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Workplace Crisis

Mental Health Crisis In the Workplace

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workdays lost annually due to alcohol abuse

Cost to Employers

  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco costs more than $740 billion annually in healthcare related costs, work productivity and crime having a major impact on company results, recruitment and retention strategy.

  • 2,000,000 US adults are addicted to opioids. Drug overdoses have doubled over the last 10 years.

  • Over the past five years, employer’s behavioral health expenses have jumped by more than 10% annually, compared with annual increase of 5% for other medical costs. 

  • Employees with a mental health disorder make six times as many emergency room visits as the overall population and submit two to four times as many medical claims. 

  • More days of work have been missed from mental health disorders then any other chronic condition such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis.

  • 20 million (8.4% of adults) have a substance use disorder and 7.9 million people have both mental health and substance use disorders. Over 70% of these adults are in the workforce. Only 1 in 10 have received any treatment to reduce or stop use.


Claims an employee with depression submits each year (3x the average)


  • Prejudice and exclusion exist in the workplace making mental health extremely difficult to discuss.

  • Management does not have access to training to address substance use and mental health disorders in the workplace. This lack of training has implications; 3 out of 4 employees choose not to involve anyone at work on these issues.

  • 8 out of 10 workers say shame and stigma prevented them from seeking help for a substance use disorder or mental health condition. 

  • Only 20% of HR professionals report their company openly and proactively address addiction. 


NUMBER OF Americans THAT die DAILY of a drug overdose

Poor Clinical Outcomes

  • It has been reported that 90% of alcoholics and addicts will experience at least one relapse following treatment. This high rate of relapse is very costly to employers.

  • The current addiction treatment methods are outdated with a high rate of non-completion. It is difficult to judge the quality of different treatment programs.

  • The healthcare system is fragmented with little coordination of care and oversight.

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) are necessary and valuable; however additional resources are needed when dealing with the complexities of substance use and mental health disorders to provide coordination and oversight.


COMPANIES THAT CONFIRM THE OPIOID epidemic has significantly affected their workforce