Clay Cutts, L.M.S.W. | You May Need Alcohol Treatment If You Get Into Trouble At Work

You May Need Alcohol Treatment If You Get Into Trouble At Work

Alcohol TreatmentI didn’t get into trouble every time I drank, but every time I got into trouble I had been drinking. This revelation, which I had early in my alcohol treatment program, is one of the key reasons I call myself “alcoholic”.

I was one of the lucky ones who drank alcoholically for years but never lost my job. I later realized that I had been very close to getting fired.

Problems At Work

The last six months of my drinking career I was working for a big company doing IT work. I was the guy who fixed computers and set up email accounts for new employees and such. My direct supervisor did not work in the building to which I had been assigned. My work assignments came to me via an electronic ticketing system. So, I was pretty well left alone as long as the tickets were handled efficiently, which they usually were.

The problem was that I also had to deal with people, which was a problem for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t like people. It was just that I felt so rotten every day that it was impossible for me to be pleasant. I felt bad every morning because I got drunk every night.

I was fairly good at my job so when someone complained about me the bosses took mercy on me and transferred me to a different building. Of course, it wasn’t long before I has another conflict with someone and had to be transferred again. Luckily for me, the company was big and there was a lot of room for me to be shuffled around rather being terminated.

As I look back I see that I was unbelievably lucky to have not been fired. My attitude was horrible and some of my outbursts were way over the top.

But I Don’t Drink AT Work!

I always felt proud that I never drank at work or during the workday. Drinking was an after work activity for me. This was always a big deal in my mind. The fact that I was working at a diminished capacity most days, and was basically useless on the worst days, really did not occur to me. The only time I showed up to work not feeling bad was when I was still drunk from the previous night.

My behavior was dishonest since I was not giving my employer the full days work for which I was being paid.

Just as I was lucky to not get fired, I was also lucky to find a way to not drink. For me, this took the form of an intensive outpatient alcohol treatment program. I worked during the day and went to the group in the evenings. It was difficult and inconvenient but it helped.

I no longer drink…and I no longer get myself into any (much) trouble!

 


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