Employee Assistance Programs
An Effective Solution for Substance Abuse Problems in the Workplace
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Nova Recovery Center maintains established relationships with several companies and frequently communicates with EAP representatives, but we are always seeking to establish new partnerships. Our admissions specialists are also happy to assist individuals calling to inquire about Employee Assistance Programs or the FMLA/short-term disability process.
We offer drug and alcohol detox, intensive outpatient treatment, residential treatment, and aftercare services for individuals who are suffering from addiction. Our programs emphasize long-term continual treatment to address immediate problems associated with drug and alcohol addiction as well as root behavioral problems that have contributed to the addiction over time. The thorough care and intensive programs at Nova give each client the best opportunity for lasting sobriety.
During the enrollment process, a Nova admissions specialist works directly with the client or EAP representative to determine an appropriate treatment plan that will meet employment and EAP requirements while facilitating a full and sustained recovery. Additionally, if a lower level of care is deemed to be insufficient while the client is in treatment, he or she has the option to be admitted to a higher level of care for a more intensive treatment experience.
Throughout the duration of the client’s treatment program, the primary counselor will provide EAP representatives with regular progress reports and updates as requested. This process continues after the residential or outpatient program is completed if the client chooses to enroll in a sober living or addiction monitoring program.
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Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), 70 percent of Americans that abuse illegal drugs are employed. Many of these employees work in the mining, construction, food service, arts and entertainment industries, and substance abuse problems are often associated with longer work hours, physically demanding job requirements, and/or a particularly stressful work environment.
With the majority of substance abusers being a part of the workforce, it shouldn’t be surprising that drug and alcohol addiction play a large role in the overall efficiency and profitability of a company. Not only does drug abuse in the workplace cost employers about $81 billion annually, but it’s also associated with a number of other negative consequences, such as:
- More workplace accidents
- Increased number of workers’ compensation claims
- Higher turnover
- Increased theft
- Increased number of medical claim filings
- Reduced productivity and performance
- Safety risks for other non-substance-using employees
Additionally, employees themselves may experience negative consequences associated with substance abuse. Employees who suffer from addiction may experience the following difficulties at work:
- Problems concentrating and/or making sound decisions
- Frequent absences or tardiness
- Decreased productivity
- Frequent complaints about problems at home
- Deterioration of personal appearance and hygiene
- Avoidance of colleagues
- Careless mistakes and inconsistent work quality
- Extended lunch periods and breaks
All of these things may also damage the image of the company, reduce employee morale, and hurt overall productivity.
Additional Facts About Substance Abuse in the Workplace
- One-fifth of workers and managers report that a co-worker’s drinking habits (on or off-the-job) jeopardized their own productivity and safety.
- Employees with alcohol problems are 2.7 times more likely than employees without drinking problems to have injury-related absences.
- Marijuana and cocaine are the most commonly used and abused illegal drugs by employees. Prescription drug abuse is also common among employees.
- Employees who report having three or more jobs in the past five years are twice as likely to be current or previous drug abusers when compared to those who have had two or fewer jobs.
- 16 percent of ER patients who were injured at work had alcohol in their system.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): An Effective Solution
The development of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) can be traced all the way back to the 1800s. Today, there are more than 10,000 EAPs in the U.S. Many companies offer EAPs as an employee benefit and plans are typically 100% paid by the employer. Employees may use this service to deal with personal issues that interfere with their ability to perform well at work, such as substance abuse, stress, financial issues, and marital problems.
Covered employees suffering from addiction receive free, confidential substance abuse assistance in the form of short-term counseling and/or referrals to local rehab centers and recovery groups. Many EAPs also provide:
- Addiction education
- Family support
- Peer group programs
- Assistance re-integrating back into the workforce upon completion of treatment
These programs are beneficial to both parties because managers and supervisors have the tools they need to help an employee with personal problems and the employee can utilize the EAP to get addiction treatment and become a more productive member of the workforce without losing their job.
Many EAPs also provide employees with adjusted work schedules so they can attend treatment while working. Some eligible employees may also choose to take FMLA leave (when medically necessary) to enroll in an addiction rehab program. This gives them the opportunity to receive treatment without jeopardizing their employment status.
- Reduced employee absences
- Fewer employee injuries and fatalities
- Less theft
- Fewer workers’ compensation claims
- Decreased legal costs
- ROI between $3 and $10 per $1 invested in EAP services
- Job security
- Assistance resolving personal issues
- Immediate support available
- Increased performance at work
- Improvements in overall health and wellness
- Gender-specific treatment
- Evidenced-based treatment
- 12-Step immersion
- 90-day residential treatment
- Family program
- Full continuum of care
- Insurance and private pay
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