Has anyone had to address a member with a substance abuse problem about the effect that their habit has on the rest of the community?
I have one member who has opened up to us about his alcohol dependency, and has recently begun to vocalize how much he relies on our community to keep him from drinking too much. Our staff provides immense love and compassion toward him and have been able to balance their work while also giving him attention and support in a meaningful way with out interrupting their day too much. Lately though, as his drinking habits have begun to increase in frequency, his behavior has become more of a nuisance to staff and the community. He doesn’t often drink at the office, rather just on his way in. I did ask him to promise me he will not drink in the office, to which he responded that he would not on that particular day, but said that he would need reminding of on a daily basis. I adore this member and feel an immense amount of empathy for him, and an impulse to guide him through this struggle, but I also know I cannot bear the burden of his drinking problem, nor do I want my staff or the community to feel pressured to do the same. Anyone have any advice on how to approach substance abuse issues in a way that considers the needs of everyone?