COVID-19 has changed the American workplace in a variety of ways, including deeply impacting the mental health of employees in every industry. Fear of infection and death, economic uncertainty, disrupted work patterns and the ripple-effects of widespread shutdowns have professionals more vulnerable to depression, anxiety and self-medication with alcohol and drugs use.
Alcohol consumption has spiked during the pandemic, due to social isolation and strain on mental health, and drug overdose deaths topped 81,000, the highest year on record. The pandemic has created the perfect storm for substance use disorder (SUD), and it’s not going to end even though things are supposedly getting back to normal, and people are going back to work.
As employees head back to work, many are bringing the substance use and mental health issues they developed during the pandemic with them, jeopardizing the safety of your employees and the productivity of your workforce and significantly exposing your company to unnecessary legal liability:
The Recovery Unplugged Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is committed to helping companies just like you educate their employees on the impact of workplace substance abuse and help make it easier for them to access life-saving treatment when they and their families need it. We are in-network with most major insurance companies and work with companies in every industry to help protect and care for their staff.
A research study from Recovery Unplugged illustrates the profound benefits of addiction treatment and recovery for both employees and employers: