Addiction impacts workplaces and businesses all around the country. Of adults with a substance use disorder, approximately 12 million (60%) are employed full-time. In addition to higher absenteeism and lower job productivity and performance, substance use disorders also lead to greater health care expenses for injuries and illnesses. Overall, addiction costs employers around the country nearly $100 billion, and the economy more than $1 trillion per year.
It is essential that employers understand the science of addiction, it's prevalence among working adults, and the costs related to productivity, workplace injuries, and health.
Addiction Policy has launched the Employer Initiative to help employers support their associates through prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Addiction Policy Employer Initiative Partnership includes educational materials to share with employees, along with access to a 24/7 alcohol and drug helpline staffed by counselors.
The helpline will also offer employers and employees the ability to receive advice on how to address an issue with a person they suspect may have a substance use disorder.
A great place to start is learning the science of addiction. Arm yourself with the knowledge, science and language to understand the disease of addiction. Learn more about substance use disorder in Addiction 101.
The language often used to describe addiction is been inaccurate and marginalizing. Up your vocabulary, so you can talk the talk as you walk the walk of supporting your employees in their treatment and recovery process. Learn all you need to know with Language Matters.
Treatment works, but only if your employees can afford it. Providing plans with adequate coverage for evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders is critical to supporting your team member.
Addiction Policy Forum is determined to reach the 12 million Americans and their families who rely on employers to offer a helping hand as they seek assistance to address their disease. Will you and your company join us in tackling this illness affecting millions of employees throughout the country? Learn more about companies implementing the Employer Initiative to build a better workplace for their teams.