Alcohol, Tobacco and Substance Abuse
Addiction is a problem that affects many people and can involve substances, such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and behaviors, such as gambling and pornography. According to Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, addiction is a habitual psychological or physiologic dependence on a substance or practice that is beyond voluntary control. Most simply put, addiction is the progressive use of a substance or a behavior despite the negative consequences.
Addiction can impact all areas of life, including financial, employment, relationships, legal and physical and mental health. If you have an addiction problem, recognizing it can help you begin to make decisions toward recovery and a happier and healthier life.
It can be difficult to recognize that one has an addictive pattern. If you are unsure and want to learn more, you can obtain an evaluation through the EAP. The EAP counseling staff is trained to assist with addiction issues, whether it is a question about you or a person you care about. You can call the EAP (800-322-5327) and obtain the help and support you need.
Recognizing that there’s a problem is the first step toward recovering from addiction. If you think you might have a problem, here are some steps you can take:
- Acknowledge the problem.
- Seek professional help from doctors or therapists who deal with addiction and recovery.
- Seek out the support of people who are recovering themselves
- Call the EAP (800-322-5327): we can help you find the appropriate resources
- Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) mini-guide - prevention and treatment resources, parent support group lists, Addiction Recovery Education Access Service
- Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for more information
- Accomodation ideas for those with addictions from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)