It takes a lot of courage and motivation to leave your previous habits behind and seek professional treatment for your addiction. However, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding addictions that people carry and, in most cases, people want to keep their history of rehab confidential and don’t want it to appear on any background checks.
Visits to rehab for drug or alcohol treatments do not appear on any background checks you may experience when applying for a new job.
When you work in a high-profile industry or in an industry that requires some kind of responsibility from you, you may be curious about whether rehab shows up on your background check. In this article, we will discuss this so that you know exactly what to expect moving forward.
What Shows Up On a DBS Check?
There are several different types of DBS checks and this will determine what type of information shows up on each one. Below is a list of the different types of DBS checks and the information that will be shared under each category:
Basic DBS Check
A basic DBS check will show any cautions or convictions that are unspent.
Standard DBS Check
A standard DBS check shows details of all spent and unspent cautions, convictions, final warnings, and reprimands. These all come from police records.
Enhanced DBS Check
An enhanced DBS check will contain all of the same information as the standard DBS check. However, it will also include any additional information that is held on local police records that is considered relevant to the job in question.
Enhanced DBS Check With List Check
This type of DBS check involves everything that is included on the enhanced DBS check. However, it will also include a check of the Disclosure and Barring Service’s adult and children barred lists. These are a list of individuals who are banned from working with vulnerable adults or children. This type of check is only generally needed for jobs that involve supervising, caring for, or being in sole charge of vulnerable adults or children.
As you can see from the lists above, your time in rehab will not be included on your DBS check.
Should I Go To Rehab?
Rehab provides you with an opportunity to detox from the substances that you are addicted to. You will also learn ways to change your behaviours and how to prevent relapsing. Most treatments in rehab will be overseen by medical professionals. Rehab treatments allow you to remove yourself from your triggers and temptations so that you can completely focus on your recovery journey at hand.
Many people turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism or a way of escaping the daily stresses of life. This can then lead to an addiction. Addictions can cloud a person’s judgements and can make them view their problems as not as bad as they actually are. It can be difficult sometimes to determine if rehab treatment is needed.
There are a few tell-tale signs that can indicate that an addiction is present in someone. Below is a list of these criteria to look out for:
- You are using alcohol or drugs as a way of self-medicating
- You are using alcohol or drugs as a way to ease your mental health problems
- You are suffering with health issues linked to substance abuse
- You place substances as your main priority and this is causing issues in your job and relationships
- You are completely preoccupied with using alcohol or drugs
- You have developed a lack of interested or motivation in things that were once important such as hobbies, school, your job, or spending time with your friends and family
- You have committed crimes or stolen money as a way to fund your substance abuse
If you notice any of the above criteria in yourself, this is likely a sign that you may have an addiction. It’s important to reach out for professional help as soon as possible as addictions can only get worse and worse over time.
Health professionals often use some criteria as a way of categorising the severity of a disorder. Take a look at the list of addiction symptoms below. The more of these that you identify with, the more severe your addiction is likely to be:
- A lack of control
- The inability to cut back on consumption despite wanting to
- Spending a lot of time trying to acquire the substance at hand
- Having unusual or intense cravings for the substance
- Neglecting your usual day to day responsibilities
- Strained relationships with your friends and family members due to the substance abuse
- A loss of interest in activities that you once found enjoyable
- Continuing to consume the substance despite the situation becoming worse
- Developing a tolerance to the substance and finding yourself having to consume more to get the same results
- Withdrawal symptoms when you stop consuming the substance
Rehab is a very important for step for anyone who is wanting to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction. However, many people who are addicts tend to avoid rehab for some reason or another. A lot of addicts will attempt to recover from their addiction on their own. This can be extremely challenging and sometimes even dangerous. Most of the time, anyone who tries to recover on their own at home will end up relapsing eventually. This is something that you want to avoid.
If you go to rehab for recovery, you will learn all of the tools and skills needed to avoid relapsing in the future. You will get to the root cause of your addiction and learn new behaviours and coping mechanisms that can help you moving forward. You will also have constant support available to help keep you motivated and to ensure that you remain as safe and comfortable as possible throughout your entire recovery journey.
If you are interested in learning more about rehab recovery options or if you feel like you are ready to start your journey towards sobriety, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. This could be the most important phone call you ever make.