Will my DUIs keep me from working in recovery?
January 17, 2014 12:20 PM Subscribe
In my past as an active alcoholic, I received two DUIs. Since the last one, I've embraced recovery, and it's completely changed my life for the better. I want to transition into counseling from working in education, especially in recovery counseling as an LCDC. How will my criminal record impact my ability to do this?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm applying to a Master's of Counseling program and they asked about previous convictions. I disclosed (one was a year and half ago, and the other was two and a half years ago - they are both DUI firsts since I hadn't been convicted at the time of the second one), and now I'm working on my essay and wondering how I can convey my experiences in a way that makes it seem like an asset instead of a huge detriment. I also worry about finding future jobs working in recovery. I am a year and a half sober and currently finishing a DWI court program that focuses on recovery.
I want to do this, and I think I would have a gift for it, but I'm also concerned about spending tremendous amounts of time and money on a career path that is basically impossible. Any insight would be much, much appreciated!