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However, not everyone who has a problem asks for help. And it can be difficult for employers to spot issues until they become disruptive, Britton said. Many managers aren’t trained to notice substance abuse issues or may feel uncomfortable asking employees if they’re okay, he said.
“Someone has to (do something) really, really matter, do something obvious, to get caught in the workplace,” Britton said.
Dealing with workers with substance use disorders may also not be high on employers’ to-do lists right now as they figure out how to bring their employees back safely after a year of absence, said Allen.
“The problem with substance use is that people work very hard to hide it, and people don’t look for it, and when you’re distracted you won’t see it that much,” she said. .
But it’s something employers should target, and quickly, experts say. The longer a person’s substance use problem remains unchecked, the more their productivity and health can suffer, costing businesses and individuals more in the long run, Britton said.
Many companies try to help workers with substance abuse issues through employee assistance programs, which offer confidential and often free advice and other services. Chicago-based HealthJoy, which offers a digital platform for employers to use with their health and wellness programs, has seen an increase in the number of employers wanting to implement employee assistance programs and behavioral health programs in recent months, said Doug Morse-Schindler, president and co-founder.