From the February 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Government-Industry Team

All Canadian provinces have sources of information on alcoholism, as well as available treatment centers. But [Ontario's] Addiction Research Foundation, a provincial agency set up in 1949 to provide information, treatment, and research on alcoholism and drug abuse, is unique in maintaining a program specifically for the employed alcoholic. More than 60 Ontario companies and government departments have established joint programs with ARF's clinic on Toronto's May Street. There, in the past two years, some 400 Ontario employees suffering from alcoholism have received treatment. Of the first 100 referrals (those back on the job long enough for reasonable appraisal), more than 60 have returned to work at normal or improved productivity levels.

The first stage is training the supervisor to recognize the alcoholic on the job. Applying what ARF calls "constructive coercion," the supervisor personally approaches an employee whose productivity has clearly suffered and refers him to the company medical department for poor job performance. Once the doctor agrees on the nature of the problem, the patient is advised to enroll at the May Street center "as a prerequisite for keeping his job."

-- Michael Orr

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