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Myth Busters: The Affliction of Addiction and The Victimization of Vocation

Written By Ethan Bickelhaupt

Written By Ethan Bickelhaupt

Addiction costs. There’s no real way to get around it. Addiction has been known to destroy lives, end careers, kill relationships, and there’s the sobering reminder that in the wake of thesecircumstances, you feel the weight of the responsibility coupled with the belief that there’s no end in sight. Yet, despite the resources available to you, the idea of recovery seems beyond your reach and not available soon enough.You feel out of control, as if there is no hope. Cliches ring out, “There is hope!”  “Recovery is possible!” And while these things may be true, for you, such things seemingly do not apply.


Tired, frustrated, berated by the inner voice that’s telling you there’s no way out, you seek to find solace in that which is detrimental to your soul. That which has caused you to feel trapped also serves as your escape. Your mind, will, and emotions are tattered. You feel helpless as the days and nights go by, seemingly without end. Then there are the outside factors. What about your career, your peers, your reputation? Surely admission of addiction is career suicide. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, survival of the fittest, eat or be eaten. It’s your need to survive by way of employment VS your need to survive by way of rehabilitation. It’s a catch 22. You're damned if you do, damned if you don’t.


But what if none of that was true? What if it was possible to maintain your career, your relationship with your peers, and your reputation? What if the people who truly loved and respected you realized that it took character to admit your addiction and to needing and getting help? What does it say to your devotion to your career, your livelihood, and your clients about your desire to move forward stronger, wiser, and more focused? All of your hard work and education does not have to be for naught. You have a purpose. There is value in who you are and there are ways to help reinforce those truths! Light at the end of a tunnel does not have to mean that another train is coming toward you. There are possibilities out there and they are waiting for you.!


For example, did you know that the American Disability Act allows for people to maintain their job while going to rehab? It’s true! You don’t have to be disbarred or discredited. You don’t have to lose any licenses and Parkdale has measures put in place to help reassure you of that fact.

But it all begins with one simple step, a phone call, and a real desire to see real change in your life. Yes, we can help and we’re just one phone call away.