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10 Questions for union members when asking for help

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Unions and their members are essential to the foundation that keeps America true and free. Noticing the labels of manufacturing companies are just as important to a Union member as it is to a fashion designer – with one huge exception…

Made in America, means a commitment – a brotherhood where it goes unspoken for groups of tradespeople and essential workers to believe in family first, and treat each other as a family when in crisis.

What happens if I test positive for drugs or alcohol at work?

“When a person tests positive at work and they’re about to be disciplined or suspended, that’s the time that they really need to get in touch with the union, because we have the ability, we know the rights under the law where we can help protect them. And we make sure that they don’t do something worse. That worsens the problem. The best thing to do is contact us and let us get them to professionals who can help straighten them out and take care of all their problems and get them through their difficult time.”

National Vice President and Business Representative

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What happens when I ask for help at work?

“If an employee comes to us and asks us about a problem, either substance abuse or alcohol or behavioral, you know, we’re there for them. We want our members to know that they don’t have to have any fear because there are their rights under the law, especially with ADA, which the American with disabilities act, which the union, we know the laws, we know how to protect them. And we want to make sure that they have no fear of reprisal that they can reach out to us so we can protect them. So their family and their livelihood can be secure and we can help them over their problems, especially this time during his pandemic.”

National President and National Director of Organizing

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What are some signs and symptoms that I am struggling with isolation or fear of the pandemic?

“We have members that we represent, where some are struggling with anxiety and things like depression. They are irritable or short with people in their dealings. Feeling overwhelmed as they worry about possibly getting sick or bringing it home to their families. Some are self-medicating or we find some members calling in sick. We have seen members that we represent that, as you would say, have some type of anxiety or paranoid attack at work or just downright can’t take it anymore. They are stressed out from this pandemic and terrified of going to work in some cases. Some terrified of working behind others so to speak or trying to maintain proper social distance for their own situation on the job with co-worker interaction. And so we try to find ways to try and get them to reach out to us so that we can have those conversations with them or to see what kind of help they might need so that they can maintain their employment and not be disciplined while they try and perform their duties at work.”

National Secretary Treasurer and Business Representative

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Is being under the influence at work a symptom of a larger problem?

Yes it is because problems escalate step by step. If you don’t address the problem at the beginning, it becomes a bigger problem. Consequently, I will encourage you to simply reach out for help.”

School District Union Steward with 35 years of experience

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How does the isolation and fear affect stress levels?

“Our patients have described being isolated, being stressed out, being anxious, and being depressed around circumstances involving isolation. Usually an anxiety as a precursor to depression. A fear of what’s going to happen. And then if it’s not addressed, eventually, the patient becomes hopeless and develops a sense of depression.”

Dr. Dodge

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What is self-medicating and is it the same as addiction?

“Well, people essentially use drugs and alcohol because they like the effect produced by drugs and alcohol. It provides relief. It’s a reward at the end of a busy and difficult day. Uh, the problem becomes, when people start to use drugs and alcohol consistently and cannot stop, even though they want to. And there is also something called the phenomenon of craving, which is a mental obsession paired with a physical compulsion. So repetitive compulsive behaviors, drinking or using drugs, and people find that they cross a line. And what used to be pleasurable now becomes on necessity. And that’s when addiction becomes a dependence.”

Dr. Dodge

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When is it time to seek help?

“I advise my members to reach out for help proactively whenever you feel overwhelmed or when you realize that you are having problems. Sometimes it is based on your family or friends helping you get to the point of realizing that these problems are affecting your work and your life.”

Business Representative – Teachers Union

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What if I have a meltdown at work, what should I do?

“The first step is to talk to your supervisor. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your supervisor, you can request the presence of a business agent from the union immediately…especially if you are afraid to expose yourself in front of your supervisors. Because we will try to help you…”

Business Representative – Sheet Metal Workers

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Will I be able to maintain privacy? Anyone find out I went to treatment?

Yes you will be able to maintain privacy. We are bound by federal HIPAA laws and thus HIPAA is our guideline for privacy and protection of patient data. So we take that very seriously.

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Are you able to coordinate my return to work needs?

At Unity Behavioral Health, we understand that communication and coordination of our client’s care is of upmost importance. Our passionate staff directly works with EAPs, MAPs, labor unions, and Substance Abuse Professionals to provide time-sensitive progress reports and high-quality administrative and clinical documentation. We are dedicated to the aftercare planning process to help ensure that employees can continue to fulfill their obligations and do not fall out of compliance once they return to work.

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Return to work and case management

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Unions and their members are essential to the foundation that keeps America true and free. Noticing the labels of manufacturing companies are just as important to a Union member as it is to a fashion designer – with one huge exception… Made in America, means a commitment – a brotherhood where it goes unspoken for groups of tradespeople and essential workers to believe in family first, and treat each other as a family when in crisis.

Unity Behavioral Health is committed to helping teachers, custodians, clerks, transportation, teamsters, communication workers, longshoremen, flight attendants, rail workers, baggage handlers, 911 operators, carpenters, sheet metal workers, and corrections officers and the like to successfully meet the standards required to get their job back after a discipline action due to alcohol or drug use.

