Offering a Fresh Start for Employees with Substance Abuse Problems

Briarwood works with a network of companies to provide employees with substance abuse problems effective and affordable addiction treatment. We strongly emphasize the importance of building a firm foundation in sobriety, starting with individualized detox. This process helps clients reach a stable, sober state and prepare for entry into a rehab program.

Our admissions team works directly with the client or the EAP representative to design an appropriate treatment plan that will meet the client’s needs and fulfill all EAP and employment requirements. Any progress reports or updates that are needed during detox treatment will be provided by our primary care staff.

Throughout the course of detox, our multidisciplinary approach will ensure thorough, comprehensive treatment that addresses the client’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Toward the end of the client’s program, our staff will provide individual recommendations for ongoing care and connect the client to the appropriate level of treatment. This may include residential or outpatient rehab.

Please call Briarwood Detox Center today to speak with an admissions representative about EAPs or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. We will be in touch with you shortly.

What Is an EAP?

An Employee Assistance Program (or EAP) is a free service that is provided as a benefit to employees. Typically, these programs are 100 percent paid by the employer and offer immediate, confidential assistance dealing with personal issues such as substance abuse, stress, physical or emotional abuse at home, or other issues that may interfere with productivity at work.

Many employers offer EAPs which may consist of the following services:

  • Short-term counseling
  • Referrals to detox, rehab, and/or sober living facilities
  • Referrals to recovery groups
  • Family support
  • Reintegration programs upon completion of treatment

Although every EAP program is different, their primary purpose is to provide personal assistance to employees who are struggling with personal issues.

Many EAPs also allow for an adjusted work schedule so employees can continue working while attending treatment. In some instances, it may be medically necessary for an eligible employee to take FMLA leave in order to complete detox and long-term rehab. Many EAPs allow for this and even help employees reintegrate into the workplace upon completion of their treatment, as doing so benefits both the employee and the company in the long-run.

Benefits of EAPs

Drug abuse in the workplace is not uncommon. In fact, 70 percent of drug-abusing Americans are employed either full or part-time. Companies and employees themselves often face severe consequences as a result, such as impaired employee productivity and performance, more frequent workplace accidents, increased absences and/or tardiness, and higher turnover. The financial strain is also quite significant, with workplace drug abuse costing employees about $81 billion every year. EAPs reduce or eliminate these negative consequences by providing the following benefits.

Benefits For Employers:

  • Fewer employee absences and tardies
  • Reduced injuries and fatalities in the workplace
  • Decreased instances of theft
  • Fewer workers’ compensation claims
  • Reduced legal costs
  • Significant ROI for EAP services

Benefits For Employees:

  • Private and immediate assistance with personal issues
  • Job security
  • Improved performance and productivity at work
  • Enhancement of overall health and wellness

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