Archive for Addiction

What to Do If Your Business Partner is Abusing Substances

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Having a business partner can be the difference between success and failure. An effective business partner brings something to the table. Maybe your partner shared in the cost and risk of starting up a business venture. Maybe your partner has the connections or communication skills that have helped make your business more successful. Some partners are just the type to hold a mirror up to you or your business and help you see something you might not have otherwise seen–and thereby making all of the difference. Whatever made you partners in business in the first place, if substance abuse becomes part of the picture, you have an entirely different situation.

Substance abuse can lead to alterations in personality, neglecting work or appointments, lying and sometimes even stealing from the business, all in service to the addiction. Addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors” (American Society of Addiction Medicine definition).

That means that when someone you know abuses substances, it’s inevitable that the consequences will show up at work at some point, even if your business partner seems to also be trying to keep it together. So what do you do?

Putting the Brakes on Substance Abuse

The good news for your business partner is that you care enough to try to help. Not everyone with substance abuse disorders has anyone in their corner, trying to help them beat it. Chances are, you care more deeply than just any workplace consequences: you want to see your business partner happy and successful in life, not just in business.

So here are some steps you can take:

  1. Don’t panic – While it’s tempting to have a knee-jerk response (Call the authorities! Fire your partner! Threaten them! Cry and scream!), it’s important to understand addiction. Educate yourself about the disease, such as understanding the definition given above. Do a little research and realize that millions of Americans struggle with the abuse of legal or illegal substances.
  2. Don’t enable – As part of your self-education, learn about enabling. Unfortunately, substance abuse problems persist when those around you shelter you from the consequences of your own decisions. If your partner is abusing substances, the chances are high that he or she has multiple enablers in their life.
  3. Don’t stay silent – It’s normal to try to avoid the topic, hoping the issue will resolve. It may seem too personal to bring up at work, or you might not even have solid evidence (only a suspicion) that your partner is abusing substances. Regardless, speak up. Be direct.
  4. Do enlist support – Depending on how long you’ve known each other and how close you are, it may be that you also speak to your business partner’s spouse or loved one. Working together, you can get your partner help.
  5. Do get help – Few people beat substance abuse on their own, but addiction is treatable. In fact, it has similar relapse rates to other chronic diseases, such as hypertension, asthma, and type II diabetes. Just as the diabetic might need to make dietary changes and the asthmatic might have to avoid certain triggers, addiction does require lifelong management. Getting your partner started on the road to recovery can make all of the difference.

Moving Forward or Moving On

What is a business partner if not another individual equally invested in success? You trust one another’s competence and potential for success. So help your partner get going, even if it means moving on.

The Benefits of Living a Drug-Free Life

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Today, we experience a lot of problems with drug and alcohol addiction that we didn’t experience in past decades.  Substance abuse is a much more serious issue now than it ever was before, one of which needs to be focused on and addressed sooner rather than later.

One of the biggest reasons as to why people abuse drugs and alcohol is because they do not know enough about drugs and alcohol and why they should not be taking part in them in the first place.  A lot of people think that it is okay to take drugs and alcohol, and a lot of people have the idea that substance abuse is an acceptable activity when it most definitely is not.

Sober

Being sober, engaging in sober living, and living a drug-free life is worth the effort. A lot of people also do not realize the benefits of living totally free and clear from drug and alcohol addiction. There are many of these. For example:

When people stop abusing drugs and alcohol, they experience total freedom from the chemical dependence issues of drug and alcohol addiction that they had not yet experienced. When people stop abusing drugs and alcohol, they no longer rely on the chemical dependence issues that come about as a result of taking drugs and alcohol. They are free of those cravings and are thusly able to focus on other, positive activities that are not drug and alcohol related.

People become emotionally stable and independent by not using drugs or alcohol. Drug and alcohol abusers struggle constantly with not being emotionally stable or reliable. Substance abusers are prone to outbreaks of emotional insecurity and other various types of manifestations. When people abuse drugs and alcohol, they are absolutely unpredictable. When they are clean and sober, they are mentally and physically stable.

Stopping drug and alcohol abuse allows them to begin to experience financial freedom. It is very expensive to abuse drugs and alcohol. Having a drug habit can cost tens of thousands of dollars annually. When one stops abusing drugs and alcohol, they free up their finances greatly and are suddenly able to survive better in life and livingness in general.

