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There are both medical and psychological conditions that frequently co-occur with substance use disorders, and often prompt those who suffer from addictions to seek physical and behavioral health care.

As alcohol and drug use proliferate in the wake of COVID-19, organizations across the country are experiencing the impact of substance use issues among workers. In fact, according to a recent International Foundation report, Employee Benefits in a COVID World – 6 Month Update, 63% of the organizations surveyed reported that mental or behavioral health claims have increased since the pandemic began. In light of reports by nearly one-third of employers that mental/behavioral health disorders are among their costliest health conditions, identifying the extent of addiction’s impact on employees is a critical step towards developing mitigation strategies.

Related: How companies can support employees with substance dependencies

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