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DR NEIL BRENER, DR GILL MACLEOD AND DAVID SMALLWOOD - ADDICTION IN THE WORKPLACE - “OUT OF THE SHADOWS”

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The first question is what is the City and why is it so important. The City is much more than just Bankers. It is a complete ecosystem from the mail room to the CEO and all in between. It is a community as much as a workplace, with rules and special cultural traits. There are of course many support systems that make it work. But, this session will look specifically at three fundamental questions that are pertinent to working in the city:
• Is there a specific addiction problem in the City?
• Is addiction any different in City workers?
• In a post Brexit City what will happen to the treatment of addiction and other mental health problems?
Having collectively worked in the City for over twenty years the panel will attempt to answer these questions. The session will look at treatment and the changing attitudes to addiction and mental health in the City.

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DR NEIL BRENER, DR GILL MACLEOD AND DAVID SMALLWOOD - ADDICTION IN THE WORKPLACE - “OUT OF THE SHADOWS”

  1. 1. ICAAD 2018 Addiction in the Workplace
  2. 2. Quest Diagnostics • Methamphetamine use has risen 64 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to Quest Diagnostics. This is after a four-year period in which positive tests plateaued, between 2008 and 2012. • In 2016, 4.2 percent of all urine tests came back positive, up from 4.0 percent in 2015 and the highest rate since 2004's 4.5 percent, according to the company. • According to Quest Diagnostics, the positivity rate for cocaine in post- accident urine drug tests was more than twice that of pre- employment drug tests, and also was higher than the rate in random drug tests. •
  3. 3. The City Risk Factors • High pressure • Long hours • Financial gain (security) • Stress – Breakdown of Connection • Peer Pressure (alcohol-Cocaine-Sex) • Plateau in Career
  4. 4. We are not as clever as we think we are Homo Erectus 1.1 Million years • Survival because of Connection • Disconnection =Death • Tribe = Security, intimacy, Sex, Survival ! • 70K years ago Need for Cognitive reasoning and problem solving • Lost the ability to use limbic brain • Lost connectedness
  5. 5. Legacy for Addiction •Sensitivity •Developmental trauma •Disconnected
  6. 6. The answer? •Stop the Using • Rehab, AA, Na etc •TAKE A HISTORY • Therapist identify developmental milestones •Reduce Trauma • Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Trauma Workshops
  7. 7. Continued Recovery •Aftercare •Post trauma aftercare • Fellowships / Support groups •Become Reconnected •Talking about trauma Does not reduce trauma

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