Combating the Substance Abuse Epidemic Through Employee Benefit Programs
HR Daily Advisor
MARCH 12, 2018
In addition to the damage addiction causes individuals and their families, the estimated economic costs of employee substance abuse—a staggering $442 billion in annual losses due to decreased worker attendance, lower productivity, and poor health—have grown into a financial leviathan for employers. An employee assistance program (EAP) is a non-major-medical plan that provides a wide variety of services, including (in most cases) assistance with alcohol and substance abuse.