How to Deal with an Alcoholic Employee

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Have you ever asked yourself how to deal with an alcoholic employee? Before reading on, watch this… Despite stereotypes of alcoholics and addicts as being unemployable, alcohol and drug dependence is surprisingly rampant in the workplace. Said to affect an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the Canadian population, how could it be otherwise when…

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The Step Three Spiritual Principles

Congratulations on being on Step Three! This is a wonderful step that marks the end of thinking and the beginning of serious action. Many say that this step is where they truly found peace and freedom from the obsession of addiction, as they turned the key of willingness in the lock of self-will. That is…

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10 Ways to Help & Support Employees with Addiction or Substance Abuse Problems

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As an employer or human resources professional, you may be looking for ways to help and support employees with addiction or substance abuse problems. If this is you, read this piece to provide the drug and addiction help and support for employees… You know what it’s like to have conflicting interests. There’s your business, which…

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Admitting and Accepting Powerlessness to Addiction and Alcoholism

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“Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obses­sion for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.” – Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Even…

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What is Step 1 in the Twelve (12) Step Programs

In the recovery community, the term ‘12 Steps’ comes up almost constantly, in one variation or another. In most 12-step meetings, the steps themselves are outlined in banners or boards hanging on the walls, and are recited during the preamble of every meeting. Yet outside the rooms of recovery, the steps are not often investigated…

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Discipline and Direction from our Higher Power and Higher Self in Recovery

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The eleventh step in the 12-step recovery process is about making conscious contact with a Higher Power and receiving knowledge, strength, guidance and direction from that power. For someone who is barely more than agnostic – or doesn’t really care to develop their spiritual side – this may seem like a very lofty goal, or…

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A Quick Guide to Step 11, Prayer, Meditation and Recovery

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In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, where the 12-step program is outlined, Step 11 reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. If those words seem like a…

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Perspective: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness in Addiction Recovery

If you know or meet someone who is dually diagnosed and new to recovery, you can be of benefit to them by welcoming them and reminding them what the AA literature states on medications. Look out for them when they are at your meeting. Help them feel safe if you can. Remember that people can sometimes be easily led astray, especially when they are vulnerable due to their mental illness.

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Addiction is a Mental Illness. Treat it That Way.

I will not make it by merely gritting my teeth nor through sheer force of will. I must work to create a life so beautiful that tossing it aside for the illusion of temporary relief is ridiculous and unthinkable. I must remember that sobriety is my natural state, the one in which I came to this planet. It is my birthright; I am not creating sobriety, but returning to it.

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