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Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace, and Companies That Hire People in Recovery

Alcohol Addiction

You may have seen news segments about companies that allow—even encourage— employees to drink at work. According to a 2012 article on ABCnews.go.com, ad agencies do, or at least they did at that time. One firm’s employee said that it “incentivizes and enthuses” employees, and another said it helps the creative process. Tech companies were mentioned as allowing drinking, too, especially after a “win.” The article even quoted a study that found a little alcohol enhances the creative process.To allow drinking at work brings up a host of issues. Take employees in recovery, for example. These people are often counseled on how to handle the question “Why don’t you drink?” or the taunt, “C’mon, have just one with us” in social situations, but they shouldn’t be placed in this situation at work. Also, what if someone gets in an accident on the way home? Isn’t the company wholly or partially at fault, like a bar is? (The situation is different for people in dangerous jobs; there are strict workplace rules about drinking on the job.)

In most jobs, it’s not easy trying to perform when suffering from alcohol use disorder (although people who are on the road a lot, or executives who aren’t accountable can get away with it easier, it seems). When employees are found to have a problem, however, it’s often strongly suggested that they attend rehab with the help of an Employee Assistance Program. Drinking while at work is such a touchy subject that the government includes the rules in their handbook for supervisors: Alcoholism in the Workplace: A Handbook for Supervisors. Here is a succinct explanation of guidelines and laws around drinking at work: 

“Federal legal protections for alcoholics in the workplace are designed to encourage them to seek help without jeopardizing their employment. However, those protections do not extend to alcoholic behavior in the workplace.

Two federal laws impact employment decisions related to alcohol use, abuse and alcoholism. The first, the Americans With Disabilities Act, requires employers to grant accommodation to disabled employees; it defines disabilities as conditions or disorders that substantially limit a major life activity. If your employee can prove that alcoholism prevents him or her from performing the job properly, you may be required to grant an accommodation for the purpose of rehabilitation. The second law, the Family and Medical Leave Act, prohibits employers from discharging employees who take extended absences to treat their alcoholism.

Accommodating alcoholic employees means giving them time to seek treatment for their condition. It does not mean reducing an alcoholic’s workload or otherwise changing their terms and conditions of employment. It also does not mean forgiving misconduct induced by alcohol or alcoholism. If, after receiving rehabilitation treatment, the employee continues to underperform, the law’s protections no longer apply. Likewise, the recidivist alcoholic is not entitled to FMLA-protected leave for subsequent breaches. The employer may reasonably expect that after a leave of absence for rehabilitation, more will not be required. In addition, no accommodation is required for the employee who denies having a problem.”

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Drug Addiction

According to a headline in the Washington Post, “Drugs in the workplace are at their highest level in a decade.” Quest Diagnostics reports that opioids in the bloodstream and urine are down, but the incidence of other drugs is up. (And that’s only related to people who went for testing!) Cocaine and methamphetamine use is up in certain states, as well as marijuana in those states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Unfortunately, in three states, pot use is up in safety-sensitive jobs, which include truck driving, rail, and those in nuclear power plants, to name three industries. Federal contractors and recipients of federal grants, and “safety- and security sensitive industries” are legally required to have a drug-free workplace policy as under The Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988, but other industries are not. To protect workers’ rights, four acts lay out the limits on steps an employer can take in investigating and setting consequences for employee drug use. SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) advises companies to seek legal representation when deciding their policy on drug testing to avoid being sued for invasion of privacy, for example.

Check Out These Companies 

Here are four companies that hire people in recovery (which often means they’ve served time, too): Venturetech Drilling Technologies in West Knoxville, Texas, Envirosafe Stripping Inc. in Carnegie, PA., Creative Matters in Los Angeles, and Dave’s Killer Bread in Milwaukie, Ore. There are also federal and state programs that help formerly incarcerated people get jobs. For example, the U.S. Forest Service has a program that links non-profit organizations that employ these people with companies that need reclaimed lumber. For more information on our Drug and Alcohol rehab programs please contact us at (866) 569-9391. 

 

Men, Alcohol and Abuse

Often, in articles and posts about men and alcohol, you see numbers, such as how many drinks per day are “safe” for a man (which varies according to what source you use.) The amount for a woman is usually listed as well. Or, you might find information on the effect of alcohol on a man’s fertility, for example. But this post is comes after the start of the #MeToo movement, so it’s about the violence that occurs when certain men drink, especially those in positions of power. It’s a topic that has been in the news lately. It’s also relevant in a blog on addiction since high-level executives are occasionally in the news for alcohol use disorder.

Note: It’s well-established that women, as well, can be violent when they drink. This is not to excuse them or say that only men are violent when they drink. And couples can become violent with each other when they drink to excess. But again, this post is informed by the #MeToo movement.

Powerful Men Drinking

One noted journalist who recently wrote an article called “First the Drinks, Then the Hitting,” in the hard copy of The New York Times (online copy may have a different headline), began by mentioning “educated, affluent” women and “a certain cultural panic” that exists around the amount of their drinking (and is often written or talked about in the media). “There is no corollary for men from a similar demographic position,” she says. Indeed, Eric Schneiderman’s “fall from grace” – he was the New York attorney general before he resigned– brought to the forefront the problem of affluent and powerful men drinking and becoming physically abusive toward several women. One of his accusers noted that he was a heavy drinker—having two bottles of wine and then taking a bottle of Scotch into the bedroom and getting “plastered,” which happened five nights a week according to her. (Why the girlfriends stayed with him is head-scratching, but that’s a subject for another time.)

