Leidos helps to provide opportunities for those in long-term recovery
Leidos is committed to finding new resources and solutions to not just the opioid epidemic, but a broader range of mental health issues affecting our society. Through this work, Leidos recently teamed with Oxford House and eCoveryCareers to publicize company job opportunities for qualified individuals in long-term recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) and substance use disorder (SUD).
Working with Oxford House, a network of recovery homes, and eCoveryCareers, a job portal for those in recovery, Leidos plans to support the placement of qualified job candidates in recovery by providing a healthy workplace environment.
“Our efforts to reduce stigma around employee OUD/SUD and mental health concerns creates a favorable workplace environment where new employees in long-term recovery can prosper,” said Melissa Dueñas, Leidos senior vice president. “We are excited to work with Oxford House and eCoveryCareers to continue helping our community persevere.”
Workplaces can provide an additional support system for individuals in long-term recovery. Those in recovery struggle to get their lives and careers back on track following treatment. Their confidence is often fragile and the societal and workplace stigma surrounding SUD complicates their return to work and a sense of normalcy. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) indicates that recovery-supportive workplaces promote a work culture and climate supportive of workers in recovery with measures such as stigma reduction, awareness building, and health-focused events.
Joining forces with Oxford House and eCoveryCareers builds on Leidos’ commitment to prioritizing the mental health of employees, their families, and the communities where we live and work. The company’s ongoing efforts, including the CEO Pledge to End Addiction (and Collaborative Action Group) and the Mission for the Mind: Advancing Mental Health Solutions campaign are additional ways Leidos is providing opportunities for people in recovery to return to their productive lives. Earlier this year the company teamed with the Baltimore Ravens to support Oxford House recovery homes in Maryland. Under that initiative, Leidos and the Baltimore Ravens provided much-needed funds and materials to aid new residents in their recovery journey. To date, the initiative has helped support close to 70 Oxford House residents.
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