Addictionland - Addiction Recover Blog
Rebuilding your life as a recovering addict is not easy. There are many facets to the recovery process including rebuilding personal health, self-esteem and relationships that have been damaged by addiction.
Some recovering addicts require vocational supports to help them address employment needs. Depending on the individual, their career opportunities may be limited due to drug related misdemeanor or felony convictions. For others, finding employment that they are qualified for in a compassionate environment that provides ongoing support is difficult. While programs exist, the average employer may be less willing to hire someone with prior drug convictions even after they have stabilized and recovered.
There are many stigmas and assumptions about hiring addicts and the prejudice can further complicate an individual’s recovery. Recent surveys have disclosed that employers should be less concerned about hiring a new recovering addict and more focused on evaluating which current employees may need help with illicit drug addictions....
We all know that going to the doctor to get a prescription for an ailment we experience is a typical activity in modern life. Addiction experts believe though that there are certain types of prescriptions drugs associated with addiction and as a result tighter restrictions to make them harder to get have been sanctioned. It would appear that these restrictions would help limit the potential cases of addiction however evidence has suggested of that not being the case. In the case of painkillers it has led to unexpected and most significantly unwelcome consequences in terms of addiction.
Did you know that between the years of 1997 and 2007 the milligram per-person rate of painkillers rose by 402 percent? This growing statistic led to legislators making the drugs less accessible and for manufacturers to reformulate the actual pills themselves. As painkillers became regulated, a bigger threat still emerged, as heroin became the unwelcome replacement for those facing addiction to painkillers.
La Paloma (an FRN partner) an treatment center that offers an integrated treatment plan for persons with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders has developed an article (http://www.lapalomatreatment.