How to Use Employee Assistance Program Services

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How to Use Employee Assistance Program ServicesAn Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free service employers provide for their workers and those workers’ family members. It provides short-term counseling and can refer people to other treatment for problems that affect job performance. EAPs can help people overcome divorce, grief and even addiction, so that workers can remain productive and employed. Seek this professional help to begin addressing your unique problems.

What do EAPs Treat?

An EAP can help people overcome any of the following problems:

  • Mental illness
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Marital tension
  • Emotional distress
  • Financial concerns
  • Legal concerns
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Work-related stress
  • Major life changes or challenges

An EAP can help people by addressing concerns in free, albeit limited, counseling sessions. EAPs also refer people to other treatment if they cannot address the problem at hand. For instance, many people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction have benefitted from an EAP, because they received the following care:

  • Confidentiality – An EAP will not report the details of your treatment to anyone, including the employer. However, counselors are required by law to report certain problems, like child abuse or related issues. An EAP counselor will go over the guidelines and disclosure laws of certain information before the sessions begin.
  • Free of charge – EAP counseling sessions are free and usually span four to six sessions. If further treatment is needed, the EAP counselor can refer the employee to other treatment centers that accept the employee’s health insurance.
  • Time off to recover – If EAP counseling sessions take place during working hours, employees can receive time off to attend sessions. Employers may require proof that the employee attended the sessions, but they cannot demand disclosure of any other details.

Employees struggling with addiction can contact the human resources department of their workplace to discuss available EAP options. Services vary between employers, but they all serve the same purpose, to help employees. These programs originally focused on providing free treatment to employees with drug problems, but they expanded their focus to address other issues so that valued employees could stay employed and get healthy at the same time. Some employers strongly encourage EAPs to retain good workers, so seek this treatment option if you struggle with an issue that affects your job performance.

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