Historically, employers have gotten a bad rap for not being sympathetic to those who suffer from addiction. The prevailing perception is that employers have focused on identifying those who suffer and weeding them out rather than getting them the help they need. Not surprisingly then, employers have not been viewed as potential partners in the resolution of alcohol and drug problems.
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Many of us who have survived addiction owe our lives to others; in particular to the fellowship of peer-based support groups. One of the sacred traditions of a leading such group is “anonymity”. While this tradition has no doubt served its purpose well, it becomes problematic if its purpose is broadened beyond its intended scope.