Drug Free Work Place

Is your drug-free workplace really drug free?
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We’ve all seen the signs in various establishments, “This Is A Drug-Free Workplace.” The problem is that in far too many cases, this simply isn’t the truth. Now, that’s not to say that the employer isn’t at least a bit concerned with the impact drugs may have on his or her business. The fact of the matter is that most employers really don’t know how to establish a truly drug-free work place. Many of these employers think that by simply stating that drug and alcohol use in the workplace won’t be tolerated, they have now met the requirements of establishing a drug-free workplace. Add a few signs and that ought to do the trick.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
So, just how big is the problem of employees using drugs or alcohol in the workplace? Actually, it’s not so much that it’s a big problem…it’s a tremendously huge problem. Fact: Alcohol and drug abuse cost American business $100 billion per year. Looking at the number is even more impressive…$100,000,000,000. Fact: 73% of current drug users over the age of 18 have a job. Fact: Drug or alcohol using employees are 2.2 times more likely to ask for time off, 2.5 times more likely to be absent eight or more days a year, 3.6 times more likely to have a workplace accident, and 5 times more likely to file a worker’s compensation claim. Fact: 75% of callers to a national drug hotline admitted that they had used drugs or alcohol at work, 44% of the callers admitted to selling drugs in the workplace and 18% of those callers said that they had committed other workplace crimes to support their habit.
Those are numbers that should make any business owner sit up and take notice, because the fact is, without a comprehensive substance abuse program in place, they are undoubtedly losing money…and lots of it. Even as technology and innovation have become so important in today’s workplace, the corporate heads of the most successful companies nationwide agree on one thing. Their employees are their greatest asset. Without that workforce, there isn’t even the opportunity for success.
In order to really set up a drug-free workplace, many employers are going to have to expand their current line of thinking to be far more comprehensive. There are five key elements to any complete program and they are: an official and written company policy, a supervisor’s training program, an education program for employees, an employee assistance program and drug testing.
To be honest, these tasks are not as simple as they may sound. Each of these elements has their own pitfalls. The written policy has any number of legal aspects to be explored. The supervisor/employee programs can’t be taught by just anyone. Personnel directors struggle with employee assistance questions every day and drug testing also raises a number of legal implications. It will require a good amount of research and/or professional help in order to successfully implement and continue an ongoing program. Nevertheless, the job can be done…it should be done…and it is well worth the effort.
If you would like assistance in establishing any or all of the key elements to a drug-free workplace, The Wits Inn can help. Our staff can provide guidance each step of the way and we offer not only chain-of-custody urinalysis for drug testing, but complete physical exams as well. Call for a free, no obligation consultation at call 949-292-2000
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We also have intervention services for the reluctant to recovery…
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Remember, recovery brings hope.

Meth my personal addiction and recovery 949-292-2000 Wits Inn

My Meth Story

Loriann Witte CAC 949-292-2000
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I am personally a recovering addict. At one time I was doing crystal meth for about six years before I moved onto heroin, cocaine, and methadone. 

The speed treated me badly. At first, I was doing all of my school work and losing weight. I started living around the clock. I had so much time, to get things done because I rarely slept. I met interesting people, and it was all a 'great rush.'

Then my skin started breaking out, and my mouth moved to the side of my face. The light hurt my eyes, so I spent more time in the dark, even moved into my closet and pounded nails into blankets I hung to cover up my window. 

Sex drive was high; nothing like it had ever compared. Next, the paranoia came. The fear gripped me hard the minute I got high. I was hiding out from my family because I knew I looked horribly different.
I was hiding out from every real and imagined danger. I knew I was a bust waiting to happen if the police laid eyes on me. 

My bones hurt. I drank alcohol and used entire prescriptions of 30 valiums over a few days in the effort to come down from the speed. 

As sickness began to grip my body and mind, I no longer felt any connection to a knowledge of right and wrong. My eye tooth got loose and fell out. I noticed others had the same teeth missing. My world was getting dark & ugly. I said I'm around the bend; over the top.

Some addict snort, smoke ice, shoot it IV or take pills.  Whichever way you use it Meth is killing your brain and your body. Meth addicts have already experienced a social and spiritual death.

All develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush of confidence, hyper activeness, and energy. 

The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life. You wish you could quit; you can sometimes stop, but it is so easy to get back into it again. Meth has an energy all of its own, drawing you back even against your will.

