What Is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
- Stress management
- Balancing work and family life
- Handling grief
- Employee education
- Short-term counseling
- Treatment referrals
- Community groups (Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, etc.)
Employees struggling with alcohol and drug abuse can cause significant problems for employers. Substance abuse takes employees who are usually high performers and impacts their ability to function effectively in the workplace.2 There are certain performance indicators that suggest an employee has problematic substance use, such as:
- Attendance problems
- Ongoing pattern of low quantity or poor quality of work
- Behavioral problems in the workplace
- Problematic interactions with customers or colleagues
When an employer notices that an employee may have a problem with their alcohol or drug use, they can refer them to some EAP resources.
Finding Recovery From Alcoholism With an EAP
There are three main types of employee assistance programs: in-house/internal programs, external programs, and blended programs. Each employer has the option to decide what to provide in terms of EAP resources. If you’re hoping to end your struggles with substance use, reaching out to your employer or human resources department is the first place to start. They will help you understand your options and identify the programs they have available.
Some employers also offer treatment referrals and, you can talk with them to find an addiction treatment facility that suits your schedule and needs. Silver Pines Treatment partners with numerous EAP resources to help employees find recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Our detox and residential treatment programs are the perfect first step for anyone seeking freedom from the confines of substance abuse.