Allan McDougall worked in underground mines for 22 years before emerging to assist in his union's EAP office, where his experience helping others deal with situations spiraling out of their control led him to head the International Steelworkers Emergency Response Team. He holds a Master of Labor Administration from the University of Massachusetts. His new book, "Breaking Through: Discovering the Riches Within" (AM Publishing), is his inspiring memoir, offering a moving example of how to leave addiction and pain behind for a life of sobriety and vision. Learn more at www.AMpublicspeaking.com.
If anyone you care about is struggling, it's so important to let them know you care and are there for them. These conversations aren't easy, but if you need to determine if you or a loved one has an alcohol addiction, the 20-questions assessment from Johns Hopkins University is a strong indication of a drinking problem.
Addiction is misunderstood, and it leaves those suffering from the condition stigmatized. Society makes the assumption that an addict has a personal problem, not a medical one.
11/20/2015 09:39 EST
I was a hard rock miner at the time and fortunately my union, the United Steelworkers, had an Employee Assistance Program whose staff guided me to the treatment I needed. They accepted me as a person who has a problem, not a problem person, and put me on the road to recovering my sobriety and my dignity.
10/25/2015 06:02 EDT
For anyone who truly feels stuck, who lacks motivation, or who honestly doesn't see a way out, here's an adage to take to heart: "The anticipation of change is worse than actually undergoing change." I should know. I am the poster child for turning around a ravaged life.
10/14/2015 05:43 EDT
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