When people stop abusing drugs and alcohol, they are able to avoid arrest, incarceration, and other types of legal ramifications that could negatively affect their ability to live free. Abusing drugs and alcohol is illegal.  Having an addiction to drugs and alcohol is also illegal. If one is caught doing these activities, they can face serious prison time. Not abusing drugs and alcohol creates freedom and a great deal of personal choice for a person.

Another reason to not abuse drugs and alcohol and to live a clean life is that being free from drugs and alcohol makes a person a much better parent.  That is the truth of the matter for this one too.  When people abuse drugs and alcohol, they really do perform poorly as a parent. This can get so bad that such individuals will actually get their kids taken away from them because they are doing such a bad job of raising their children.

Being free from drugs and alcohol creates a clean conscience. This is another reason why people should live drug-free. Inherently, natively, people know that drug and alcohol addiction is bad and that abusing drugs and alcohol is bad. When people abuse drugs and alcohol, deep down inside they know that what they are doing is wrong. When they are free from drugs and alcohol, they don’t even have to worry about this.

Life without addiction is something to strive for, and truly something that is worthwhile!

4 Ways to Inspire a Loved One in Addiction Recovery

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Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse crisis issues, in general, are certainly all very harmful and concerning crisis issues and problems.  People who are in any stage of recovery, whether still in rehab, freshly graduated from rehab, in recovery for a few weeks, or in recovery for several years, anyone can experience hardship and strife at any step or stage of the recovery process.

Finding encouraging words for an addict can be tricky because we so often do not know what to say.  Saying something is better than saying nothing though, and it is quite important to definitely say something because it is crucial for such individuals to be able to feel as though they have support in their recovery and to be able to call upon that support when they need to.

Recovery inspiration, believe it or not, is often the key thing that allows recovering addicts to create strength and stability in their recovery and in their abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction crisis issues.  Even just passing on something like inspirational quotes for recovering addicts can make all the difference.

Ideas for a Loved One in Addiction Recovery

Listed below are four ways to help a loved one who is in the process of going through an addiction recovery:

  1. Regularly send inspirational quotes for recovering addicts to your family member or love one in question. I have included a whole list of them at my site.
  1. Meet with the person in question and help them sort out whatever is going on in their life that is disturbing or harmful for them. Really, actually do this.  It is immensely workable and successful.  All you have to do is meet with them from time to time not even that often, but with some consistency, and just sort out and work on those aspects or areas of their life that they feel they need help with.  Do this on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.  Help them sort out whatever current, right here and right now struggles that they may be faced with at this time.
  1. Insist that your person in question involve themselves in goals, ambitions, careers, jobs, hobbies, and activities that inspire them. “If you want to meet the devil, do nothing, and he will come,” is the saying that applies here I believe.  Make sure that your family member or loved one is busy, active, and overall very well set up as far as activities and ambitions that would give them inspiration go.
  1. Make sure that your recovering addict is placed in a position where they are engaging in some kind or sort of support system or network for addressing recovery and the maintaining of sobriety or abstinence from drugs and alcohol. This is really very key and it is worth your time to make sure that your loved one is actively involving themselves in groups and in activities that support and stabilize recovery and abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction.

At the end of the day, you can help someone all you want, but it will have to be their decision and their effort and their actions that they take to stay clean and sober from drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, you can help a lot by making sure that you are doing anything and everything necessary to create a stable and well put together framework of ideas and habits that are helpful and well thought out in their own way for your loved one.  In doing so, you will be better off in the long run and able to help your loved one stay clean and sober for life.

Overcoming the Obstacles Recovering Minority Addicts Face in the Workplace

Recovering Minority Addicts

What a lot of people do not understand about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery from addiction in general is that the problem will follow people long after they have beaten addiction and come out successful and recovered in the long run.  Especially with minorities, young adults, senior citizens, LGBTQ individuals, etc. breaking away from the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction is especially difficult.

The real problem here too is that drug and alcohol addiction has become a very common and very real issue that seems to only get worse and worse as the years go by.  Drug and alcohol addiction has gotten so common and so prevalent in society today that the stigma and the stereotyping and profiling that occurs because of drug and alcohol addiction is more serious and more prevalent now than it ever was before.  Truly a harsh and difficult issue to say the least, and one that is not likely to get any better any time soon.

The issue with drug and alcohol addiction has gotten so bad that governmental organizations have begun to report on it and study it, all to try to figure out something to do about it.  Some of these organizations have been groups like the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  For just an insight into some of the facts on this issue, consider this from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • “When asked how prescription opioids were obtained for non-medical use, more than half of the 12th graders surveyed said they were given the drugs or bought them from a friend or relative. Interestingly, the number of students who purchased opioids over the Internet was negligible.”
  • “Youth who abuse prescription medications are also more likely to report use of other drugs. Multiple studies have revealed associations between prescription drug abuse and higher rates of cigarette smoking; heavy episodic drinking; and marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drug use among adolescents, young adults, and college students in the United States.”

