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The Cost of Substance Abuse in the Workplace: Everything You Need to Know

As an employer or upper-level manager, it’s important to understand the implications of substance abuse in the workplace so that you can ensure policies and practices promote recovery. Many businesses do not take this into consideration, as they view it as a “personal” or “outside” issue that doesn’t affect actual work performance. Unfortunately, this couldn’tRead More

When Should I Seek Help For a Substance Abuse Problem?

“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.” – Alice Miller, a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher Substance abuse can affect anyone, and business professionals are no exception. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental HealthRead More

What Are Some Warning Signs of Substance Abuse Among Nurses?

Nurses have a difficult job, with long hours, little work-life balance, quick breaks, and high demands. Although nurses are typically viewed as not having many problems (after all, they’re there to help!), it’s true that substance abuse does not discriminate. Anyone can be affected, and nurses are very susceptible to problems such as these becauseRead More

As A Judge, Where Can I Find Resources for Substance Abuse Concerns?

Judges experience high-stress environments with lots of administrative protocols, pressures, and deadlines to meet. Judges are expected to uphold a professional, collected appearance, which can further feed into the fuel of denial if not addressed appropriately. Law schools do not stress enough the importance of maintaining mental health, which can lead a person to copeRead More

How are Mental Health and Substance Abuse Related?

People with mental health problems often turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, or other illnesses. In most cases, people with mental health problems seek professional help from therapists or psychiatrists and take prescription medication for treatment. There are people with mental health issues that also go untreated or undiagnosed. AlcoholRead More

What Is the Rate of Doctors Who Turn to Substance Abuse?

Widespread belief would state that doctors are the least of concern when it comes to substance abuse, but the reality is that they are just like anyone else – and they have their own concerns, too. A doctor wrote about his experience with substance abuse on the Los Angeles Times; he stated, “My access toRead More

Are Lawyers at Risk for Substance Abuse?

According to the American Bar Association (ABA), lawyers have unique pressures and demands associated with their profession, with strict schedules and heavy workloads. If stress is not dealt with properly, it can manifest in more physical ways: headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, changes in sex drive, sleeping problems, irritability, and more. StressRead More

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