Fighting Addiction in the Construction Industry | Banyan Mass

Fighting Addiction in the Construction Industry

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Workers in the construction industry face unique challenges in their workplace daily.

Unfortunately, many of these challenges can pave the way for addiction. Though opioid overdoses in Massachusetts are declining overall, opioids are a huge threat in the construction industry. Construction workers accounted for nearly 25% of all fatal opioid overdoses among the Massachusetts workforce from 2011 to 2015, and they are six times more likely to have a fatal opioid overdose. 1

At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we are committed to helping those in the construction industry find sobriety. We know that there is a strong workplace connection between construction workers and addiction, with the physically demanding labor of construction leading to an uptick of opioid addiction in the construction industry. As workers are injured on the job, they are prescribed dangerous opioids and addictions can quickly form. But with the help of opioid addiction treatment in Massachusetts, workers can get and stay sober.

Opioid Addiction in the Construction Industry

Opioids are among the most common drugs abused by blue-collar workers, especially for workers in the construction industry. A painkiller prescription can quickly turn into an addiction, and then the problems only get worse. Workers may initially begin by taking prescribed opioids for a workplace injury and quickly become addicted, or they may choose to keep taking opioids so they do not miss out on work. Opioid addiction can become deadly, but there are other ways to treat pain without drugs.

Recently, Massachusetts construction companies worked to bring this growing problem in the industry to light.

An early June work stoppage brought attention to the problem of addiction in the construction industry, and many leaders are working to help diminish the problem. Construction trade groups, labor unions, and companies are working to help provide workers with the resources they need to get sober.

Treating Addiction in the Construction Industry

At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we offer industry-specific drug and alcohol treatment programs. This includes opioid addiction treatment for blue-collar workers in the construction industry. If you are struggling with addiction, or if you have a loved one who is dealing with opioid addiction, our team is here to help. Our Joint Commission Accredited treatment center near Boston can treat opioid addiction, prescription pill addiction, and more.

We also take a construction industry-specific approach to treatment for patients needing tailored treatment plans. It’s time to build a better future, call 888-280-4763 to get started.


  1. WBUR – Work Stops At Construction Sites As Industry Calls Attention To Drug Addiction Among Its Workers

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.