Broke and Homeless: Cost of Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction

Broke and Homeless: Cost of Drug Addiction

How Drug Addiction could cost me my employment

The job market is crowded with teens trying to get jobs. And employers are reluctant to hire teens because they worry about them taking their responsibilities seriously.

When drug addiction is involved, it just compounds the issue. With drug addiction, there are problems that always seem to get in the way. They know addiction clouds your judgment: Worrying about your next high generally wins out if it’s a choice between catching a buzz or showing up for work on time – or at all. Businesses depend on their employees to show up on time.

Most businesses now drug test prior to employment: Many businesses will only hire you with a clean drug screen. It’s pretty cut and dry. If you don’t have a clean screen, you don’t get the job. And if you don’t have a job, life gets real hard, real quick.

Consider one teen’s story:

At age 9: John hated that his big brother and his friends always drank beer and took pills. He thought they acted stupid.

At age 13: John went over to a buddy’s house and he had a joint. They sat behind a big furniture store and smoked it with another kid. John didn’t really feel much, but he felt cool because these kids were cool and they smoked with him. John started to hang out with them more often and they would sneak whatever they could from their parents or big brothers.

At age 16: John got a part time job at the local Hardee’s and hung out with the cooks who thought he was funny and invited him over to party all the time. He pretty much lived over there and skipped school a lot. When he did make it to school, he fell asleep in class a lot and started flunking. He couldn’t concentrate long enough to learn anything anyway.

At age 17: He was supposed to start his senior year, but he didn’t have enough credits. He got into it with his Dad and got kicked out of his home. He couldn’t afford insurance and car payments without his parents’ help so he lost his car. He stayed with one of the cooks for a while but was told it wouldn’t last long. He’d have to go find somewhere else.

At age 19: John had gone from one job to another, always finding the partiers. He found a couple roommates here and there or slept on couches when he could, but that usually lasted about as long as the last job.

He thought sometimes that he would go do something else, but he didn’t have a diploma. He didn’t know if he could get his GED. Life just didn’t look like it was going to get better anytime soon.

The names can change and the ages can change, but the end result is usually the same. Addiction starts with trying a new high instead of a new direction or a new goal. Sometimes simple decisions have long term consequences. Don’t find yourself sleeping on someone else’s couch smelling like french fries before you’re old enough to graduate or legally vote. Start a goal now – a career goal – that will keep you off of a path of bad decisions, and will let you focus on being a grown up with a grown up job.

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