Tips to Return to Work Post-Addiction Treatment

How do you balance your job and new responsibilities towards recovery? For people who have just completed an inpatient substance abuse treatment program and plan on returning to work, you may have several questions.

Do I tell my boss that I was in rehab? What do I tell coworkers who want to know where I’ve been these last couple of months? How will I handle work responsibilities and my recovery?

 

All very valid questions and with time you will become more experienced and better able to handle.

When it comes to early recovery, we know it’s crucial that you plan ahead your daily itinerary because having extra time can lead to boredom and boredom is a slippery slope for relapse. Planning ahead will allow you to handle unexpected questions and avoid certain situations that are risky for your recovery.

We spoke to David Paul, Addiction Counsellor at Bellwood Health Services, whom works closely with many individuals and employers who have sent their employees to Bellwood for addiction treatment. Read more

Bellwood is Accredited With Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada

Bellwood is pleased to share with you the exciting news that we recently completed our accreditation process and have received the highest level of certification from Accreditation Canada: Accreditation with Exemplary Standing. This award level is a repeat of our 2012 achievement and reflects our continuing commitment to quality and services to our clients.

As part of the accreditation process, Bellwood was evaluated on 417 safety and quality standards, and met each one of these standards.  Quality dimensions included:

Population focus Accessibility Safety Worklife Client-centred services Continuity of services Appropriateness Efficiency

 

Bellwood is committed to providing excellent care and service to our clients, their families, and our community partners.  Our commitment to quality is long-standing, and is reflected through our membership in the Edgewood Health Network, Canada’s first truly national organization for addiction treatment services.

We will strive to continue to deliver high quality care and services to individuals and families dealing with addictions, substance abuse, eating disorders, concurrent trauma issues, and other related problems, and are excited to announcement that we will be re-locating to a newly renovated, state of the art facility in the Fall of this year. Read more

Back to Work after Addiction Treatment – How You Can Make a Difference in Your Employee’s Recovery

Written By: Julie Bowles

(Originally published in Winter Issue of Moods Magazine, 2016, www.moodsmag.com

Addiction in the workplace is nothing new.  Employers have had to deal with the issues relating to addicted employees ever since alcohol became integrated into our society, over 200 years ago.  Early on, employers identified that certain employees were more affected by alcohol, and prone to accidents and low productivity.  However, until the birth of the early-model treatment programs for alcohol in the 1940s, there were few options for employers who wanted to help their employees.  This need led to the development of Occupational Alcoholism Programs, the forerunner of today’s Employee Assistant Programs, or EAPs.

Awareness and understanding of workplace addiction issues continue to grow, with policies and legislation designed to protect both the employer and employee, and a willingness on the part of organizations to support an employee with counselling and treatment.  Read more

Moving Forward: When Your Addicted Family Member Doesn’t Want To Change

Written By: Lana Robson CCAC,  Addiction & Family Counsellor

I always refer to the question, “Who or What do you have control over?”  The answer is you.  At the end of the day you can only control yourself.  It can be very difficult for loved ones and family members to watch their addicted loved one destroy their lives and ultimately themselves.  Love and fear motivate family members to try to improve the situation, take control and assume responsibilities.  As many of you may have discovered the hard way – this doesn’t work.

Loved ones are drawn into the chaos that comes with addiction.  They feel powerless.  Although there is a feeling of powerlessness, it’s quite the opposite – family members have more power than they realize.

CRAFT for Family Members

The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) was developed in the 70’s.  Read more

Challenging Those Addiction Symptoms That Can Linger After You Stop Drinking

“This is WHO I AM! Why are you trying to change me? I stopped drinking!” Sound familiar? Statements like these are examples of what people might say who’ve stopped drinking but continue to behave as if they were still drinking or using. You see, becoming sober is just one part of addiction recovery. This behaviour is commonly referred to as untreated sobriety.

It’s important to recognize this behaviour because it usually presents itself as anger and resentment. These emotions are triggering for your recovery. The anger and resentment are usually a result of not being able to accept that you can no longer use substances to feel better. In essence, what you may be experiencing is grief over the loss of your drug of choice.

We spoke to Kim Holmgren, Addiction Counsellor at Bellwood Health Services to discuss what “dry drunk syndrome” looks like. Read more

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