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Addiction Treatment Solutions in the Workplace Saves Businesses Money- and Improves Company Morale 

Each year the substance abuse epidemic costs over $1 trillion in lost wages, emergency response costs, criminal justice decreased productivity, and other related expenses. 

Recognizing the signs of substance abuse disorders in employees or peers can help to mitigate business costs and loss of labor as well as reduce employee turnover and promote retention. By providing access to information and treatment resources for working professionals, Niznik Behavioral Health helps companies support those who support them.

Employers and employees are both empowered with access to EAP counseling and EAP mental health services for bonafide mental health disorders. More than 20 million Americans suffer with both substance use disorders, alcohol use disorders, and undiagnosed mental illnesses.
 
Untreated substance use disorders and mental health conditions manifest at work producing low company morale, inefficiency in the workplace, increased employee fatigue, anxiety, and mounting depression. Among many of the misidentified causes of distress in the workplace are the external forces outside of the office.

Understanding Mental & Emotional Health Catapults Profits and Surges Professional Careers

The most productive businesses treat their employees well-- and they have a vested interest in doing so, beyond human decency: happy employees means more revenue, increased revenue allows businesses to expand, evolve, and promote from within. 

EAP counseling for workers and CEOs alike is smart business. 

Reducing anxiety, sickness, and depression in the workplace solidifies company loyalty, forges a personal bond and interest, encouraging a meaningful work connection. When employees are engaged, and committed to company aspirations, they make millions for their companies. 
Vitality is crucially important for company workflow- employment assistance programs make it happen. 
Harmony between employer, employee, and the business is achieved by tackling the underlying external problems employers and employees face alike. These may include: maladaptive coping behaviors, emotional outburts, anger management problems, chronic crying episodes, debilitating anxiety, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and trauma, and financial insecurity. 
The rub is, many without training in mental health or addiction medicine miss the red flags of an undiagnosed condition- that is where EPA programs bridge the gap between employer engagement and employee necessities to continue working as efficiently as possible. 

Addiction in the Workplace: Recognizing the Signs

As a disease of the mind addiction reprograms one’s thought patterns, prioritizing itself over all else. Drug and alcohol abuse disorders make it difficult to focus on work, school, or other obligations. In the workplace, substance abuse can create any variety of issues:

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Attendance issues
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Loss of productivity
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Increased risk of work-related accidents
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Risky, impulsive actions which can negatively affect business
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Communication issues

For employers, spotting the signs of substance abuse can be difficult. Some common symptoms to look for include:

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Changes in work performance
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Sudden tardiness or absences
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Decrease in personal hygiene
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Signs of intoxication or withdrawal symptoms at work
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Unaccounted for disappearances
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Identifying Potential Mental Health Problems in the Workplace

In the United States half of the population will experience a mental health disorder during their lifetime. Companies need not fear this fact, but they must indeed respond to it to ensure employee wellness and overall business success. 

Many human resource departments are not equipped to help employees overcome loss and grief, anxiety, depression, anger management problems, unstable housing situations, or domestic violence. Employee suffering largely goes unaddressed- but it is felt in the loss of $550 billion per year.

Simply because available EAP resources were not implemented.
Untreated mental health disorders are rife within all ranks of employees- from the bottom tier, to management, and C-level officers. It’s normal; an everyday occurrence that no one is talking about. 
Until now.

Addiction & Mental Health Recovery Resources 

For working professionals experiencing addiction, balancing one’s work and home responsibilities with recovery can be difficult. It is not always possible to take the time to enter an inpatient rehab program. Knowing one’s options is vital to overcoming drug and alcohol abuse!
If you are unable to commit to inpatient residential treatment for addiction, help is still available. Outpatient levels of care allow you to continue taking care of external responsibilities and obligations. 
Companies with an interest in assisting with their employee’s substance use disorders may enlist the help of Employee Assistance Counseling programs. Niznik Behavioral Health offers the full continuum of addiction care and specializes in varied modalities of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). 
Professional treatment helps employees and employers alike become more sensitive to each other’s needs, and thereby benefit business as a whole. During treatment for addiction employees learn how to control their cravings, cease abusing substances in the workplace, change maladaptive coping mechanisms, and become engaged in their work again!
EAP counseling programs without an emphasis on substance and alcohol use disorders benefit clients by identifying undiagnosed mental health disorders contributing to workplace disturbance. The most commonly undiagnosed disorders in the workplace include: 

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Bi-ploar disorder 
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PTSD
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Generalized anxiety
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ADHD
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Depression

The stigma surrounding these often misunderstood disorders are costly barriers to treatment; those who do not receive employers must find a way to break through for business success. Mental health disorders aren’t getting better, they’re getting worse. 

Now more than ever, in our COVID-19 epidemic, providing stable employee support is absolutely crucial as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Anxiety, depression, and instability catalyzes augmented distress, forcing an already untenable situation to escalate further. 

Reports of the “quarantine fifteen” is a glimpse of the quality of American life. Our nation is rife with mental health illness, quarantine largely cuts off meaningful familial and professional connections. Immediately implementing an intuitive EAP counseling and mental health program for employees can only HELP.

Signs of Undiagnosed Mental Illness

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Wild shifts in mood or behavior
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Excessive talkativeness
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Hallucinations (including auditory)
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Conflicts within department tied to emotional outburst
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Inability to interact with a team
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Unusual isolation from peers
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Coming into work very early or very late to avoid interaction
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Drug use within the office
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Unusual displays of inappropriate workplace behavior
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Excessive time spent away from one’s desk for non-work related purposes
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Loss of productivity
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Demotivation
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Shifts in personality
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Excessive fatigue
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Need for constant reassurance 
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Dawning a misplaced leadership role

If you are not the owner of the business you currently work within, our agents will help broach EPA assistance with human resources.

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Meaningful Work Connection Promotes Positivity and Business Growth

EAP counseling supports companies in their efforts to create a powerful infrastructure. The most valuable “working cogs” of business is its workforce. The ROI of implementing EAP mental health programs for professionals is touted by the U.S. Department of Labor. CReating a meaningful work atmosphere expands beyond medical benefits.

EAP programs take the full approach to transforming businesses by empowering each individual employee. Support offered includes specialized treatment specialists for both substance use disorders and untreated mental health disorders.

Employees and employers alike who are aware of any mental health problems are accommodated typically with leniency in accordance to therapeutic appointments, scheduling considerations, remote options, and case manager support for chronic cases of distress.