Ben’s Friends Talks Substance Abuse in Hospitality Industry, West Coast Expansion

February 26, 2019, 12:53 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) – They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. But when it’s your passion and career, you stay, you work hard and self-care is put on the back burner.

This is where pressures within the hospitality industry reach a boiling point, giving way to addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, employees in restaurants and hotels had the highest rates of substance abuse out of the entire American workforce, but there is a place to get help.

Steve Palmer, managing partner of Indigo Road Restaurant Group, and Mickey Bakst, Maitre D of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel downtown, joined us in-studio to talk about substance abuse in the hospitality industry and how you can get help.

Both men are co-founders of Ben’s Friends, a food and bev industry support group, for those suffering with addiction.