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I know this has been asked a plethora of times, but my case isn't so good. To put it simply, I am young and was terminated (with cause) from my first "professional" sales job. Prior to being terminated, I had worked at this bank for 2.5 years and performed successfully, with no history of disciplinary actions. I was terminated because my assistant manager said I smelled like alcohol --truthfully, I had had a drinking problem for some time and was drinking the night before--and had me sent for testing, and then sent home by mother. I was terminated two days later for misconduct by "violating appearance protocol." This was an atypical event for me, and my employer was right to terminate me --I do not harbor any ill feelings or ill will towards them.
Since my release I went to a rehab facility, was diagnosed bipolar, and have been on medication since --the psychiatrist I worked with believed my drinking followed my bipolar depression patterns, and by treating my bipolar disorder I would more than likely overcome my alcohol problems. So what can I say to employers? I had an undiagnosed illness for some time, which explains quite a lot. The medications I am on is keeping me well-balanced and I am confident I can be an even better employee.