They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job
November 30, 2011 8:17 PM Subscribe
An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result.
This person has a spouse and several children. The fights and conflicts between them and their spouse about the drinking may very well lead to a divorce or worse. Additionally, this individual has a painful back injury that dates back to their teens. The drinking is, in part, an attempt to medicate their physical pain. They claim that they are afraid that using prescription pain medication to manage their back pain could also adversely affect their security clearance.
Because I've had some experience dealing with addicts, I am unsure what part of this person's story is cold hard fact and what is part might be the addiction talking.
Hive mind, your wisdom is appreciated.