Recovering addict with LOTS of questi...

Recovering addict with LOTS of questions!

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#7 Jul 18, 2013
If you have been diagnosed as an addict then most medical fields will require you to disclose that for licensing issues and it is possible that it could be a barrier for entry.

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#8 Jul 18, 2013
I would also consider working solely on recovery the first few YEARS I'm sobriety. The best laid plans will be undermined by a relapse and relapses are common.
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Really

Barboursville, WV

#10 Jul 18, 2013
Go back to school and share your story. Be a substance abuse counselor. You are never too old.

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#11 Jul 18, 2013
Welcome Back Life wrote:
<quoted text>I have thought about this A LOT and here is what I have concluded, please feel free to reply with your opinion...

The medical field, both RX and becoming a doctor or nurse would put me around narcotics and that could be considered a problem. However, ALL of those fields have LOTS of policies in place to hold people accountable and ensure they do not abuse the medications they have access to. Plus, I have battled addiction for a decade and seen the destruction and heartache it can cause. I know many recovering addicts would disagree with me but I truly feel I have already whipped the mental addiction and would NEVER go back there, especially if I have spent years of hard work getting into a career like that and know that one mistake could take it all away! At this point, the physical addiction/dependence is all I have left to overcome. Withdrawals suck and because of my son I cannot allow myself to become too sick but if it weren't for that I would honestly take on going cold turkey because I DESPISE drugs at this point for what they have done to my life!

With that said, being in any of those fields would not only allow me to fulfill a lifelong dream but also put me in a position to possibly stop someone else from going down the path I did or help them recover if they already have become addict. Addiction, the real horrors of it, cannot be learned from a book. I have lived it and experienced the devastation it can cause so I would definitely be qualified to spot addictive behavior and uniquely qualified to explain the consequences addiction can bring. Therefore, the medical field may be the PERFECT place for me because I have battled addiction so I know the dangers of taking controlled medications even when you take them as prescribed. So, I would be very cautious about prescribing those medications or filling those prescriptions and always be looking for signs of addiction in hopes I could intervene before it was too late for someone.
If you are on some type of drug replacement therapy no one will give you a license in the medical field.
dale gribble

Huntington, WV

#12 Jul 18, 2013
I could be mistaken, but i'm pretty sure that if you're going to the methadone clinic it's gonna be on your medical history or whatever and you can't work in that field.
dale gribble

Huntington, WV

#13 Jul 18, 2013
crap was beaten by 3 mins by mentalvoyuer
Miss Practicality

Huntington, WV

#14 Jul 18, 2013
Congrats on your sobriety. I agree that you should probably not go into a medical field and that your former addiction may be a hindrance.
I suggest instead, if you're good at the sciences, that you go into industrial safety or geology, or just straight biology. There are TONS of jobs with the state that cannot be filled because there are not enough qualified applicants. You would be opening yourself up to be able to work in the gas and oil industry or even coal. If you have any talent in engineering, you can write your own check.

29-30 is not too old to go back to school. Look at it this way: you're going to be 50 anyway, you might as well get a degree. As far as children, if you time your pregnancies to deliver in the summer, you won't miss any of the more important semesters of work.

Good luck to you, Miss Welcome. You write well and seem very intelligent, and that my dear, is half the battle.
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#17 Jul 18, 2013
You have a lot to learn
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Youngstown, OH

