A recent article in the Huffington Post covers the harrowing first-hand experience of a highly paid I.T. consultant who got hooked on illegal drugs. The writer details how his drug addiction started as a seemingly innocent vice that eventually led to a steep downward spiral.
More importantly, his drug addiction intensified while he was in the workplace and those working close to him were none the wiser. This is a story about the dangers of drug addiction, false perceptions and, fortunately, redemption.
Beginnings of drug addiction
Jarrod started out his drug use just like most teens of today. At the age of 14, he used to smoke some marijuana every now and then. While Jarrod also drank alcohol at that time, he also promised himself that he would never touch heroin.
Despite telling himself that he would not touch the hard stuff, Jarrod started doing cocaine. Like most addicts, Jarrod started with a little bit of control with his drug use and just did it during the weekends. It was something that he did normally for most of his puberty years up until adulthood.
Drug addiction is more than meets eye
Most people would automatically assume that Jarrod came from a rough childhood or a broken family. But the harsh reality is that his life is the exact opposite. His parents are still together and he has two great siblings.
Add the fact that he became a well-educated professional and is a husband to a loving wife and father to a beautiful daughter. He was also a highly successful I.T consultant for a company. Despite all of this, no one suspected that Jarrod was actually doing drugs.
His drug use entered a more intense phase when he was introduced by a co-worker to the drug called ice. At first, Jarrod was a bit skeptical but eventually caved in because his usual drugs dried up before the week ended. Jarrod became instantly hooked to ice right after that.
It is hard to spot a drug addict
Everything seemed normal to those around Jarrod. His family, co-workers, and his contractors never suspected that he had a terrible secret. Ice gave him an ultimate high, and his superiors never even noticed how he was able to do up to 80 hour weeks.
In Jarrod’s own words, “I’m the guy who goes skydiving with his mates — while two hours later everyone’s still buzzing it only takes me 20 minutes before I’m saying ‘Well, what are we doing next?’”
The people who thought they knew him best were outright oblivious to the fact that Jarrod was a full blown drug addict.
Dangers of drug addiction
That all changed when his life began to unravel. He started getting bouts of paranoia which started affecting his work.
His life became more about scoring drugs which resulted in his work rate falling off. Because of this, Jarrod lost his lucrative contract, his business partner left him, and he started withdrawing from his family and friends. Jarrod’s life just became focused on getting high on ice.
It became even worse after that as Jarrod’s paranoia intensified, he felt that his family was conspiring against him. In his words, he was always in a state of hallucination, seeing and smelling things that were not there.
There was no getting around it, Jarrod had been a broken man. He lost his wife, family, work, money, and essentially his life.
Everything came to a boil when Jarrod’s growing paranoia reached a fever pitch. He came to the police station one day and reported that fifteen cars were following him. When he left the station, he went to his ex-wife’s place to seek help. Jarrod was placed in a mental facility that very same night.
Even his own family did not know
The most surprising part was that even up to this point his entire family still did not know he was dangerously doing drugs. They all thought Jarrod was having severe mental problems and that he was on the verge of schizophrenia. Jarrod has been a drug user for over twenty years and still no one thought about illegal drugs playing a part.
Eventually, Jarrod entered a rehab facility where he slowly recovered. While he is two years sober from drugs, he is still picking up the pieces of his life. The article states that Jarrod is a soon-to-be alcohol and drug counselor.
Hopefully, Jarrod’s story continues on his current path as he commits himself to a drug-free life. You can view the entire article of Jarrod’s plight here.
Jarrod’s story is not unique. Most people who use drugs actually have a job and their employers are completely unaware of it. Consider how Jarrod’s close friends and family were completely taken by surprise when the truth about his drug addiction came out. Do you still think your employees and workers are definitely clear?
Like a ticking time bomb, drug use will eventually blow up and its destructive trail become obvious. If you suspect that anyone at your company is using illegal drugs, this article might help you.
Drug and alcohol use in the workplace is one of the prime causes for fatal accidents, loss of productivity, absenteeism, low morale and injuries. As an employer you need to know about how to address and prevent drug abuse at work.
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