A Bridge Too Far: Employee Assistance Programs Should Focus More on Opioid Addiction Prevention

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) can be a valuable method for helping people with an opioid addiction, reports Hartford Business.com. EAPs were often used in the 1950s and 1960s to steer some workers to alcohol abuse programs. “Today, however, opioids have replaced alcohol as a major substance of choice among people looking for synthetic relief from life’s day-to-day demands or an addiction.”

The opioid crisis is expected to increase and some experts feel that EAPs could be the way employers can induce employees who need help to get it. At least in the best of all worlds. However, experts fear that some employers have altered the original mission of EAPs, making them a tool for punishment, rather than a method of assistance.

Employer consultant Joel Bennett says that opioid assistance under many EAPs are revolving doors and do not place enough emphasis on prevention.

Hartford Business.com: “The solution, some say, could be as simple as teaching workers better ways to manage their money, which might curb the incidences of domestic abuse, depression and other mental-health issues that prompt victims to self-medicate.”

Source: HartfordBusiness.com