The Restaurant Industry Grapples with Demons of Addiction, Mental Illness

The Restaurant Industry Grapples with Demons of Addiction, Mental Illness

Restaurant workers are speaking up about substance abuse in the industry Chef: "When I got sober, I got healthy. ... But I felt like I was the only one" (CNN)Chef Brandon Baltzley has struggled with substance abuse for most of his adult life. He loves his job, he says. But the restaurant industry's high-stress, fast-paced culture fueled his appetite for drugs and alcohol as he rose through restaurants in Washington, New York and Chicago. Journalists charted his stumbles through vivid descriptions of his benders. He was an "enfant terrible," the chef who lost opportunities because of his drug addiction. An...

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