Addiction is a complex and multi-faceted problem which requires individualized treatment. Collectively, roughly $85 billion is spent to treat injuries, infections and illnesses associated with risky and dependent substance use.
Interested in learning how to reduce the cost and empower your employees to face their substance use disorders? Let’s dive into the 4 tips to jumpstart your efforts.
Science has proven that substance use disorder is a chronic brain disease that can be managed with medical treatment. It is NOT a moral failing or character flaw. Yet, only one in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receive treatment. The fact that addiction is highly stigmatized is fueling an American public health crisis that takes hundreds of lives every day. We can begin to reverse the stigma behind persons with substance use disorders (SUDs) through conscious and purposeful action, and by providing cost-effective and useful tools in the workplace that will help employees with SUD successfully recover from addiction.
Steps to destigmatize addiction in your organization include:
Research has demonstrated that technology-based tools for the treatment of substance use disorders can be as effective as science-based programs delivered by highly trained clinicians.
Employing technology can improve substance abuse and prevention treatment in a way that is cost-effective and increases reach to a broader population, including the nine in 10 people with substance use disorders who aren’t in treatment.
Benefits of utilizing modern technology include:
MAT encompasses the use of medication in conjunction with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a holistic approach to treating substance use disorders. It utilizes FDA-approved medications and its programs are clinically driven and tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. During MAT treatment, medications are prescribed to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opiates, relieve psychological cravings and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the misused substances. MAT can help patients sustain their recovery.
MAT has been proven to:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), often used in combination with Medication-Assisted Treatment, is the gold standard treatment approach for addiction and is based on the premise that people can learn to recognize and change the maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors which can drive addiction.
Addiction rarely presents as a problem on its own, and due to the high prevalence of comorbidities and associated risk of relapse, the ability to connect with a qualified therapist for emotional support throughout the journey is crucial to recovery success.
Qualified behavioral therapists can connect with patients to:
When we put humans first, we all find success. Following these tips will help you drive down costs brought on by addiction in the workforce and drive up health and productivity among your employees.
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