Substance abuse is a growing concern among flight attendants, and early intervention and effective treatment is essential for improving outcomes and reducing the negative impacts of substance abuse on both personal and professional life.

Increased Risk Of Substance Abuse In Flight Attendants

Substance abuse among flight attendants is a complex issue, with multiple factors contributing to its prevalence.

  • Long hours
  • Stress
  • Easy access to drugs and alcohol
  • Travel
  • Long time away from home

are some of the reasons why flight attendants may turn to substance abuse. Studies have shown that flight attendants have higher rates of substance abuse compared to the general population.

The consequences of substance abuse for flight attendants can be severe and far-reaching. Substance abuse can affect personal relationships, and work performance, and lead to legal and professional consequences. Substance abuse can also impact the health and safety of both the flight attendant and the passengers they serve.

Addiction Treatment For Flight Attendants

There are several effective substance abuse treatment options available for flight attendants. Flight attendants have a comprehensive EAP program called FADAP. FADAP is a substance-abuse prevention program, created and promoted for and by the flight attendant profession and funded by the FAA that helps flight attendants gain access to care including:

  • Medical Detox
  • Inpatient treatment & Rehab
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Medications-assisted treatment
  • Behavioral therapy

Accessing substance abuse treatment can be a challenge for flight attendants. Stigma and discrimination, lack of access to treatment, confidentiality concerns, and interference with work schedules are some of the barriers that flight attendants may face in seeking treatment.

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FADAP EAP Program For Substance abuse

Employers have a crucial role to play in addressing substance abuse among flight attendants. Employers can provide access to treatment, protect the confidentiality, support employees in recovery, and offer an Employee Assistance Program. By taking these steps, employers can help reduce the negative impacts of substance abuse and support flight attendants in their journey to recovery.

The FADAP program is revolutionary in a sense because it is a peer-run program with managers from 25 different airline carriers that started in March 2009 at the “Return to the Cabin” Summit and received funding from the FAA. This makes it possible for flight attendants to have treatment paid for at an executive-focused rehab like The Ridge Ohio.

Flight Attendant Drug And Alcohol Program Value Statement

  • Substance Use Disorders are preventable and treatable chronic illnesses
  • Left unaddressed, we all pay the price in numerous ways
  • FADAP is dedicated to preventing and reclaiming personal and economic loss

Receive Immediate & Confidential Substance Use Treatment If You Are An Airline Employee

Substance abuse is a serious issue among flight attendants and airline employees in general. Early intervention and access to effective treatment are essential for improving outcomes in any executive profession. Doctors And Lawyers have similar struggles and The Ridge Professional Program is built to treat individuals with these specific needs. Employers have a crucial role in addressing substance abuse and reducing the stigma surrounding it. With the right support and resources, flight attendants can overcome substance abuse and lead healthy, productive lives. Contact us today to start your recovery journey at The Ridge Ohio.



  1. Ballard, T.J., Lauria, L., Mazzanti, C., Romito, P., Verdecchia, A., & Vigiliano, V. (2006). Self-perceived health and mental health among women flight attendantsOccupational and Environmental Medicine63(1), 33-38.
  2. More About FADAP (pulled February 9th 2023)