Misuse of addictive substances and substance use disorders can prevent people from living healthy and happy lives and negatively impact a circle of people around them.
Well supported scientific evidence has shown that repeated alcohol or other drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that give a person self-control. This leads to compulsive use and explains why quitting is so hard, even when there is a desire to do so. Despite this, there are effective treatments for alcohol and drug use disorders that help people stop using and resume productive lives.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to treatment however; treatment must be individualized and based on a thorough clinical assessment. Some people may be able to successfully moderate while others need complete abstinence.
Options available for treating alcohol and other drug problems may include one or more of the following:
- Individual counseling/cognitive behavioral treatments
- Approved medications
- Treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety or trauma
- Mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Residential or inpatient treatment
Experienced FEAP counselors will help determine the most effective help for each particular situation. Employees can call confidentially to access telephonic or face-to-face counseling. Anyone affected by another’s drinking can also access FEAP and consultants are available day (or night, weekends and holidays for urgent assistance).