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Untreated drug and alcohol-addicted adults can cause health, safety, and financial strain in various sectors of our communities. Because the majority of substance abusers are working adults, workplace treatment programs have become significant in helping establish treatment to a potentially unsupported group. Through treatment options like Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), employers can provide services that protect their productivity levels and decrease costs, while also providing support to their employees and community. In addition to preventative measures, screening and assessment tools can assist employers in chemical dependency detection efforts. Inpatient and outpatient treatment options can then become critical towards the recovery goals for employees who require more help. Addiction in itself is often misunderstood, which results in barriers to much needed services, such as a lack of sufficient insurance coverage. The increased development and utilization of workplace addiction programs towards employee addiction issues could provide cost savings and higher levels of productivity in the workforce.
Lovas, Kacie, "Addiction in the Workplace: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment Options" (2018). Counselor Education Capstones. 82.
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