The program of recovery has an even stronger power.  I do not crave drugs today.  I have been relieved of the obsession. I am happy and content in my relationships. My life is even important to other people as well as to myself. I am so glad to be alive and healthy. I can do and have anything; I want to create for myself. So can you. 

You don’t have to live this way.
The war is over, declare peace on yourself and everybody else in recovery.

Interventions for people who are too afraid or confused to get to recovery help. 
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The following are the groups held at Witt's each week to aid the clients in their push towards recovery. They are all required in Phase One, and many are required through Phases Two and Three.

Morning Focus Group

This group focuses on a variety of issues, mainly those dealing with boundaries, co-dependency, self-esteem, and short and long tem goals as they relate to sobriety. This group is structured to include direct approach, while still providing a less structured and more open method of dealing with the subject matter of the day.

Dual Diagnosis Group

This group is specifically designed to assist patients to recognize signs and symptoms associated with drug/alcohol usage. It is designed to help understand the concept of "self-medication" and the attempts to relieve the subjective discomforts of underlying emotional disorders. It is also designed to teach the patient some of the physiological changes which occur while taking certain illicit drugs and to teach them that there are more advantages of taking prescribed medications for underlying psychopathology, thus relieving the need of illicit drug use.

Family Intensive Group

To promote increased understanding for patient and families, the complexities of drug dependence, and how the disease impacts the entire family structure. Participants will learn the relationship between their drug use and underlying disorders, to better understand the concepts of self-medication, co-dependence and enabling behavior. This group will also promote a healthier and more therapeutic home environment which would be conducive to the ongoing healing process for the family.

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Relapse Prevention Group

Group is used to discuss signs and symptoms that occur prior, during, and after a relapse. Issues of triggers, relationships, boundaries, and treatment planning to process those issues as they arise. Clients are taught to identify feelings that bring about desires to drink and use, and come up with coping strategies to deal with them in a constructive manner.

Anger Management Group

Since underlying anger is often a motivating factor in a person's difficulties maintaining a drug and alcohol free lifestyle, this group is aimed at uncovering where the rage and anger belong, and to take steps to resolve anger issues. It is not an attempt to get the client to be angry at parents, significant others, and so forth, but to resolve the anger issues and let them go, so depression and anger are resolved. This may include family of origin issues, current issues, and relationship issues.

Process Group Towards Hope

This group is specifically designed to help clients with major life issues, such as relationships, career problems, child rearing problems, and so forth, in an attempt to find some resolution. Clients must leave Witt's Inn with fewer problems that they arrived with, if they are to maintain sobriety. This group is aimed towards looking at those issues, and finding group based solutions. Goal directed behavior, setting new goals, and giving up dysfunctional goals, are all a part of this process.

Family Issues Group

This group is focused on family or origin issues, and current family issues. It may deal with lessons learned as small children, as adolescents, and as adults, from significant others in the family structure. The aim is to not assign blame, but to redo the lessons in a useful direction, so the client can be more functional in their lives. Issues which have been a part of a client from the beginning, can be resolved quite effectively if they are brought to light, and this group attempts to bring such lessons into focus.

Step Group

A group designed to focus specifically on the twelve steps and traditions of AA and NA. It is hoped that this will focus clients who may be overwhelmed by the larger twelve step groups, so they can focus on their progress within the twelve step guidelines. It is hoped that clients can finish at least step one, during Phase One of their recovery. By the end of the programs, Phase Three, it is hoped that they can complete steps two and three. This group is designed to focus clients on this progression with the steps.

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Aftercare Hope Group

This group is set up to have clients who have completed the phases at Witt's Inn, to reconnect with current clients. It is set up so that new clients can obtain benefit of the wisdom of those who have been through the process, and the previous clients can remember how awful it is to be addicted.

Twelve Step Programs

Clients are required to attend a minimum of ten to fifteen hours (ten groups) a week of twelve step meetings (either AA or NA), away from Witt's Inn. They are encouraged to get a sponsor, work the steps, and in general, develop social and educational ties with other members of the recovering community.

Psychosocial Evaluation and Testing

Each client is given a full psychosocial evaluation and a battery of tests as soon as they have completed their detoxification. This includes a history, provisional diagnoses, mental status, treatment plan and summary.

Medical Stabilization

Each client meets with the psychiatric staff to determine their physical and emotional health, and to receive whatever medications are indicated to both aid with their detoxification, and to provide stability for dual diagnoses issues.

