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    Man Concerned About Coworker’s Alcohol Addiction

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    Man Concerned About Coworker’s Alcohol Addiction

    Caller: 31-year old man calling on behalf of his coworker

    Problem: Alcohol addiction

    Seeking: Rehab options for alcohol addiction

    Reason(s): According to the man, he is concerned about one of his coworkers who confided in him that he is struggling with substance abuse. He said that he noticed that his coworker was increasingly erratic and lethargic, but did not truly understand the depth of the problem until he was forced to work with his coworker on a project. He said, “I honestly do not know this guy very well, he has been here for about six months, maybe a little less, and he has become increasingly weird. When I smelled booze on his breath, I actually just confronted him. I don’t know why I did that, but I felt like it was time to speak out – even if it was none of my business.” He said that the coworker admitted to having struggled with adjusting to the new job and the new location. The man said that his coworker moved to their location for work and does not have any real friends or family nearby. The caller said, “Because he does not have anyone else and no one seems to know what type of trouble he is in, I felt that I should at least bring it up. I don’t know what possessed me to do so or why I felt like I needed to make this call, but it felt like the right thing to do… Now I just need to know where to direct him for help”.

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