Substance Abuse in the Workforce

Each month on Talking Benefits, I join Julie Stich, Kelli Kolsrud and Justin Held, International Foundation benefits nerdthusiasts, to discuss a trending employee benefits topic we think our listeners want to know more about. This month, the team concludes our three-part series on mental health and takes a deep dive into the impact of substance abuse and addiction on the workplace.

Substance Abuse in the Workforce

Substance abuse is a serious societal issue and also directly affects the workplace. It’s difficult to know the full impact of addiction, but according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 70% of people with a substance abuse problem maintain employment in at least some form. So employers may not even be aware of the total number of employees with substance abuse issues in their organizations.

Tune in to find out more about substance abuse treatment options and ways employers can help manage treatment costs. You’ll also learn how to support employees returning to work.

Want to hear more? Check out parts 1 and 2 in this series:

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Anne Patterson
Communications Associate at the International Foundation

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Anne Patterson

Social Media and Communications Associate at the International Foundation

Favorite Foundation service/product: The innovative member survey efforts and results from the research team.

Benefits-related topics that interest her most: Health care, nontraditional wellness initiatives, employee benefit communication.

Personal Insight: It’s all about balance with Anne. She loves to run and enjoys a good culinary adventure. She’ll jump at the chance to travel or to spend fun times with family and friends, but she’ll also take time to catch her breath with an occasional Netflix binge or diving into a classic novel.

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