) and its responses to addiction within its field.

Employers are now striving to put in place workplace training such as that provided by Infinity Addiction Solutions. Infinity Addiction Solutions are a private rehab group with multiple facilities throughout Essex and London. They offer a wide range of training that more and more companies within the sales industry are beginning to utilise. These include:

  • Drug & Alcohol Misuse Training
  • Drug & Alcohol Workplace Policies
  • Workplace Testing
  • Supporting Employees
  • Training & Consultancy
  • Workplace Legislation

Through its training, Infinity Addiction Solutions hopes to show the sales sector that workplaces offer a great opportunity for early detection as well as intervention and support. It’s also important that the sales sector now recognises the need and ability to change its culture for the better, through the use of policies and processes, whether they’re taught by a company such as Infinity Addiction Solutions or elsewhere. By making active steps towards changing the culture, organisations can begin to protect their employees and mitigate the risk and dangers we’ve seen within the industry previously.

The overall aim of implementing the above mentioned drug and alcohol policies isn’t to discipline and ‘rid’ the company of those suffering, but instead provide a supportive network that helps those struggling with addiction and better still, develop an environment where alcohol and drug addiction becomes less prevalent and eventually, obsolete. It’s imperative that for any policies and processes to be successful, the culture must support it.

While there has been some research to suggest those with alcohol addictions may seek out the sales force, it’s worth noting that by ensuring an alcohol and drug free culture, the sales sector will be showing itself to be actively taking steps toward preventing further development of any addictions that may be prevalent. Workplace training for both employer and employee will be a great addition to this changing culture.

There Is Help Available

For those working in the sales industry who may be struggling, please know there is help available. Professional treatment services, whether you opt for residential treatment or outpatient treatment is available. Infinity Addiction Solutions are just one of the numerous private treatment facilities that can offer you treatment there and then, when you need it most.

While the NHS does offer treatment, there can and often is a long waiting list. With private addiction rehab services, you can access the treatment you need as soon as you need it. Infinity Addiction Solutions boast treatment facilities throughout Essex and London, providing professional treatment options for a range of addictions, as well as a first-class aftercare service. If you’d like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact Infinity Addiction Solution on 0800 334 5541.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.