#18 Jul 18, 2013
Abigail

Hurricane, WV

#19 Jul 18, 2013
The question is: If you will be 50 if you go back, how old will you be if you don't?
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#20 Jul 18, 2013
Welcome Back Life wrote:
These are more "life based" questions....
I am 29 now so I am no "spring chicken" but I have already completed some college before my addiction began. In the time I have been out of school I have done a lot of growing and soul searching and realize thie degree I was pursuing is DEFINITELY NOT what I want to do with my life. My husband has a great job so I have the advantage and ability to not work and focus on school and when I dropped out my GPA was about 3.0 and I had great ACT scores. But, it's been a long time since I was in school so for at least the first semester I wouldn't want to take more than 1-2 classes because I don't want to overwhelm myself and I think I need a little time to "get back in the groove".
I've narrowed my career choices down to a few choices (pharmacist, psychiatrist, psychologist, or a number of fields working in biological sciences with wildlife such as with the Corp of Engineers, DNR, etc.) Obviously all except for a psychologist I would most likely need a degree in biology. I am good at science and I love it so doing well isn't a problem. However, I don't know even after the first semester if I would be able to go full-time especially for the duration of the under-grad degree. I want more children so if I got pregnant there is at least one semester I would have to take off and I don't want to be 50 when I graduate. Is it TOTALLY unrealistic to think about pursuing careers like a pharmacist or doctor? MU's new pharmacy program can technically be completed in 6 YRS IF you are accepted into the pharmacy school two years into your schooling and because it is so competitive most students do not get accepted until after getting their bachelor's degree which turns it into an "8 YR" program. Obviously, med school is even longer and more competitive than that!
I don't want to start on a bachelor's degree with the intent of going on to grad school in the RX or Med direction and either not get accepted or decide I would rather stop after the bachelor's degree and just start working and have a degree in biology but not the right focus of biology to do the other work I am interested in (working with wildlife/animals) and basically be stuck with a worthless degree. I have a meeting with the chair of the biology dept. soon but I want some other people's opinions before going in. I've also considered pursuing nursing.
So I guess my questions boil down to: Am I too old to go back at all? If not, should I focus on strictly careers I cam get with a bachelors degree and give up any dream of grad school because of age and possible delays that could arise during my pursuit. Is there a particular degree or focus within a certain college (particularly biology) that would be the most likely to allow me to work in any of the careers I've mentioned with just a bachelors but also allow me a chance to pursue RX/Med school if I decide to?
And, if I decided to go with nursing would it make more sense to try to get into an LPN program then do the programs that allow you to go from LPN to RN with an associate then the programs that do associate to bachelors of nursing. That plan would kind of give me "stair steps" and allow me to take breaks in between goals, etc.
Thoughts on all the careers, education path, etc?
Hello.

Good for you!

I would say this to you, You've mapped out what options you have and that you have the 'home-base' stability & balance to do what you want to get somewhere... That in itself is awesome, Just, I would say to you... Narrow it down a little more. You are heading in the right direction. You will get in 'your' groove'
Good Luck & Blessings!
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Miss Practicality

Huntington, WV

#22 Jul 18, 2013
A bachelors is a start, but a Masters is better. However, if you can land a job with just the bachelors, a lot of private industry will pay for your schooling for a Masters. Mr. Practicality did his Masters (environmental science) in less than two years and got a job a private company right away.
So, if you plan to stay in WV, a science degree is a no-brainer. However, I would avoid going toward counseling as a previous poster suggested; while many are needed, the pay is barely above minimum in this area. Stick with the pure sciences!
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lol

Milton, WV

#28 Jul 20, 2013
"IMO", everything you say is the exception rather than the rule. And, whether on Topix or to their friends/family, an addict's talk is quite cheap.
hey

Faber, VA

#29 Jul 20, 2013
_-zaphod-_ wrote:
<quoted text>It's good to have ambition. But addicts normally do. They also usually fall flat. A dose of reality won't hurt. Especially since she's under the impression that she's kicked while she's still getting her daily dose.
I'm not saying that she's going to fail or that she isn't on her way. I just think that she's jumping the gun. She's making a distinction between mental and physics addiction and they're not as easily separated as that.
You seriously don't think the mental addiction is much different than the physical? I beg to differ on that. I personally have never been addicted to anything but my child's father has been addicted to heroin for the last two years. He was clean for six months and physically was fine but the mental toll got him and he was right back on it. The mental part is for life. The physical part last for a very short time.
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#31 Jul 20, 2013
She's not over the mental part yet either. Take away the methadone and see how quickly the drug seeking behavior, the mental obsession and the other ways of acting out return. She's still getting her fix.
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lol

Milton, WV

#33 Jul 20, 2013
Welcome Back Life wrote:
Out of curiosity, at that point would those that doubt the medical field is the best option would you then feel differently?
Whenever you stop identifying yourself as a recovering addict.
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DontAskDontTell

Kenova, WV

#36 Jul 23, 2013
Not to sound like a b*tch but people need to suck it up and just stop the drugs! Replacing one drug with another is pointless... and coming from a person in the medical field, No you will never be licensed esp in pharmacy... They check your medical history and they have the right to deny anyone licensing and employment per the federal government. They also have the right if you've had issues with mental instability in the past. Its just the way she goes. Best of luck in your future endeavors dear.

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