Rewards outweigh risks in telling the truth about past addiction issues on job applications

  GUEST COLUMN March 9, 2015 By Guest Columnist TERESA WREN JOHNSTON, director of…

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March 9, 2015

By Guest Columnist TERESA WREN JOHNSTON, director of the KSU Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery; state coordinator of Georgia Network; and founding president of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education

Please answer the following employment application questions honestly: Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? Have you been treated for alcoholism or substance use?

Even if George Washington could “never tell a lie,” in today’s fast-paced, super-efficient business world, the online employment application and faceless vetting out of future employees makes it hard for young adults in recovery from addiction to do the right thing when confronted with the application check box.

Teresa Johnston


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