Now completing a three-month program at the Mission Australia Drug and Alcohol Youth Centre’s rehabilitation house in Carlisle, a suburb of Perth, the stories of the five subjects featured by Butler are quite inspiring and in some instances, alarming.
One of those recovering drug addicts is sixteen-year-old Tom, who has been clean for more than three months and has put on some weight. The really disturbing part is about him becoming a drug user at the very young age of 10, and an ice addict by 12. The same is actually true of Mark, 17, who started to use drugs at 11.
It is also worth noting that some of them were employed at the height of their addiction. Tom was a bricklayer and a roof tiler. Sixteen-year-old Rodney, meanwhile, was a promising footballer in a WAFL junior development squad before his drug use got the better of him. Most of the featured recovering addicts also expressed optimism towards finding new jobs when they’re done with the program.
Recovering drug addicts in rehab deserve a second chance to get their lives back on track. However, for employers that would give them that chance despite their history with drugs, we could only hope that they have undergone drug policy development and have workplace drug policies in place to make sure they don’t suffer a relapse while employed with them and endanger the help and safety of the workforce.
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