Addiction

Addictions are more common than most people think.  No one chooses to become addicted.  And it's difficult to shed addictions without help and support.  It's smart to ask for help to regain self-control.  If you need to talk to someone about addictions, Teamsters Service Bureau can help you create a plan for conquering addiction.  Call us.  We're here for you. Don't let your solution become the problem.

 

  • Drugs

  • Gambling

  • Alcohol

  • Television

  • Computers

  • Relationships

DEPRESSION

Depression is more than just feeling sad; depressive disorders are serious in that they involve the whole person: feelings, body, thoughts, and behaviors. Depression is not a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot "pull themselves together" or snap out of it. Through the Teamsters Service Bureau, you are eligible for three free counseling sessions.  Services are free and confidential. 

 

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities

  • Disturbances in eating & sleep patterns

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

  • Restlessness or irritability

ELDERCARE ASSISTANCE

Caregiver Solutions is a division of the Minnesota Area Agency on Aging.  Their knowledgeable consultants have clinical resources that can provide in person caregiver/care receiver assessments.  Eldercare consultants can assist you with:

 

  • Information and assistance regarding services for older adults

  • Making informed choices about benefits

  • Options for seniors to help maintain independence in the community

  • Assisted living options

  • Referrals to community services

 

This service will consist of an initial telephone consultation with a qualified eldercare/caregiver specialist, recommendations, referrals, and follow up.

LEGAL SERVICES

The Teamsters Service Bureau can help you connect to an experienced attorney in your area for most types of legal issues.

The Service Bureau provides one free 30 minute consultation available over the phone or in person, with an attorney who specializes in your issue.  If your situation requires ongoing legal services, Teamster members receive a discount on the legal fees.

 

Free consultations and discounted attorney rates for Teamster members on issues such as:

 

  • Wills, trusts, conservatorship

  • Child support, adoption, custody

  • Garnishments, loans, consumer complaints

  • DWI/DUI, traffic violations, accidents

  • Landlord/tenant and leasing issues

  • Misdemeanor and felony charges

FINANCIAL STRESS

Everyone worries about money.  We live in a society where money and personal belongings are often considered a measurement of one's success.  In these times of charging now and paying later, it is easy to get in over your head financially. Check out your financial health:
 

  • Does your paycheck disappear before you receive it?

  • Are your credit cards "maxed out?"

  • Are you suffering from stress related to money worries?

 

You have access to certified financial counselors who can help with a wide range of financial issues. Certified credit and housing counselors can help with budgeting and savings plans, debt management plans, hosing issues including mortgage modifications and foreclosure concerns, pre-bankruptcy counseling, retirement planning, student loan review, educating teens about budgeting, credit report review and recommendations to improve your credit score.

RELATIONSHIPS

Healthy relationships are essential to a fulfilling experience at work and at home.  Do your relationships have:
 

  • A shared sense of humor?

  • A sense that you're really listened to?

  • A way to negotiate what you need?

  • A balance of power and control?

  • A way to "save face" when you make a mistake?


Even the best relationships have "trying times."  However, if you answered "no" to several of the above questions consider calling us to speak with a family service specialist.  The Service Bureau provides three free, in person counseling sessions with a professional, local counselor.  We can assist you with creating an action plan for strengthening both your personal and professional relationships.

STRESS

Life does not always go smoothly.  All of us experience times when a personal problem or crisis situation affects the way we function at work and at home.  At times our personal problems can be overwhelming and we need assistance finding solutions. Is stress taking over your life? Look for these warning signs:

 

  • Do you always feel tired or have trouble sleeping?

  • Do you have frequent headaches, stomachaches, colds, or muscle pains?

  • Are you often impatient with family members or co-workers?

  • Do noisy situations drive you crazy?

  • Are you feeling a sense of helplessness or hopelessness?

  • Do you over-react to others' mistakes?

 

The Service Bureau can assist you with financial and legal concerns, managing stress and change, marriage and family problems, work related issues, and alcohol and chemical dependency concerns.  

WORK RELATIONSHIPS

We often interact with our co-workers more than we do with our own family members.  So it's important to cultivate a healthy work relationship.  If you're experiencing stress because of conflict on the job, call us.  We're here for you.

 

  • All relationships take work - stick with it!

  • Don't make assumptions. Clear up misunderstandings. Left on their own, they can build and cause explosions.

  • Don't take things personally. Other people may be focused on their own bad day.

  • Be safe & trustworthy. Avoid getting caught up in the gossip chain.

WHAT DOES MY SERVICE BUREAU PROGRAM BENEFIT COVER?

The Teamsters Service Bureau offers free, confidential assistance to Teamsters and their families.  We have services to support many facets of your life including: Relationships, Family, Eldercare, Financial, and Legal.  Explore these topics in more depth below. Check back soon for a printable version of these materials.


CALL US. WE'RE HERE TO HELP.

(612) 676-3700


If you need help immediately, crisis counselors are available by phone 24/7 by calling: (800) 979-9725

Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau

We are an equal opportunity employer/program provider.

​Telephone : ​612-676-3700

Fax : 612-676-3748
Email : services@mntsb.org