By Mary Elizabeth Salzmann
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Each takes him to the same happy place. With time and experience, Ed comes to know that when he arrives home from work at the end of a long and tiring day, one drink always makes him feel a little better, while two or three Page 24 enable him to put his cares aside. And with four, he feels terrific! He not only enjoys the mood swing, he actively seeks it. Again, he always returns to the mood he started from; he is not yet paying any emotional cost for his drinking behavior. Ed is now in Phase II.
C. The goal had been to train them to recognize the symptoms of chemical dependence in the workplace and to give them skills in on-the-job interventions. My summary and final comments expressed my expectation that they now could be more useful to many who needed their help in that department. "However," I said, "as we part my concern is in another direction. " After a long minute of silence, I asked them to raise a hand if they had such a family member. All but half a dozen hands went up! The head of the department, who was sitting next to me, was thunderstruck.
He also usually includes a visit to the local watering hole somewhere along his route. Ed is actually planning ways to get together with alcohol more frequently. Some of those ways are clever, ingenious, you might say. The greater the ingenuity, the greater the dependence. " Interestingly, this is one way in which most alcoholics are not particularly ingenious. They stash their bottles in much the same places alcoholics always haveout in the garage, down in the basement, in the bottom drawer of the built-in buffet.