Lululemon was my first job outside of a bar or restaurant. When I was hired, I was 28 years old, fresh out of college, and had just moved from my hometown of Waco, Texas to The Woodlands in North Houston. I’ve proudly been rocking my high-end yoga pants for nearly three years now - both in The Woodlands and New York City. This job has been a consistent support system for my sobriety and my coworkers have been some of my most enthusiastic cheerleaders. Here's how the unique work culture has played a key part in my recovery:
Between gender bias, discrimination against sexual orientation or race, among a slew of other things, there’s no denying that people who don’t fall into a certain category face hurdles in the workplace. It wasn’t until recently that I realized sobriety was one of these.
“If you see something, say something,” isn’t enough when actual lives are on the line.
A creative director named Billy at an advertising agency I freelance for overdosed last month. It's so tragic. He was only 31. Looking through pictures of Billy online, there’s not a single one where he looks sober. He definitely wasn’t new to the game as he died in the bathroom of Soho House, needle in arm.
Funding awarded will support development of cutting edge technology to help individuals achieve their addiction recovery goals.
In 2016 popular interest in addiction soared, particularly after the late fall release of the Surgeon General’s landmark report on addiction. So what addiction trends in particular would you guess are creating the most buzz?
It's been a big year for the movement to spread awareness of addiction and push for more effective, more accessible prevention, treatment, and recovery services. And it wasn't just those personally affected by addiction or healthcare providers that were talking about it. Employers are increasingly taking notice that addiction has grave consequences for both their employees and the bottom line, and recognizing the desperate need for innovative solutions.
The statistics on the opioid crisis are startling. But in designing preventative solutions for addiction the best place to start is often not with numbers but with stories. By listening to people share their personal, raw accounts of addiction we build empathy that unlocks all sorts of insights.
Our programs address a wide variety of addictive behaviors, but substance use is the one employers tend to approach us about. This isn’t necessarily because it’s the biggest challenge they face, but because there is more awareness and understanding of it compared to other addictive behaviors.
Wondering how you’re going to stay sober or semi-sober at your holiday work party? You’re not the only one! Lots of people feel the pressure to drink dialed up during corporate events. Alcohol is a deeply ingrained part of many workplace cultures, at the organizational level, industry level, and even national level.