Many people use various substances alcohol and habit-forming activities to cope with difficult feelings like stress, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, boredom, and isolation. It’s a common response to trauma, grief, or other difficult experiences. However, these forms of recreational use can cause problems when people rely upon them too much or too often.
- Feelings that recreational substances and activities are the only way you manage stress, fear, uncertainty, and other uncomfortable feelings
- Reliance on recreational substances and activities is your only strategy for you to relax or unwind at the end of the day
- You often indulge more in recreational substances and activities than you intend
- Your relationships with family, friends, or coworkers have become strained due to substance use
- You have a hard time stopping once you’ve started
- You miss work or other obligations as a result
- You find yourself in unsafe situations, like driving under the influence
Recreational substance use can cause problems when people rely upon it too much or too often.
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- 24 Hour Help and Crisis Lines: The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba has a comprehensive list of 24-hour, province-wide help lines to provide support and community connections for mental health, substance use and addictions.
- Manitoba Addictions Helpline: Free, confidential information and referrals to local service providers and support groups. Call toll-free at 1-855-662-6605 (toll-free) or email MBAddictionHelp@afm.mb.ca For general information on addictions support, programs and resources, visit the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba website at https://afm.mb.ca/contact/.
- Care for All in Education Hub: Contact our Team of Wellness Support Specialists to help connect you to substance use assistance programs and counseling in your community by calling 1-877-602-1660, by sending an email to: email@example.com or sending your inquiry through the Contact Us menu of the Hub.
- Your Family/Employee Assistance Program: Contact your workplace F/EAP provider to see how they can help you.
If Drinking Affects You at Work
If your alcohol use is part of an alcohol use disorder that you are seeking treatment to resolve, it’s treated as a health problem. In Manitoba, employers can’t discriminate based on any disability, which includes a mental illness or substance use disorder. Your employer has to try to make reasonable changes to help you if you disclose or say that you have a disability, such as allow you to take time off for treatment. However, it’s also reasonable for employers to set guidelines that keep everyone safe, such as prohibiting intoxication at work. If you belong to a union, they may have a disability management program or a staff member who can help you. Ask your steward if you need help contacting your union.
To Learn More
Learn More about Alcohol Use: For more on making healthier changes to your alcohol use, download the Centre for Addictions Research of BC workbook “Stuff to think about..and ways to make changes”, a comprehensive online learning tool with information person-centred information on finding support, making changes, harm reduction strategies and resources for more help.
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