Individual Therapy

Clients are assigned a licensed Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Clinical Social Worker for one to two hours per week of individual therapy, focusing on whatever issues have presented themselves through the psychosocial evaluation. Our clinicians have in excess of fifty years of experience in substance abuse and related fields.

Peer Living

Clients live in residential housing with other clients who are in various stages of treatment for substance abuse. They thus receive the benefit and wisdom of peers who are farther along in the program on a twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week basis. Later they will provide support for their peers when they are near completing their program at Witt's End.

Addiction Family Questions 949-292-2000

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Millions of people are affected by the drinking or drug use with someone close to them.
The following twenty questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need
professional help to intervene & stop the obsessive behavior and end the cycle of addiction
that is hurting them & you.
1. Do you worry about how much someone else drinks or uses drugs?
2. Do you have money problems because someone else is drinking, using?
3. Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else’s drinking or using?
4. Do you feel that if he loved you, he would stop, to please you?
5. Do you blame the bad behavior on the companions?
6. Are plans frequently upset, or cancelled, or meals delayed?
7. Do make threats, such as. “If you don’t stop. I’ll leave you”
or make you move out?
8. Do you secretly try to smell the drinker’s breath or check the drug users eyes?
9. Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a binge?
10. Have you been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker or user’s behavior?
11. Are holidays and gatherings spoiled because of drinking or drugs use?
12. Have you considered calling the police for help in fear of abuse?
13. Do you search for hidden alcohol, drugs, or clues of bad behavior?
14. Do you often ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking or using?
15. Have you refused social invitations out of fear of anxiety?
16. Do you sometimes feel like a failure when you think of the lengths
you have gone to control the drinker or drug user?
17. Do you think that, if they were sober, your other problems would be solved?
18. Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to scar the drug user or drinker?
19. Do you feel angry, confused, or depressed most of the time?
20. Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?
What’s your score?
Did you answer YES three or more times? If so, YOU are personally, probable
in trouble with co-dependency issues. Living with Addiction & Alcoholism is
a dangerous, depressing situation.
Co-dependency is a very painful out of control existence. Denial of the severity
of the problem is very common. Yes the addict & alcoholic in your life, is making
YOU sick and less than YOUR best self. (Al-anon is a powerful tool or the family
program associated with Narcotics Anonymous
Addiction is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. Recovery brings hope. 949-292-2000
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Post Acute Withdrawal = PAW 949-292-2000

Post Acute Withdrawal = PAW
By Loriann Witte CAC 949-292-2000 www.wirecovery.com
Symptoms of being Sober
PAW is a Syndrome = a group of symptoms Long term withdrawal and brain dysfunction
Was found in 75% - 95% of 150 recovering people in a test group tested
The Brain Dysfunction was believed to contribute in most relapses
It is important to recognize and learn to manage PAW It’s a waiting Game
The expected goal is for the PAW symptom episodes to
1. Decrease in severity with time, REM’s, Groceries, rest, meetings
2. Over more time passing if the brain health is properly reinforced
a. Clean non stimulation food
b. Plenty of water
c. Exercise
d. Sunlight
e. Positive experiences
f. Accepting positive community
g. Uplifting music
h. Calming beauty
i. Mental health and coping learning
The less you do to strengthen your resistance against the syndrome the weaker your sobriety resolve, your mental health, and physical health will be
= 1. Relationship,
= 2. Self image,
= 3. Sleep
= 4. Calmness Issues will gain strength until they take over again
Expressed as 1.
1. active addiction,
2. depression,
3. anxiety,
4. overwhelmed,
5. can’t stand it I=tis
6. you just start thinking I’d like to get high
a. just one time
b. for a minute
c. I hate this or that or them or myself
d. I have way too much to think about to go to a meeting
e. I just need a little benzo
f. I think my psych meds are off
g. I need a new psych med to go with it
h. I must get to the doctor,
i. The right medication is my answer
j. The doctor prescribed so………I am still clean
k. Then you stop thinking
l. The poison
1. Inability to think clearly
2. Memory problems
3. Emotional overreactions or numbness
4. Sleep disturbances
5. Physical coordination problems
6. Stress sensitivity

The syndrome may improve expressing with less severity over the first year to 3 years Of emotional and physical sobriety It is believed by many that the occurrences may express less often And further apart after 5 years of emotional and physical sobriety.
Many of these symptoms will be present on & off for the rest of our lives.
We must treat our new sobriety like a new born baby,,, Sober Living right after Rehab 949-292-2000 www.wirecovery.com