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Table of Contents
  • Controversy: Have researchers debunked the central tenets of AA?
  • EAPA invites chapter and branch leaders to attend online 'town hall' meeting
  • E-cigarettes and workplace smoking policies: To ban or not to ban, that is the question
  • The surprising downside of workplace cheerfulness
  • EAP lunch and learn topic for the 21st Century: How to manage media in families
  • Security expert answers FAQs about workplace violence
  • Return from rehab: Dealing with demons and deadlines
  • A health care problem yet to be solved: Workplace depression
  • Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn't stop addicts
  • Study: Workplace suicide on the rise

  • Controversy: Have researchers debunked the central tenets
    of AA?

    The Atlantic
    Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.
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    EAPA invites chapter and branch leaders to attend online 'town hall' meeting
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA chapter and branch leaders are invited and encouraged to participate in EAPA's first online chapter/branch leader "town hall" meeting, 1-2 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, March 26. The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum for current and potential leaders to share and hear ideas, best practices, concerns, and challenges regarding how to build, maintain, and nurture thriving chapters and branches. Among the items suggested for discussion are best practices for chapter/branch officer succession planning, engaging more affiliate providers in chapter/branch activities and facilitating EAP internships for graduate students.
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    E-cigarettes and workplace smoking policies: To ban or not to ban, that is the question
    The National Law Review
    Smoking in the workplace is slowly becoming an antiquated notion. Federal and state laws ban smoking in some places, and an increasing patchwork of local ordinances decreases the availability of indoor and even outdoor smoking in some circumstances. Complicating matters, as it usually does, is the rise of new technology that straddles the line between permissible and impermissible conduct — the e-cigarette.
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    The surprising downside of workplace cheerfulness
    TIME
    Every workplace has one: that super-cheerful, bubbly co-worker who — if we're going to be really honest here — probably drives you up the wall a little bit. Don't feel bad. As it turns out, you're probably a better worker than they are. A new study finds that happiness makes people productive in the workplace, but only up to a point. After a certain threshold, being too happy contributes to a lack of motivation — probably not exactly what the boss wants.
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    EAP lunch and learn topic for the 21st Century: How to manage media
    in families

    The New York Times
    When it comes to smart phones and social media, the Internet is bursting with dozens of multi-plank contracts for parents to execute with their children. But a three-page contract will be swiftly ignored and even it can't keep up with the last parent-avoiding app. What are the overarching rules that could guide our interactions?
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    Security expert answers FAQs about workplace violence
    Safety.BLR.com
    Active assailants are a risk that every employer is aware of these days, given the frequency and severity of recent attacks on workplaces in the United States. In 2014, there were 19 active assailant incidents, which resulted in 68 deaths and 208 injuries, and more than 40 percent of those attacks occurred in workplaces.
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    Return from rehab: Dealing with demons and deadlines
    Workforce
    More than 40 million, or 16 percent of Americans age 12 or older, meet the clinical criteria of having a substance addiction to alcohol, nicotine or other drugs, according to a 2012 report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University titled "Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap Between Science and Practice." However, only 1 in 10 of those addicted to alcohol or non-nicotine drugs receives any kind of treatment. But the few who do enter rehab also have to deal with the reality of returning from it.
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    A health care problem yet to be solved: Workplace depression
    MedCity News
    For every dollar spent on treating depression, almost five dollars is spent on the treatment and workplace costs of related medical conditions like back and chest pain, sleep disorders and migraines — placing a greater financial burden on businesses and the health care system, according to new research measuring the economic impact of depression.
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    Harder-to-abuse OxyContin doesn't stop addicts
    CBS News
    Prescription painkiller abuse is rampant in the United States according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. As the problem grew out of control in recent years, lawmakers, health officials and drug companies sought ways to curb illicit use of these medications, and one promising solution was to change the way the pills were made. But it turns out that change hasn't deterred drug abusers as effectively as officials might have hoped.
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    Study: Workplace suicide on the rise
    The Huffington Post
    Suicide is responsible for nearly 1 million deaths worldwide each year, and the rate is continuing to rise — particularly in the workplace, according to a new study. Researchers examined Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injury data from 2003 to 2010 and found that more than 1,700 people died by suicide on the job. The study also found that workplace suicides were 15 times higher for men than for women.
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