Last Updated on October 19, 2020
If you’re in charge of managing health insurance or other health-related issues for your organization, employee wellness is probably one of your top priorities. One of the biggest challenges you may face is the issue of alcohol use disorder (AUD). More colloquially known as alcoholism, this disorder can have a range of severe effects on people’s health and productivity.
Fortunately, there are treatments for AUD that can be highly effective. By offering behavioral health services that help employees quit drinking—or simply drink more moderately—you can have a huge impact on the well-being of your workforce. Ria Health is among the first to offer a new, comprehensive solution to manage alcohol use disorder in the workplace.
A Damaging Problem for Employees and Businesses Alike
With at least 14 million U.S. adults suffering from alcohol use disorder, it’s not difficult to grasp the impact of this problem on the working world. Four-fifths of those individuals are either working, or dependent on a member of the workforce. AUD poses a number of health hazards. These include accidents on (or away from) the job, and increased risks of cancer, heart disease and liver disease.
The damage that alcohol misuse does to your workers naturally does damage to your workplace as well:
- On average, employees with AUD miss 34 percent more work per year than their colleagues.
- Workers who struggle with AUD make more emergency room visits and spend more days in the hospital than other workers.
- The job turnover rate is significantly higher among workers with AUD.
These and other issues add up to at least $74 billion in lost productivity annually.
How Offering Behavioral Health Services As a Benefit Can Help
You may want to help your workers, and control the impact of alcohol use disorder on the workplace. But how? Rehab programs are expensive, disruptive, and not always effective. And what about people who may need help cutting back, but aren’t at the point where they want to put their lives on hold to attend rehab?
There are new answers to this dilemma. Behavioral health services delivered via telemedicine are affordable, and give your employees options to care for their own health. Effective treatment for AUD can be provided holistically by combining:
- Prescription medications to control cravings and reduce alcohol consumption
- Cognitive behavioral therapy to help people change their habits
- Digital tools to track an individual’s progress toward their goals.
When these evidence-based tools are privately and easily accessible from home, it helps to remove major barriers that may prevent a person from seeking the treatment they need. Employees can learn to drink less alcohol on their own schedule, gradually gaining more control over their lives and health.
How Does It Work?
Ria’s program has several components. One of our primary methods is medication-assisted treatment. Members can meet with doctors over video or phone chat, and receive prescriptions for medications that help reduce alcohol cravings.
These medications include naltrexone, a key component of the Sinclair Method, which boasts an impressive success rate of about 78 percent. Other medications like Gabapentin can help reduce anxiety and alcohol cravings at the same time. Acamprosate can help people rewire their brains to want to drink less. We help members choose the option that is best for them.
We also place a strong emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy. Our team of certified recovery coaches use evidence-based practices such as:
- Motivational interviewing – This form of counseling helps AUD patients embrace the challenges that they face instead of shying away from them.
- Mindfulness – This practice helps people become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, and how these might influence their behavior. This can help people overcome their desire to drink.
- SMART Goal Setting – Members set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Trackable. Our coaches help them stick to these goals over the long term through regular check-ins.
The results of Ria Health’s behavioral health services speak for themselves. On average, participants reduce their drinking by 70 percent within six months. The program’s efficacy is backed up by data, and we only use methods with a basis in scientific evidence.
Help Your Employees Stay Healthy and Drink Less
When your workers are well, your whole organization is too. By offering behavioral health services for alcohol use disorder, you can ensure that every person in your company has the help they need to be their best selves. Learn more about how Ria Health’s program can be offered as a benefit—including our convenient, results-based pricing plan—or schedule a call to talk to us. Be part of the cutting edge in workplace health and employee well-being, and make alcohol-related productivity loss a thing of the past.