Delicate Conversations: If You Suspect Substance Abuse

It may be among the toughest conversations you ever have to initiate. But when you think a colleague is in trouble—experiencing difficulties with drugs and alcohol or spiraling into a seemingly intractable depression, for example—it is worse, for both your friend and the firm, to avoid the issue. We’ve asked professionals in the know for advice on approaching a colleague, and offering constructive help and support when these delicate issues arise. ...

Originally published September 12, 2012
Last updated September 10, 2019
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