The Student Room Group

Is it possible for a recovered addict to become a teacher?

Hi,

I was just wondering is it possible for someone who has fully recovered from an addiction to cannabis to become a teacher?

Would be able to do any drug screening any time, and have made leaps and bounds with mental health support that is confirmed in my medical notes.

I am involved with voluntary organisations supporting and helping people with mental health and drug addiction issues. I wondered about taking my transferable skills from this to teaching as I studied a degree in Biology.

Any advice would be appreciated
Original post by Sunflower999
Hi,
I was just wondering is it possible for someone who has fully recovered from an addiction to cannabis to become a teacher?
Would be able to do any drug screening any time, and have made leaps and bounds with mental health support that is confirmed in my medical notes.
I am involved with voluntary organisations supporting and helping people with mental health and drug addiction issues. I wondered about taking my transferable skills from this to teaching as I studied a degree in Biology.
Any advice would be appreciated

I believe that you can, I wouldn't see why not.
Original post by simrankc26
I believe that you can, I wouldn't see why not.


Sorry for the late reply.

The reason I’m worried is because it’s something my GP and the mental health hospital have helped me (the reasons I started smoking cannabis was related to my dad being an alcoholic and the way he was treating me)

I’m worried that it’s not worth pursuing because I would be rejected once the occupational health check that I’ve heard of happens
If you feel like if you were rejected you would be able to cope fine then I would say go for it.
I find often the best teachers are the ones who have had struggles themselves and can emphasie with the students more and provide an opinion many others haven't thought about
Hope it goes well
Original post by Anonymous
If you feel like if you were rejected you would be able to cope fine then I would say go for it.
I find often the best teachers are the ones who have had struggles themselves and can emphasie with the students more and provide an opinion many others haven't thought about
Hope it goes well


I think I could cope with it - I might start out with trying to become a teaching assistant because I’m guessing the hiring processes are pretty similar.

Does anyone know if I can ask occupational health to keep confidentiality and not talk about it to a prospective employer?
Original post by Sunflower999
Sorry for the late reply.
The reason I’m worried is because it’s something my GP and the mental health hospital have helped me (the reasons I started smoking cannabis was related to my dad being an alcoholic and the way he was treating me)
I’m worried that it’s not worth pursuing because I would be rejected once the occupational health check that I’ve heard of happens

I work as a before and after school club assistant and have done teaching placements before and I was in hospital prior for mental health reasons so not the exact same thing but I don’t think you’d be rejected
Original post by simrankc26
I work as a before and after school club assistant and have done teaching placements before and I was in hospital prior for mental health reasons so not the exact same thing but I don’t think you’d be rejected


How did the occupational health assessment go? I’m not sure how it works and it is intimidating me a little bit!
Original post by Sunflower999
How did the occupational health assessment go? I’m not sure how it works and it is intimidating me a little bit!

It was fine overall but I did feel a bit like awkward answering some questions if ygm. Like not everything is the most comfortable to talk about. Just get through it with honesty and you'll be happy when its over

Quick Reply

Latest

Trending

Trending