Although I do identify as an alcoholic (in my opinion, it is a self-diagnosed disease and not for others to bestow upon you), I do feel for the folks caught in the web of these "catch all" programs. Especially those with one DUI (many years before nursing) or those who made one error in judgement, DUI or drugs as a youngster. I can hear all the people saying "well, if one bad judgement, then likely more in nursing". I do not think that is the case.
Please believe me when I say, I, too, think the programs the boards stick people in are too rigid and demanding and do more harm (at times) than good. The cost, the humiliation, the time away from work and family, to attend classes and meetings, and UDS, break a person and set them up for failure. I am lucky enough to have a sponsor that understands when I am sick, or exhausted, I just cannot make a meeting. She knows that part of a recovery is taking care of myself, as well. That means being able to support myself financially, work when I have to, or need to, and stay home when I am sick.
What shocks me, is when someone has demonstrated several years of sobriety and good choices, the board still decides to throw them into 3 or more years of monitoring. That baffles me. Why not cut it down to 12 months or even 18, but 3 (plus) years seems excessive to me.
I am still awaiting my fate. I had license revoked in 2003 and recently applied for re-issuance. I know I will get at least one year probation after a refresher course. I have my fingers crossed it is not more than that. I have 12.5 years of documented sobriety, clean UDS, letters from counselor stating I completed a year long program, letter from current (non-nursing) employer, letter from sponsor, etc. I have such a fear the probation will be longer. My revocation was from AZ. I currently live in Texas, and hope to only have one year to do in AZ, so I can come back here. I also hope that TX does not make me also join a monitoring program, once it is complete in AZ.
But, I will wait and see what happens.
I do want to thank you all for being here on this forum, so we can help each other through these difficult times.