You know I'm going to keep pondering this one a bit, and may just toss a new thought in here or there.
First, I have a good idea of the perspective of the non-profit you're dealing with and the D&A community. As I have learned CP from the inside out, it has given me a new perspective on people who deal with CP and have addiction issues. NOT saying you have addiction issue, not at all, but I am saying I see the huge gap in the recovery arena in thiis regard. I know I've mentioned this in other threads.
I'm glad you checked your policy manual, and if you signed any contracts up front about
the use of narcotics (prescribed and medically necessary). You ask if about
honesty and I may be somewhat in the minority in that I think in your situation I would say not to lie, but not to necessarily answer all questions. I would strongly suggest you try to consult at attorney who specializes in employment and discrimination issues, particularly ADA stuff. Your disability has already been proven, and that should work strongly in your favor. Even a private non-profit I do not believe can discriminate because they are receiving tax deferrment status as a 501C3 corporation. And if they receive any public funds (or your students receive loans, etc.) that makes it even more subject to federal laws, and possibly state.
So I think it's worth a consult with an attorney to find out what you have to tell them, and what you don't. And what they are permitted to do in relation to your private medical treatment. I suspect like many bosses (in non-profits or other areas) they try to get away with whatever they can. Or they are acting out of pure ignorance of the laws they're subjected to. Knowledge is power; please get what you need to protect yourself.
I'm not saying you want to become belligerent, but I already know you know how to deal with difficult situations directly, firmly but with assertiveness rather than aggressiveness. I wouldn't even meet with them until you've got all the legal info. you need. Some you may be able to find on a website, but you might be able to get a phone consult with an attorney for free or at little cost.
I hope this helps some. And it may in the end serve as an education for this agency. Just like for many years the recovery community was rigidly oppposed to anything - even anti-depressants - mostly that has changed (or is changing, but slowly). I think there is a need for some eyes to
the fact narcotics aren't always bad, and the difference between dependence and addiction.
Oh - I'll try to look up an article I had posted awhile back which is a joint statement from the addiction and pain management professionals communities about
clarifying dependence, tolerance and addiction. It might be helpful.
Just what you need right now. Sigh......
Hugs to you,
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/18/2009 12:33:25 AM (GMT-6)