Drug and alcohol addiction can be handled effectively, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of effort to do so.  Even when one has escaped addiction, there are still hard times and tough battles to win in life after that.

Recovered Addict Minorities Beating the Stereotype in the Workplace

One stereotype is bad enough.  Being a minority is tough enough even in this day and age, but to be a minority with an addiction in his or her past?  That is painful.  For such individuals, my best advice to them is to bring the heat and apply themselves 110% to their lives.  The simple truth of the matter is that minorities who are also recovered addicts simply need to apply themselves and work twice as hard as non-minorities.

There is nothing to be gained from complaining about one’s situation, whether they were born into it or not.  That is never going to get anyone anywhere.  Truthfully, wouldn’t it be far better to actually do something about it?  The great thing about working twice as hard and just really applying yourself to your recovery and to engaging yourself in your sobriety is that you will benefit from it in more ways than one.  You will actually benefit greatly from such an approach, and you will be thrilled in the long run because you went the extra mile and you really did what you had to do to not only maintain your sobriety but also because you did what you had to do to be successful in the long run.

How Do Transfer Addictions Transpire

Transfer Addictions

I want to talk to you for a moment about the problem that is transfer addiction. This is a topic that does not get discussed or talked about much, though I feel it should be. I have seen transfer addiction happen many different times and it has caused constant problems whenever it shows up.

To define it, transfer addiction is the simple factor of replacing a substance abuse problem for a different substance abuse problem. It is that incessant and constantly continuing issue of substituting one substance for another, over and over again. This is a real problem in our society today simply because we have so many different substances that we can pick and choose from when it comes to drugs and alcohol. When all of the cards are on the table, though, drug and alcohol addiction will have to be addressed with a proper rehabilitation program. Simply substituting one drug for another, even if it is a legal drug, will not work.

That being said, let’s look at the most commonly substituted substance. I’m speaking of course of how people have a ridiculous tendency to substitute any illegal substance such as cocaine or heroin or methamphetamine for legal substances such as alcohol and prescription drugs. Namely, I have seen or heard or simply observed more people become addicted to prescription drugs in today’s day and age than I have ever seen in previous decades. Drug and alcohol addicted persons are transferring over to prescription drugs because they’re easy to get, they are incredibly supported in our society, and they are absolutely legal.

The Truth About Transfer Drugs

What a lot of people do not realize about transfer addiction is that it sets a person up for a much bigger problem in the long run. What people do not understand is that when they transfer from one addiction to another they are effectively ruining their chances of ever really beating either substance unless they get serious help. More to the point, transfer addictions actually opens a person up to be more susceptible to more drug and alcohol abuse in the future.

I would like to see transfer addiction come to a complete and total stop. The way to get rid of a transfer addiction is with the help of an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehabilitation program, and recovery organization. These treatment centers offer the most help and will inevitably assist individuals in the long run when it comes to beating their substance abuse problem.

The problem with transfer addiction is that, even if an individual is only using one substance at a time, they are still technically addicted to more than one thing. For example, a heroin user who goes on to abuse pain drugs is still technically a heroin user. They might not be currently using heroin, but they are susceptible to relapsing on to heroin if their supply of pain drugs runs dry. This is why inpatient rehabilitation is a must because it is only with an inpatient rehabilitation program that all addiction and every single dependence and substance abuse habit can be looked at effectively. With an approach at a proper treatment center, transfer addiction can be gotten rid of once and for all and for good.

Being that I am in recovery and I help thousands of people best addiction every year, I really want to see transfer addiction be taken down a notch. This is a constant and very concerning problem, and I will not rest until I have done my part to make sure the problem is gotten rid of.

Finding Your Purpose: Why It’s Important in Recovery and in Business

Finding Your Purpose

We all, as human beings, have some form of purpose in our lives that we are striving for.  Whether we are striving for it in a really big way or in a small way, we still work towards some kind of purpose in one way or another.  One way or the other, we all have our own purpose that is unique to us and to us alone.

The variable factor here is how we go about pursuing that purpose and how we go about achieving that purpose.  This is the ultimate factor here and this is what sets us apart from others.  Some have really big purposes and strive to get them on huge levels.  Witness the humanitarian, the soldier, the entrepreneur, the business CEO, the church volunteer, etc.  Others have smaller purposes, or even negative purposes, such as the drug addict, the criminal, the cheater, or the dishonest person.