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Alcohol Intervention

There’s an unspoken supposition in magazines and other media today, according to the article. Women are depicted as worried about going too far when they drink, as a result of the pressures of work and parenthood, while men’s magazines “still pay reverence to the cocktail culture [for men].” The underlying assumption is that men who have succeeded know something about self-regulation, but apparently many don’t. Schneiderman is not the only powerful man to be accused of physically abusing girlfriends or wives; there’s also former White House aide Rob Porter and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Abhishek Gattani, but the others weren’t described as being inebriated when the abuse allegedly happened.

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Schneiderman has tried to say that he was engaged in consensual relationships involving role playing or rough sex. But in an article on bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism, practitioners say that his sexual encounters and those of former Governor Eric Greitens of Missouri “bear little resemblance to consensual B.D.S.M. encounters.” Not only that, B.D.S.M practitioners warn against “partaking in violent sexual activity while drinking alcohol or taking drugs.” You can cause serious damage if you don’t have your faculties about you. The World Health Organization calls this type of abuse Intimate Partner Violence and says that alcohol consumption, especially at harmful and hazardous levels, is a major contributor. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says, “Individuals with alcohol problems attack more frequently, are more likely to inflict serious injury, are more likely to commit sexual assaults, and are more likely to be violent outside of the home than are batterers without a substance abuse history.” More people need to get the message and know that they’ll be prosecuted when victims comes forward. For more information on our drug and alcohol rehab programs please call (866) 569-9391.

How do Alcohol Recovery Centers Help People With Their Addiction?

Many people will write about addiction and alcohol recovery centers from the perspective of those who were/are addicted. No man is an island though, and the people who are friends and family of an addicted person are also affected by his or her situation. Whether a sibling, parent or close friend, the pain of the abuser will affect you too, no one enjoys seeing someone they love self-implode.

Level of Risk

Drug dependency is always dangerous, but some drugs are much more dangerous than others (think Heroin, Methamphetamine etc.). You need to gauge the risks to the individual before deciding on the best approach to helping them.

This will often start the process of ‘’intervention’’; this is where those that care for the abuser take measures to try to save the life of the abuser. This will often entail a prolonged stay at a psychological medical Centre as well as a drug rehab program.

Out of your hands

You cannot fix someone. The only person who can stop the drug abuser is the addict themselves. You need to realize this before trying to help, if someone does not want to change or is unable to, no amount of help and sacrifice will help. In some cases, and this is painful to hear, you may need to cut your losses so to speak.

When they do want help…

The key thing one can do is just be there for the person you care. Understand that the recovering addict is going to have good and bad days, some days will be filled with cravings or other signs of withdrawal, other days it will feel like having the old person back. Being patient is vital, setting clear boundaries and not getting angry is as important as the time you give to the loved one.

How do Alcohol Recovery Centers Help People With Their Addiction

You can’t do it alone

Sometimes the scale of the problem will be too great, in most cases, it is desirable that a group of people who care for the abuse intervene, this enables a shared responsibility as well as helping manage more practical aspects such as allocating time slots to help take care of the abuser through recovery.

The more people that help, the better, it shows the addict that they still have a place in the world and people who care for them.

The Long and Winding Road

Most of us know abusers in our life, whether it is known to us or not is a different matter entirely. Communication and trust are key, even in circumstances where the abuser may have hurt us when one decides to help you must commit to it.

Circumstance change when the person does not wish to be helped. But for those addicts that wish to change help should be provided by a loving support network.

This can be a lifelong commitment. It is up to you as an individual to decide if it is worth the sacrifice. Summit Estate can help all the way through the rehab process. Call (866) 569-9391 for more information about our programs and how we can help you.

 

What to Expect from Alcohol Recovery Centers Today

Alcohol addiction is a far-reaching disease and does not discriminate. It does not matter if you are rich or poor, what race or religion you are, or where you live; once alcohol addiction takes hold of you, it can completely disrupt your life in every way and lead you spiraling down. Overcoming an addiction like this is far from an easy thing to do and takes work and dedication on your part. Luckily, there are quality facilities available today that can provide you with the level of help you need. The alcohol recovery centers available offer the system you need to be part of to recover successfully.

Centers are There for Support

Going through addiction alone and fighting it can be a difficult uphill battle that few can win. That is why rehab facilities and recovery centers are so important today. Centers can provide the support system that clients need at this most difficult time in life. A good center gives you the medical care you need to detox and overcome the physical addiction your body is dealing with while also providing you with the emotional and psychological support that you need most right now to better understand what you are going through and how you can gain the strength and courage you need to fight and move forward.

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Centers with the Best Approaches

Many of the alcohol recovery centers of the past all took the same approach to helping people with alcohol addiction, focusing on the basic programs and assuming they would work well for everyone. Methodologies, techniques, and tools have grown and changed over the years and provide us with better, more patient-focused programs that meet the needs of the individual. This approach gives centers the flexibility to try different therapies and approaches to touch clients in the areas of their lives that they need help the most.

One of the Top Centers Available

If you are looking at alcohol recovery centers in Northern California for yourself or for a loved one so that you can get the help you need, please consider contacting us here at Summit Estate Recovery Center. Our facility is among the finest you will find in the country and offers the facility, professionals, and treatment methods that encourage and facilitate recovery. You can learn more about us by reading our website, and you can contact us at 866-569-9391 if you have questions or need advice about getting help for addiction.