We are committed to working with supervisors and employees through our case management support to achieve recovery from substance misuse or behavioral health issues and help the worker get back to work and family life successfully.

Unity Behavioral Health’s programming is uniquely designed to focus on assisting struggling workers and professionals in obtaining sobriety, reestablishing wellness, and returning to work. Our programming is designed to help workers identify and resolve personal problems that are causing imbalances in their lives and contributing to problems at work.

Educating Employers:

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 70% of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed. We appreciate that a company’s most valuable asset is its employees and good employees are often irreplaceable. Our vision is to empower those we serve and is built on union principles of solidarity. Difficulties for employees in the workplace can sometimes appear quickly and sometimes slowly.

Substance use among employees can impact the following:

  • Judgement
  • Motor coordination
  • Emotional state
  • Disruptive workplace relationship
  • Safety risks
  • Decreased attention
  • Decreased concentration
  • Absenteeism
  • Decreased productivity
  • Failure to complete tasks.

Employee’s and Worker’s Needing Reinstatement:

Addiction wreaks havoc, not just on body and mind, but also on relationships and day-to-day responsibilities. Sooner or later, addiction inevitably leads to difficulty at work. It is our mission to power with you and not against you. Simply, we want to empower and assist you in improving your quality of life. The COVID 19 pandemic is just exacerbating the difficulties that people are experiencing in the areas of mental health and the patterns of self-medicating that often occur as a result.

According to SAMHSA Federal Laws and Regulations

There is no requirement for most private employers to have a drug-free workplace policy of any kind. The exceptions to this are federal contractors and grantees, as well as safety-sensitive and security-sensitive industries and positions.

Federal statutes on drug-free workplace policies can be divided into two broad groups, or categories, of legislation.

One category includes laws such as the Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988. These laws are designed explicitly to target workplace substance use. They legally compel certain types of employers to take action against drug use in the workplace, such as by developing a written policy.

To learn more about the Drug-free Workplace Act, visit the Department of Labor’s Drug-free Workplace Advisor.

The other category includes laws designed to protect the basic civil rights of American workers.

These statutes provide special legal protections to certain kinds of employees. They set clear limits on how far an employer can go in investigating and establishing consequences for employee drug use. The most important federal laws and regulations of this type to consider are:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993
  • The National Labor Relations Act (NRLA) of 1935

For employers considering drug testing, legal counsel is advisable, because lawsuits have been filed against employers for invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge, defamation, and discrimination. The best way to avoid getting drawn into litigation, aside from securing legal counsel, is to make sure that all of your policies are implemented fairly and consistently—in a manner that does not conflict with any federal, state, or local civil rights or workers’ rights laws. For more information on legal best practices, review 10 Steps for Avoiding Legal Problems.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are protected from termination if you are currently participating in a rehabilitation program and are no longer engaging in the illegal use of drugs. If you are enrolled in a treatment program your employer is prohibited from firing you unless you begin to use drugs or alcohol again.

However, the ADA also permits employers to ensure that the workplace is free from the illegal use of drugs. Your employer has every right to terminate you if you are caught using at work, caught having drugs in your system, or have an accident while under the influence. We urge you to seek treatment prior to the loss of a job, experiencing legal trouble, or damaging relationships. People are often concerned that seeking treatment is going to create problems at work and in reality it is quite the opposite.

Although, if you need help after experiencing one of these loses, you do not need to be ashamed. Our staff is experienced with working directly with employers, legal counsel, and providing quality documentation to communicate your progress.

If you are questioning whether or not you have a problem with drugs or alcohol you can take on of the following self-questionnaires:

https://www.ncadd.org/get-help/take-the-test/am-i-alcoholic-self-test
https://www.ncadd.org/get-help/take-the-test/am-i-drug-addicted

Unity Behavioral Health brings a science driven, results-oriented approach to our work with each employee where we identify the neurological underpinnings of the addiction and mental health disorders —and our mission is simple: Help you get healthy so you can keep working, for yourselves and for all the people who depend on you.

We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and concerns. Fill out the form below to begin your journey towards recovery today!

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Case Management Support:

At Unity Behavioral Health, we understand that communication and coordination of our client’s care is of upmost importance. Our passionate staff directly works with EAPs, MAPs, labor unions, and Substance Abuse Professionals to provide time-sensitive progress reports and high-quality administrative and clinical documentation. We are dedicated to the aftercare planning process to help ensure that employees can continue to fulfill their obligations and do not fall out of compliance once they return to work.

Levels of care

Our certified and licensed clinicians work collaboratively with employees, employers, labor unions, SAPs, and EAPS. After completing a comprehensive assessment, our clinicians make a level of care recommendation based on the needs of each client. Unity Behavioral Health offers the following levels of care:

  • 24/7 Medically Observed Drug and Alcohol Detox
  • Residential Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
  • Outpatient Treatment (OP)

Insurance Plans cover most treatment and we will guide you to the best possible outcome for success addressing treatment options as well as any financial concerns.

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Speak to one of our experienced and caring representatives at Unity Behavioral Health to learn about how our rehab programs can help your loved one defeat addiction.

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