Employee Assistance Programs in the Workplace

Employee Assistance Programs in the Workplace

Does your workplace have an Employee Assistance Program, or EAP? EAPs provide a wide range of services and resources for employees who are facing personal or work-related issues, including substance abuse. These programs are effective at promoting the mental and physical health of employees. 

As a business or organization, you might have questions about EAPs, their cost and their ease of implementation. The good news is that EAPs are beneficial for employees and employers. To ensure this program supports a healthy workplace, it’s important to choose the right model. 

Below you will find more information on substance abuse in the workplace, the effects it has and how an EAP can help. 

Substance Abuse in the Workplace 

Substance abuse in the workplace is more prevalent than we often realize. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about one in 13 working adults has an alcohol use disorder. Drug abuse is also a problem, with some industries more affected than others. As an example, 15.6 percent of workers in construction and extraction live with a substance use disorder. 

Employees who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse miss far more days than other workers. They are also more likely to be injured on the job or fired from their job. As a result, employers face high turnover rates, high healthcare costs and low productivity. The most commonly abused drugs among working Americans are opioids, heroin and prescription drugs. 

Knowing that substance abuse in the workplace is a very real concern, it’s crucial for businesses and organizations to offer effective, accessible support for employees in need. This is exactly what EAPs are prepared to deliver. 

The Difference EAPs Can Make 

Employee Assistance Programs have far-reaching benefits. They deal with substance abuse, a sensitive topic that not many employers know how to address, as well as other personal and work-related problems. Let’s cover the key advantages these programs have to offer. 

  • Access to 24-hour support. EAPs provide 24-hour support by telephone, in person or through online media. If there is an issue, there is no need to wait for help. Plus, employees can call during a time that is private and convenient. 
  • Improve employee productivity. Productivity is directly tied to the health of your employees. When workers are overwhelmed, they are unable to perform at their highest level. An EAP solves underlying issues that could have a negative impact on performance. 
  • Develop a company culture. People work because they want to be a part of something bigger. Taking a culture-first mentality helps you build a motivated workforce. But, you can only do this by offering confidential wellness programs. 
  • Prevent escalation. It’s not unusual for substance abuse to start small, such as by going out for drinks after work. An EAP can help employees stop a problem before it turns into something more serious. 
  • Create a happy workplace. When employees are mentally and physically healthy, they are able to perform their best. This leads to a happier, more productive workplace that boosts your bottom line. 

Continuum Recovery Center Offers Outpatient Care for Working Professionals  

Even though EAPs can work with employees on a lot of issues, there are times when intervention is necessary. For employees struggling with substance abuse, an outpatient program is an incredible asset. It’s likely that your insurance company pays for some or all of outpatient care, so talk to your HR manager to get the details.  

Outpatient treatment is also flexible and supports work, school and other responsibilities. This means your employees can keep their jobs while getting professional help. With minimum disruption, productivity continues and privacy is maintained. For those who need more time in treatment, FMLA can be used to hold their job. 

Continuum Recovery Center offers various substance abuse treatment programs on an outpatient basis. We commonly work with business professionals to help them stay on track with their sobriety goals while developing healthy coping skills. Contact our treatment center to learn more about how our outpatient programs can support your EAP.