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Don Fertman

Subs & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Part 2: A Day in the Life

Don Fertman woke up one morning 40 years ago and poured himself a drink, as usual. But the future Subway exec didn't know this day would be far from ordinary.

Don Fertman

Subs & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Part 1: With a Little Help From My Friends

Don Fertman, longtime Subway exec, writes about a pivotal moment in his 40 years of sobriety: what happened after he went public about his recovery on "Undercover Boss."

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Is Alcohol Big in Your Work Culture? Here’s How To Sidestep — Or Talk About It

The "Mad Men" era may be over, but some workplaces can still be particularly challenging in recovery. Some pointers on putting your sobriety first.

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The Benefits of a Recovery-Friendly Workplace

Also called a "recovery-ready workplace," it's a winning proposition for high-quality employers and employees alike.

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What Is a Recovery-Friendly Workplace?

And how can I create one at my company? Here's why and how implementing a work-life recovery program pays off.

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Facing Down Addiction and Recovery Stigma in Everyday Life

In a perfect world, everyone would admire the feat of recovery — or at least mind their own business. Until then, here are a few tips for dealing with bad attitudes.

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I’m in Recovery and Ready To Work. What Do I Need To Know?

A job can bring serious benefits to your recovery, even beyond the financial ones. But it can also test you. If you understand a few things going in — or going back — you'll be golden.

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Alcohol Addiction at Work: What Employers and Employees Should Know

Alcohol use disorder can cause problems at work — but many also suffer in secret. When workplaces can help employees address it with compassion, everyone benefits.

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Does a ‘High-Functioning’ Person Need Help?

The question is precisely why the term "high functioning" is broadly unhelpful. Plenty of "successful" people struggle with addiction and mental health conditions, and they deserve care.

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How To Respond When an Employee Shares a Mental Health Challenge

The workplace can be a huge factor in mental health, and recovery is part of that for some. Follow these guidelines from the SHRM to show up for your employees while maintaining healthy boundaries.

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How To Spot Suicidal Behaviors in the Workplace

Part of creating a "culture of psychological safety" where employees feel fulfilled and supported is paying attention to signs of distress and knowing how to help. The SHRM shares some useful guidelines.

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What Comes Next? Planning for Life After Treatment

It's a fresh, exciting, maybe-a-little-bewildering new day. Here's what to think about as you prepare to leave treatment and ponder: Who will I be?

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