Hospitality and Addiction Recovery

Key facts about substance use in the hospitality industry

  • Illicit use of full-time workers, aged 18–64, was nearly 20 percent among workers in the food services industry, compared with an overall rate of 8.6 percent among the general working population.
  • Rates of addiction among workers in the hospitality industry were 16.9 percent, compared to 9.5 percent among the general working population.
  • Comparisons between substance use behavior in 2003–2007 data versus 2008–2012 data showed an increase (from 16.9 percent to 19.1 percent).

The hospitality industry is becoming more recovery-friendly

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