What Is an Employee Assistance Program?

An employee assistance program or EAP, is a work based intervention program that was designed to help identify and assist employees in resolving personal issues such as marital, financial and substance/alcohol abuse, which have a tendency to affect the employee’s work performance. Several other services may also be included such as medical advice telephone access, legal assistance and adoption assistance. To help further one’s treatment, EAP services are typically also available to the individual’s spouse, children and partner and are usually 100% paid by the employer.

For individuals struggling with cocaine addiction, EAP programs can help them access treatment they would normally not be able to access and give them a chance to conquer their addiction. Because EAP programs involve an individual’s mental and physical health, the information in them is protected by HIPAA. Although depending on the size of an employer, medical facilities may need a referral or confirmation that services are covered, the information gathered during the appointment will not be shared with the employer.

How Can an Employee Assistance Program Help Me with my Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine causes both a short-lived and intense high, which is then immediately followed by an opposite reaction including intense depression, hostility and a craving for more of the drug. Many individuals who use cocaine often are unable to sleep properly and often forget to eat. It is common for them to experience a drastic increase in heart rate, muscle spasms and convulsions. Cocaine has the ability to make users feel paranoid, angry, hostile and anxious even when they are not under its influence. Although the above are short term effects of cocaine abuse, they can dramatically impact an individual and their family’s life in the following ways:

  • Medical costs
  • Legal issues
  • Financial strain
  • Family struggles

Addictions are expensive to maintain, no matter what one’s drug of choice is. So when adding the cost of medical care to treat the side effects of the addiction plus the likelihood of legal issues into the mix, addiction causes an intense financial strain on an individual and his family. This financial strain can cause the family to move, lose their vehicles and put them in a place they never thought possible. With this stress, it’s extremely common for families to struggle to maintain healthy and proactive relationships not only with the addict but with others in the family as well. They often feel judged and embarrassed of their situation and take it out on those they love most. No matter where an individual is at when it comes to his addiction, utilizing an employer’s EAP benefits can help change an addict’s life in the following ways:

  • Access to addiction treatment
  • Medical referrals
  • Counseling for family
  • Follow-up care

EAP benefits give employees direct access to addiction treatment. Depending on the program and its requirements, there may be specific treatment facilities to attend or a limited amount of treatment one can acquire. However, it gives the individual the first few steps to help them regain control of his life and get focused on his sobriety. Some programs may place a maximum dollar amount per year on treatment an individual could use towards his EAP or the program may fully cover any expense the employee needs. Verify with the employer or read the guidelines so that there are no unexpected surprises.

Due to the effects of addiction, one may need medical treatment in addition to addiction treatment. EAPs can help an individual receive medical care for a specific condition that they normally would not be able to obtain due to costs or lack of experience in knowing which medical avenue to pursue.

Addiction can deteriorate any family structure and because of this some programs offer counseling sessions for both the addict alone and with his family. This helps those get the full treatment by addressing his own issues and giving his loved ones an opportunity to be heard. The impact of addiction is often severe and affects those closest to the addict, and because of this, those loved ones have the right to seek treatment as well.

Follow-up care is important for the addict. Having an emergency plan or even a plan on what to do or where to go if he finds himself struggling with his sobriety can give him the added confidence needed to succeed with his new, healthy lifestyle of sobriety.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to cocaine, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. One call can save your life, so pick up the phone and call us today!

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