Bartenders are around alcohol on a regular basis. This proximity to alcohol can lead to alcohol abuse and addiction, and it may jeopardize recovery.
Environmental Factors to Alcoholism
Proximity to alcohol is a risk factor for addiction. In other words, by simply being around an addictive substance you greatly increase your risk of becoming addicted. Bartenders constantly have opportunities to drink, and may be enticed to do so by watching everyone else have fun. Other situations may trigger a bartender’s alcoholism, especially if he has a genetic predisposition or a history of depression.
Recovering from Addiction without Sacrificing your Career
Having a job as a bartender may contribute to addiction, but it can also pose special challenges for recovery. One of the primary methods for maintaining sobriety during recovery is to avoid situations that put you around the drug of your choice. This can pose a dilemma for a bartender who is in recovery for alcoholism: either quit a job or jeopardize recovery. It may be that neither of these is a workable solution, which can stalemate a recovering alcoholic.
For bartenders who are not committed to a career tending bar, for example someone who is working through college, the choice should be relatively easy: no part-time job is worth the risks associated with ongoing alcoholism. If this is the case for you or a loved one, find another line of work.
However, there are those who have made a career out of tending bar, are very good at it or who know no other occupation. She may even own a bar, is committed to the business and succeeds at it. In this case, ignoring the small business could spell the end of a successful enterprise that has been the result of a life’s work. This scenario presents an especially challenging set of circumstances and a difficult decision.
Professional treatment for alcoholism offers your best chance for recovering from addiction while still being able to pursue your chosen profession. Ongoing support can give you the strength and resolve to be around temptation without succumbing to it.
Help Finding Treatment for Alcoholism
There are many resources available to help those who wish to stop drinking. If you are physically dependent on alcohol, then inpatient treatment will help you detox safely and begin recovery in a secure, supportive environment. For those whose alcohol addiction is more situational and does not involve physical dependence, outpatient counseling can help them stop drinking. Furthermore, support groups for recovering alcoholics can help people maintain sobriety while being able to work and function in a world that includes alcohol.
If you would like help finding treatment for alcoholism or support during recovery, or if you have questions about alcoholism, treatment and recovery, call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have and to help you find the treatment you need.