People suffering from drug addiction often feel isolated and helpless. The same can be said for those with mental health disorders. Increasingly, the medical community is looking at the ties between them to assist with recovery.

The July-August issue of BizVoice® magazine features several stories as part of the Indiana Workforce Recovery series. One explores how the Bowen Center, a mental health center with several locations in northern Indiana, partners with employers on employee assistance programs that encompass “the whole person.” Its Fort Wayne-based opioid treatment program is the Bowen Recovery Center (BRC).

“Our goal is that you just seek services for mental health. It doesn’t matter if your primary problem is substance abuse or depression – because we’re treating all of it,” says BRC Medical Director Dr. Carolyn Greer.

The BRC is a daily treatment program.

“We have to do a lot of education for employers to help them understand how important it is that their employees can make sure that they’re able to participate in their treatment and still be a productive member of their job as well,” Greer emphasizes.

The story includes insights from employers, such as the city of Warsaw, Fort Wayne Community Schools and Reelcraft, a global manufacturer of hose, cord and cable reels.

What strategies is your company implementing to combat the opioid epidemic?

Symone Skrzycki is the senior communications manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a senior writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for 19 years.