Employee Assistance Programs are an extension of alcohol abuse programs which many industries and government jurisdictions set up years ago. In recent years, "substance abuse" has replaced "alcohol abuse" as a more descriptive term for people who are impaired by the use of drugs, including alcohol. Drugs of all kinds have become a major issue in the United States, and numerous proposals for dealing with the problems are extant. Employee Assistance Programs represent one alternative for dealing with the problem in the work setting.