NWR – Spin-Off – Should Recovering Addicts be Required to Disclose?

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
10020 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think so, diseases are classified as medical concerns and are covered by the HIPAA laws. 

However, if someone has a criminal record due to their having an addiction then the answer is yes, it should be disclosed, in fact, legally a criminal record has to be disclosed when applying for employment.  For example, if your drug habit caused you to rob a store or break into homes, or if you have a drunk driving record (DUI or DWI) then it should be disclosed.

Question:  Are you only talking about applying for jobs, or in personal relationships? 

Post # 4
5564 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

“It should be reported because no one is ever cured.”


No, it is none of your business. Do you also think someone should have to disclose they have cancer or anxiety for example?

Also “no one is ever cured” is a bold statement not based on facts. Addiction is like any mental illness, it affects different people to differing degrees. Some people will struggle for decades and some people can get over it and never look back only a few years later.

Post # 7
7814 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I lean toward no. I think in fields where the work is literally a matter of life and death, like with medical careers, maybe there should be periodic drug tests (if there aren’t already), but I don’t think anyone should be forced to disclose this type of thing. Unless of course they have a criminal history that’s related to it – but then that type of thing has to be disclosed anyway.

Post # 8
9828 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

No. It’s hard enough for recovering addicts to get shit together, why make things harder and introduce a whole new reason for them to be prejudged?

Post # 9
10020 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

bywater :  I agree completely!

Post # 10
47 posts
  • Wedding: March 2020

No, it’s none of their business.  Only worthy people get to hear that person’s story/testimony. And the recovering addict/alcoholic should be the only decision-maker on who receives the gift of hearing what has shaped them to be the wonderful/strong/resilient/wise person that they are today. Your story is a gift. You don’t just give it to everyone, only people that will appreciate it.

Post # 11
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

bywater :  Definitely not.  Apart from the fact that it would make it almost impossible for recovering addicts to get a job, where do you draw the line?  I used to be a smoker – should I tell my employee since I have a higher chance of illness?  What about other addictions ie. video gaming? 

If someone is still active within their addiction or they relapse bad enough, it will impact their work performance.  They can then be terminated or disciplined accordingly, same as anyone else.  What demons they battle in their personal life are their own.  If it could potentially be dangerous (for example a truck driver) they usually get periodic drug testing anyway.  

In a personal relationship however, I believe it is incredibly important to disclose ASAP, preferably before the “exclusivity” talk, definitely before any financial committement to each other (ie. moving in together) 

Post # 12
6445 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

Hmm, I missed the thread that this thread spun off from.

But, no. There’s a reason a person does not have to disclose those things now, and that is because they may have absolutely no impact on their ability to perform a job. Indeed, a person must pay for higher education, so their potential relapse affects almost no one except themselves (except for a person whose slot they may have taken). People with criminal histories have terrible trouble getting past the stigma, and a person’s health information is private for a reason. It should be kept that way. 

Post # 13
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

No, and for the same reasons you got to. It’s a disease, and it’s completely inethical to require prospective employees to report medical conditions.

Post # 14
3560 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

bywater :  disclose it to whom? An employer? No. A romantic partner? Yes – but I’d also think that if you have cancer you should disclose that to your romantic partner as well. At what point in a relationship you broach this is tricky, of course. But i do think it’s something that needs to be discussed. 

Post # 15
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

No, I don’t think employers or educational institutes should have access to that kind of information. People who are recovering don’t need that stigma to weigh them down.

But I think it’s a healthy thing to disclose in a relationship, because being able to trust and support one another is a huge part of a healthy relationship in my opinion.  

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