Recreational drugs and your wellbeing


We all have a vice, something we enjoy, that helps us switch off. Maybe we enjoy it a little too much!

It may be something quite harmless like chocolate, there are probably plenty of chocoholics among us!

For others it may be things that are more damaging to our health and wellbeing such as drugs.

We don’t want to sound preachy about drugs. But we do want our friends and colleagues to be as healthy as possible, feel great and be safe at work.

So we wanted to talk about drug usage and our health… in case it helps you or someone you know.

Drugs in your system

Firstly, it’s good to understand how long drugs can be detected in your system.

You may not be ‘under the influence’ for example, taken something during working hours. But taking drugs when you are outside work its likely to be in your system at work.

For some drugs this could be weeks – leaving you open to being detected in drug tests.

How long do you think the following are detectable in your system?

Cannabis will stay in your system for around 6 weeks.

Cocaine can stay in your system for 3 – 10 days, although for heavy users they can test positive around 2 weeks later.

MDMA will stay in your system for around 4 days

Ketamine will stay in your system around 11 days.

Opiates such as heroin, codeine and morphine will stay in your system for 2-7 days

Your health & wellbeing

We don’t need to tell you about how it impacts your health.

But it’s easy to neglect the impact drugs have on your wellbeing.

You can be left trying to ‘chase the high’ and when you never get that feeling, it can leave you feeling incredibly low.

Most stimulant drugs will leave you with a ‘comedown’, the days after taking the drug you will feel tired, depressed, anxious, and unwell.

There are also longer term impacts, such as:

  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Your nervous system begins to not function properly
  • Anxiety

The risks

If you take drugs, you are most likely aware of the risks.

As they are not regulated, you never truly know what you are taking. It may be cut with other substances that are potentially deadly.

Without knowing the strength of what you are taking it can easily lead to an accidental overdose. Mixing alcohol and drugs is extremely dangerous.

When put in an environment where drugs are around, it’s your choice to make the right decision.

The consequences

After not being able to go out for so long it is easy to get carried away and want to make up for lost time.

Assess the situation and consider if it is really worth it. Not only the health impact but also the financial loss. If you are using on a regular basis, it can really add up!

GKR’s Policy

We know you’re probably all aware of our policy, however a reminder that we have a zero tolerance policy on drugs at GKR.

As we come out of COVID we’re noticing an increase in random drug testing on site so this may be a good time to think about your usage or consider giving up.

You may be required by the client to undergo a drug and alcohol test on site. If you fail, you will be removed from site and may be banned from all of the clients’ other projects.

If you’re worried about your drug use and want to quit, have a look at some of the links below:

Useful Apps:

Sober Grid

Quit That!

Sober Tool


Addiction Helpline – 07811 606 606.

FRANK – 0300 123 6600

Cocaine Anonymous – 0800 612 0225

Narcotics Anonymous- 0300 999 1212

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