One way or the other, though, we are all trying to achieve our purpose in some way or another.  So, more specifically, how does one do all of this without damaging one’s own personal health?  I hear a lot of talk these days about workplace balance and all of this other stuff having to do with balance and ease and relaxed mentalities and ideas.  To a degree, I feel like that is all for the birds, though there may be some truth to it when it comes to our overall health and vitality as individuals.  When it comes to our basic survival necessities, we do need to be mindful of how hard we are working so as to protect our health.

But we can’t let that prevent us from working hard to achieve our goals in life.  We need to be able to create, set, and strive for our purposes in such a way so that we can come out winning in the long run.  We need to work hard, and we need to engage ourselves tremendously in our endeavors to find success and happiness in the long run.

How to Achieve Purpose While in Recovery

Working to achieve purpose while in recovery is an entirely different prospect.  It is a harsh endeavor and something that one has to work towards day in and day out to achieve it successfully.  It’s not easy by any means at all, and striving to achieve it can and should be done and done quickly too.

Recovering addicts need to be able to find purpose just as badly as anyone else does.  The goal and the plan for such individuals need to be to dedicate themselves wholly and completely to their missions and their plans in such a way that they can come out winning and successful in the long run.

For both engaging yourself in business and recovery, finding your purpose is what is necessary and needed to achieve success in both areas.  Your purpose and your zeal to achieve things will be the driving force that helps to push you forward into a new life and into a new recovery for yourself and for your loved ones.  You must push forward and unlock your purpose, and you must engage yourself in a focused objective of trying to achieve that purpose and all that goes into it. With purpose, you can have a mission, a goal, and an objective to achieve.  With purpose, you can work hard and think harder to get what you want out of life.  With purpose, you can strengthen your sobriety and your recovery too, and you will be more valuable in business as a result.

What Your Human Resources Department Needs to Know About Addiction

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Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing problem in the United States today, and it has been so for some time now.  This has been an ongoing crisis and worry the likes of which this nation has never seen before with more and more problems and issues coming up as a result of it.  I have seen this first hand, as I work within the drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation field.

I know for example that there are over twenty-three million Americans who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.  I know for example that there are a good half a million who become addicted newly each and every year.  I know for example that about eighty to one-hundred and twenty thousand Americans die every year because of drug and alcohol addiction.  I know for example that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction costs the nation about six-hundred billion dollars each and every year.  I know for example that about seventy percent of Americans have been affected by an addict at some point in their lives, fifty percent of Americans know someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol, and about thirty percent of Americans has a family member who is addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Because I know these things, and because I know how prevalent addiction is in this country, I know how common it is for businesses to have addicts hired on as employees.  In my businesses, I have made it a point for my HR department to know very thoroughly exactly what to look for in regards to addiction and substance abuse, and to know about addiction and to understand it very well.

How an HR Department Responds to Addiction

Even though I work in the field of drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation, any business absolutely needs to have a no tolerance policy on the subject of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.  It is simply too harmful from a business and economics standpoint when addiction is allowed in a business.  If your business has an addict working there, if you have not already been harmed in some way by that employee, you will be at some point.  That is just the simple truth of the matter.  Sooner or later, bad news will come about as a result of your connection with that addict and something bad will happen at your business because of it.

HR departments need to perform drug testing frequently.  HR departments need to extend themselves outwards into the ranks of employees and make sure that none of them are addicted to drugs and alcohol.  This is important for many reasons.

Drug and alcohol addicts will create drama in a business.  Drug and alcohol addicts will steal from a business.  Drug and alcohol addicts will harm and destroy capital and resources.  Drug and alcohol addicts will cause accidents and injuries in the workplace.  Drug and alcohol addicts will hurt themselves in the workplace.  Drug and alcohol addicts will miss work a lot, and will not be reliable.  Drug and alcohol addicts will sometimes die at the workplace.  Drug and alcohol addicts will get other employees hooked on drugs and alcohol.  Drug and alcohol addicts will scare customers away and cut profit margins down in size.  Drug and alcohol addicts will create issues and difficulties left and right.

All in all, I strongly encourage HR departments everywhere to do something about addiction in their various businesses.  If you have an addict who you want to keep because they are valuable or closely connected to the business, then help them address their addiction with rehabilitation.  But do not let them go on being an addict and an employee.