EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
Keeping a job becomes more difficult with each passing day when addiction is part of your life. Getting to work and performing your best become giant hurdles to overcome, even if you have always loved your work and demonstrated skill at what you do. This can be a very scary time, particularly if you need the job to support yourself and people you love. And this is where an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Employee Assistance Programs serve four primary purposes for the employer:
- Employee training and education
- Confidentiality in employee record keeping
- Addiction treatment counseling
- Assistance with obtaining addiction treatment
What is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
When you want to maintain your employment but must confront an addiction, getting treatment may seem like a complicated challenge. Because so many Americans struggle with substance abuse, EAP programs were developed to help people in the workplace get help they need while also helping them to keep their jobs.
Your Employee Assistance Program is accessible through the employer’s human resources department. Not all companies offer this benefit. But for those that do, employees can get the treatment they need without the heavy burden of worry about their future employment.
Not just designed to help with substance abuse, Employee Assistance Programs can address different personal issue affecting daily work performance. If you know that your company has an EAP in place, opening a dialogue with your human resource department is the first step to gaining access to those benefits.
It can be a frightening proposition to admit you have a substance abuse problem to anyone at work. But through Employee Assistance Programs, accessing this benefit is the best means of holding onto your job. You can start the conversation with your HR representative by asking if the company has an Employee Assistance Program and telling the representative that you are inquiring about the necessary steps to take a leave of absence.
Employee Assistance Programs are implemented to help employees decrease absenteeism while maintaining work quality and productivity. They are also meant to help ensure that accidents do not happen while at work. Such benefits are offered to help both the employee and the employer, as an EAP can help manage operating and worker’s compensation insurance costs down when there are personal issues affecting how employees perform.
How Is Help Provided By An Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
When you seek EAP assistance, the program representative (either from inside the company or an external service provider) will assess your situation and develop a treatment plan. He or she may initially set up counseling sessions in order to determine the best type of treatment for you, as well as to help in the treatment planning process. The developed treatment plan will likely include adjustment of your job schedule, work responsibilities or other job factors while allowing you the opportunity to get the help you need.
The program representative may determine that incorporating a leave of absence in your treatment plan is beneficial, to accommodate addiction treatment at a residential treatment facility. In other cases, outpatient treatment may be considered more appropriate for getting the appropriate help.
If you prefer or require residential treatment, the Family Medical Leave Act laws allow employees to take up to three months of leave for personal medical needs. If your company falls within FMLA guidelines, you can use this period of time to enter treatment. FMLA leave time can be taken all at once, in a block of 12 weeks, or in scheduled time off for 12-step program meetings and for other treatment associated needs.
Starting the Conversation In Your Workplace About Addiction Treatment
Keeping your job and maintaining privacy while considering treatment can be a sensitive issue. Recovery in Motion, a Tucson-based residential treatment center for affordable addiction recovery, understands your concerns. Recovery in Motion works closely with patients utilizing their Employee Assistance Program and FMLA benefits to enter treatment while maintaining their employment.
Call Recovery in Motion now at 866-849-0901 to learn more about how to start the conversation with your HR representative. Recovery in Motion can help you explore how to gain access to benefits provided through your Employee Assistance Program and the FMLA for the treatment you need. Don’t wait – call us today and begin your recovery.