Although it is not something many people realize, drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace is quite prevalent. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports 70 percent of the 14.8 million Americans who abuse drugs are employed. Additionally, 24 percent of workers admit drinking during the day at least once in the past year.Given the high percentage of employees struggling with drug or alcohol related issues, employers should have a stake in ensuring employees have access to treatment options. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrative replacing an employee costs 25 percent to almost 200 percent of annual compensation – excluding loss of institutional knowledge, productivity, absenteeism and company morale. Ultimately, treatment for employees, with the goal of life-long recovery, should be a top priority for Hoosier businesses.As open enrollment closes for the year – and many employers have changed insurance companies and coverage plans – it’s important to understand what options are available to employees in terms of drug and alcohol treatment plans. Businesses need to reach out to those of us in the substance-use disorder field to learn how to help employers navigate the various health insurance programs and to serve as advocates… Read full this story
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