Brad Oneil, CCAC ASAT
Founder of Global Addiction Recovery
Brad is a Certified Addiction Counsellor and Sex Addiction Therapist who owns and operates a traditional Intensive Outpatient Treatment program. He studied addictions at Mount Royal University and Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His combination of education and personal experience as someone in recovery, make him well qualified to help others who struggle with addiction and addiction related issues.
Over the course of his career, he has provided treatment to employees of a wide range of companies in industries which include: Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, Law firms, Construction, Public Utilities, Teaching, Health Care, Airlines, Insurance, Entertainment, Food Service, Retail, Agriculture, Professional Athletes, Real Estate, Automobile Industry, Sales, Banking, and more.
Why Online Learning for Addictions?
Recognizing that different clients learn differently, seeing the continuing growth in the use of technology, and tremendous acceptance of online learning, Brad decided to re-tool his programs for an online teaching approach.
Not everyone needs residential treatment, and many don’t do well in those environments. The cost of private residential treatment programs is significant. If the employee is expected to pay for their own treatment, it is often an obstacle. The thought of spending 30, 60 or 90 days away from family and other support creates mental barriers and is usually met with resistance.
If costs for treatment are covered by the corporation, these costs might be eliminated if employees participate in this early intervention.
The funds available for counselling through employee assistance programs barely give a therapist enough time to scratch the surface of the addict’s problems, develop a recovery plan or look at underlying contributors.
Each of the programs (excluding Supervisor Training) have been consistently delivered in our treatment center with high success rates.
After doing numerous interviews with owners of corporations, CFO’s, and Human Resource Specialists, it became apparent that an online, early intervention program or programs could be very helpful for companies.
The individual programs are aimed at employees who want to, or need to, make changes and either don’t know where to turn for help, or for a variety of reasons can’t or won’t get help.
The suite of programs is available to corporations who want to offer non-threatening help for employees struggling with the disease of addiction, and related issues.
Each program can be delivered as a mandated course or can be voluntarily taken by any employee.
Benefits for Employers
Our programs offer a less confrontational way of addressing and offering a solution for the difficult topic of addiction. Some employees might take the programs before intervention is necessary.
By having these programs available, employers illustrate to employees that they are sensitive and supportive of their struggles.
For a fraction of what substance abuse alone is costing the organization, a full suite of courses is available which address some of the most common issues employees face.
Expensive residential treatment may be avoided.
If employee is fit to work, courses can be taken during non-work hours.
If short-term disability is required, materials can be completed easily during disability period.
Benefits for Employees
Employees usually know they have an addiction issue before it is apparent to the employer. While disclosure may be in their best interest, several factors including shame, often prevents this from happening. This gives them an avenue to address their situation without having to disclose.
Some employees may already be in the process of addressing their addiction and struggling with relapse. They can get help through the relapse prevention course.
Sex or Porn addiction affects up to 6% of the population with the same effects (absenteeism, lack of productivity) as substance abuse and almost never is addressed at the corporate level. This course will help those employees.
Having these programs available, allow employees to tackle issues which are causing problems in their major life areas which include work.