Grrrrr I’m unable to find the link to the story about the Swedish doctor who is an alcoholic and was in danger of losing his job because of his after work romance with alcohol. Anyway this topic has me thinking…
- If you’re an alcoholic or addict, should you be able to partake after hours to any extent your addiction wants? (Notice I said your addiction wants)
- Is it different if you are lets say a doctor whom does surgery, an airline pilot, a teacher?
- What is your employment place allowed to do if they find out you are a hard core addict/alcoholic?
- Is it any different if your job is a parent?
Now mind you my answers to these questions are opinions and just that, I speak of no facts at this point since I can’t find the darn link (spoken between my teeth with sweet smile, yes my sarcastic abilities are many).
Personally I think your afterwork hours are just that yours, if you want to get bombed so be it, just don’t take it to work with you. Now I understand how impossible that can turn into. I went to work many of mornings still drunk and many of days went and got drunk while still on the job, but I wasn’t an on-call doctor, not an airline pilot, not a delivery person; I was an office manager and then in the evenings a telemarketer so I only dealt most of the time with customers over the phone. I do know that if I went to see a doctor that smelled of liquor, uhhhh I’d be walking out. Your job is your professional life and when our addictions start to control our lives to the point we are taking it into our work place then well a big red flag is waving saying “I’m gonna hit bottom pretty damn soon, someone help please!” So my answer to question number 2 is simple, in my opinion; hell yes!
As far as what is allowed between you, your addictions and your employer; I imagine it has to do with the company, if you have taken an oath, licensing, how well your employer wants to know you, if they even care. I do know back when I was working, the state I was in said flat out if you have an issue and your employer feels it’s at the point that it’s in the way then they have to offer you treatment, if you go and go right back into active addiction then they can fire you and if you turn treatment down then they can let you go no questions asked and of course they can by law do random tests on their employees to find out whether employees drink or do illegal drugs. Like I said, while I was working I would partake at any hour however the owner of the company is an alcoholic/addict. I really believe it has to do with what kind of job you are doing, my piddly customer service job was just that piddly compared to someone whom is going to diagnose someone and perform treatment on them. And you better not be drunk flying a damn plane, that’s just some scary shit!
And we come to number 4….I should’ve been fired long ago. It pains me to think of the dangers my children were in or would be in while I was in my active career of a drunk bitch. Hence I stay sober one minute, one hour, one day at a time.