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The collaborative nature of the entertainment industry necessitates working closely with others in stressful situations. Often we are the first people to notice the negative consequences that slowly present themselves when a friend or co-worker is caught in the downward spiral of alcohol or substance abuse.
Subtle changes in a friend or co-worker such as attendance problems, difficulty performing work, unsafe behaviors and social withdrawal begin to affect our work environment. We may find ourselves “covering” for someone whose work is affected by their alcohol or substance use. Problems may progress to the point that our own personal wellbeing and safety is compromised. How to handle this situation is unique in every case.
Below are a few basic guidelines. Click on each heading to find out more, or download a one-sheet PDF of this information.
Have their actions led to: