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Helping a Co-worker With a Drug Problem

colleague with a drug problemIt’s hard enough to deal with a close friend or family member who has a drug problem. In most cases, you can expect a lot of drama—and even violence in some cases—if and when you muster enough courage to stage an intervention and convince your drug-addicted loved one to get help. So you can only imagine how much harder helping a drug addict can be if that person is someone you work with.

Helping a colleague with a drug problem is, without a doubt, a daunting task for anyone in the workplace. However, no one can deny that it’s an issue that needs to be immediately addressed. Ignore the problem, and you can only expect your colleague’s drug issues to have an impact on the productivity, health and safety of the entire workplace.

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The Dilemma With Party Drugs

The idea of your children going to music festivals and raves is no more unusual than when you went to underground music or even disco clubs when you were their age. They’re young, free and single, they’re going to have whatever it is they consider “fun” these days, and you’ll be as helpless as your own parents were when you went home from your nights out at the break of dawn. Partying when you’re young is perfectly normal, regardless of what generation you belong.

However, there is a major difference between our generation and this generation with regards to partying, and that’s the proliferation of party drugs at raves, which, more often than not, leads to incidents you certainly wouldn’t want your kids to get involved in.

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