EAP & Drug Rehab
If you need EAP services for drug rehab, your human resources department can help you access your EAP for services. The EAP will schedule an assessment to determine your needs, and an EAP provider can counsel you over the short-term. If you require intensive or long-term services, you may be referred elsewhere.
Whether or not you can choose where you go for addiction treatment will depend upon the type of EAP your employer users. As SAMHSA explains, some employers may offer in-house EAP programs in which staff provide services onsite. While in-house EAPs typically provide services to larger organizations, smaller workplaces may have an off-site EAP. In this case, an intake professional within the EAP refers employees to services within the EAP network. These services are outside of the workplace, so you may have a choice among providers in the network. Your HR department or EAP intake specialist will be able to tell you what your options are.
Benefits of Using an EAP
The benefits of using an EAP for addiction treatment are numerous:
- Convenience: By contacting your HR department or EAP intake specialist, you can quickly access treatment. Your EAP provider can also link you to any additional services you may need outside of what the EAP can provide.
- Diverse resources: You can access services beyond just substance abuse treatment. EAPs can assist employees with locating childcare, coping with relationship problems and managing financial or legal issues.
- Confidentiality: The law protects the privacy of substance abuse treatment information, so your EAP cannot give your employer information about you specifically. Your employer may receive generic reports of what services were used, but your name will not be tied to services. If your employer has mandated that you use the EAP for substance abuse treatment, the EAP can only give the employer basic information about whether or not you are attending treatment.
Qualifying for EAP Benefits
Your human resources specialist or EAP intake specialist can provide you with information about qualifications for participating in the EAP, such as being at your company for a certain period of time. Your intake specialist can verify your eligibility via phone. EAP services are often free for employees. In some cases, you may pay a small fee or copay for using services.
How To Use Your EAP To Find Help for Addiction
If you are ready to get help for your addiction, the first step toward using your EAP is asking your human resources department for EAP contact information. Once you have this information, you can reach out to your EAP intake specialist to discuss your situation and determine what services are needed.
The intake specialist can help you schedule an assessment with an EAP provider to determine your specific addiction treatment needs. Following the assessment, you can receive short-term counseling services through the EAP. Your EAP may also refer you to another provider if you require long-term treatment.
Regardless of whether your substance abuse is resolved through short-term EAP counseling or long-term services at another provider, contacting your EAP is a good starting point. EAP services are usually provided at little to no cost to you, and they can link you to the help you need to begin your recovery journey.
If you are looking for substance abuse treatment, The Recovery Village offers a range of services and has locations across the country. Reach out to us today to discuss your needs and to determine how we can help. We accept most major insurance plans and are happy to provide you with a free insurance verification to determine what you can expect to pay for treatment.
EAP & Drug Rehab FAQ
- Is EAP drug rehab free?
EAP services are typically provided at no cost to employees, but some may require a small fee. Keep in mind that EAP services are usually short-term, but your EAP provider can refer you to long-term services, which may be covered by your health insurance plan.
- Will you lose your job if you go to rehab?
Going to rehab doesn’t mean losing your job. In fact, there are legal protections in place that allow you to go to rehab and keep your job.
- How do I take off work for rehab?
If you meet the qualifications, you can take leave from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to attend addiction rehab.
- Should I Go to Rehab During COVID?
You may be concerned about seeking rehab during the COVID-19 pandemic because of health-related concerns, but rehab centers are following safety protocols to keep patients as healthy as possible. If you need treatment, it is important that you get the help you need. In fact, a recent survey by The Recovery Village found that the stress associated with COVID-19 can cause people to increase their substance abuse, which can make treatment even more vital than ever. If you are concerned about seeking in-person treatment, The Recovery Village also offers teletherapy for addiction so you can receive services from the comfort of home.
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