By Melissa Lafrance on December 5, 2018
For people who struggle with substance use and addictions, it can sometimes be difficult to seek out help and support. It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone. Whether you are looking for help for yourself or supporting a loved one, reach out. Help is available.
Tara’s Concerns: When you are worried about your teenager
Tara is a mother of two and notices that one of her teenage sons is exhibiting addictive behaviours. Lucas has hinted that he might be experimenting with drugs and alcohol and that it has become a coping mechanism. When Tara has brought up her concerns around substance use, Lucas has become angry, hostile and defensive and has become increasingly emotionally distant. Worried about his safety and wellbeing, she’s in need of finding help for herself and Lucas.
Confidential Addiction and Parenting Support:
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), provided by Morneau Shepell, is a confidential and voluntary counselling support service. Counsellors can help with a range of issues, including mental health challenges and substance use or addiction. Services are available in a variety of formats, including video counselling. Tara and Lucas would be able to connect with a professional that specializes in substance use and addiction to receive short-term counselling in they own home at a time that is convenient for them.
Tara can also access parenting advice that will help her communicate with her teenage sons about serious issues. This can be in the form of a consultation and/or she can read the many articles available through www.workhealthlife.com, including this one on having the big talk. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization.)
If the situation requires specialized care or long-term counselling, Morneau Shepell will work to find resources to best meet individual needs and budget.
UBC’s Extended Health Plan also provides reimbursement of counselling services. EFAP can refer them to a registered psychologist, social worker or clinical counsellor. Tara and her eligible dependents, may be reimbursed for 100% of reasonable and customary charges, up to a maximum of $2,500 per person, per year. No doctor’s referral is required to access this service.
Bruce’s Challenge: When gambling isn’t fun anymore
Bruce has always enjoyed a night out at the casino with friends. A few months ago, after comments from a family member regarding the amount of time he spent gambling, he switched to online poker instead. He also recently had to sell his car to be able to pay his rent. Bruce is feeling increasingly self conscious about his gambling and has begun to question whether or not his habits are cause for concern. He would like to talk to a counsellor about his situation and also needs help figuring out his finances.
How EFAP can help:
EFAP has many addictions-related articles including this one on understanding gambling addiction. EFAP provides confidential short-term, in-person counselling that can help Bruce talk about his concerns and determine if he has a gambling addiction. An EFAP counsellor could help him develop coping strategies and practical tools for abstaining from addictive behaviour, with the goal of maintaining abstinence over time. Bruce can also access First Chat, a confidential chat platform that provides online support any time of day.
Bruce would also be able to access financial consultations over the phone to help with budgeting and debt reduction. If the situation requires specialized care or long-term counselling, Bruce could be referred to a counsellor within the community and be covered through UBC’s Extended Health Plan.
For a list of additional resources at UBC and within your community including help lines, support groups, and harm reduction and treatment options, visit the Substance Use and Addiction Support Resources page.
By Colin Hearne on July 6, 2015
Helping Kids Emotionally Prepare For Summer Camp
Going away to summer camp can be the highlight of a child’s year: after all, a cabin full of friends and non-stop fun without parental rule seems like a great proposition. But the idea of being away from home can also be daunting to some children—especially those who haven’t been to camp before —and can stir up feelings of anxiety or a fear of the unknown. UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell has an excellent article on helping your kids emotionally prepare for summer camp – click here to read the full article
By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
UBC staff, faculty and dependents enrolled in EFAP, now have access to a free Naturopathic Service through UBC’s new EFAP provider, Shepell.
In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to overlook the effects that lifestyle choices are having on your wellness. You may think that you could be living better, but you just don’t have the knowledge or time to follow a new lifestyle plan that would help you make better choices. Fortunately, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider, Shepell, is here to support you on the road to health and wellness.
Why Naturopathic Services?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service provides a natural and holistic approach to the maintenance of good health, where the individual is seen as a whole person (physical, mental & emotional aspects) and the symptoms of disease are seen as warning signs of the improper functioning of body and lifestyle habits. Naturopathic professionals will provide you with information about naturopathic medicine and how it works; the program will teach you practical lifestyle practices that you can use every day.
How can the service help?
Shepell’s Naturopathic Service can help you:
- Address sleep difficulties
- Take steps to age well
- Stay healthy and prevent illness
- Improve digestion
- Boost energy levels
- Recognize mind-body connections
- Make good food choices
- Manage stress
- Balance work and personal life
- Learn how the workplace affects your health
- Live well as a shift worker
- Deal with jet lag
- Build your immune system
- Understand midlife health changes
You’ll receive customized health and wellness information and materials on choices related to physiology, diet, lifestyle, and mental/emotional well- being, including illness prevention strategies. Naturopathic Doctors provide assistance on a wide range of topics and can help you explore what naturopathic medicine can do for you.
Accessing Shepell’ s Naturopathic Service
Get on the path to better health by calling your Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, at 1-800-387-4765. For online information and resources, visit www.workhealthlife.com .
Confidential Naturopathic Services are available to you and your family members as part of your EFAP. There is no cost to use the service.
UBC’s Extended Health Coverage
UBC’s Extended Health plan provides coverage for naturopath services. In order to help you understand the coverage, we summarized some main points of this benefit in the September, 2014, edition of Benefit FYI.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact the Health & Wellbeing Associate at 604-827-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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