As we close out Alcohol Awareness Month, we want to underscore our union’s support for members in recovery now, and those who are considering using recovery services for the first time in their lives. We realize that for so many working people, the pandemic has been a time of tremendous loss and increased stress, and we want to make sure everyone is aware of our union’s services that can help break the cycle of alcohol dependence.

With our Modern Assistance Program, members can access a variety of resources, including substance abuse counseling. We encourage members to take full advantage of all services that Modern Assistance provides, including mental health counseling, to reduce the risk of alcohol dependence. Additional resources include alternative healthcare options, stress management, outpatient treatment programs, conflict management, and coping with grief and loss. For support, visit or call (800) 878-2004.

If you are seeking recovery services, we also encourage you to contact the Mass Building Trades Recovery Council for professional support services and the solidarity of other union tradesmen and tradeswomen. The Recovery Council connects union workers with counseling, treatment, and peer-to-peer support that are completely free of charge and these connections can help people reconnect and start a pathway to recovery. Take the first step by visiting MassBTC Recovery Council.