Among the definitions for the word “executive” provided by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the words “powers,” “managerial,” “responsibility” and “officials” appear, but nowhere in this definition do the words “drugs” or “addiction” appear. This doesn’t mean, however, that people in positions of power can’t develop very persistent cases of addiction. In fact, they might be under such intense and unique pressure that an addiction is almost likely. Once people like this admit that an addiction is in play, they can begin to get better with the help of an executive drug treatment program. Here, they’ll have access to tailored help that has the ability to help them learn, grow and heal, all while respecting the vital role they play in the companies in which they work.
People in positions of power have long turned to addictive substances in order to help them perform at an elite level. For example, some executives develop addictions to cocaine as they attempt to stay awake for long hours and complete multiple tasks all at the same time. Other professionals develop addictions to sedatives like alcohol, as they run at a fast pace all day long and need a way in which to unwind and sleep when the workday is over. Some executives develop addictions due to the stress they face at work. According research on this issue, published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, drug abuse can reduce the function of portions of the brain that fire at a rapid rate during a stressful situation, and those same portions of the brain can trigger cravings for drugs when the person is facing another stressful situation in the future. In a way, the drugs become a crutch the person needs to get through the day, and it can be very hard for an executive to gain control when the mind has been amended in this way. A study in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that some people abuse drugs and alcohol both before and after work because they’re concerned about the security of the jobs they hold. They may feel as though their positions aren’t quite as secure as they could be, or they worry that a little slip could lead to their termination from the company. Fluctuations in the stock market, along with rising unemployment rates, could trigger these concerns and they could lead people to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. These substances are far from helpful in terms of work performance, but people who are addicted may not be able to see that their behaviors cause them more harm than good.
Some people enter executive drug treatment programs at the behest of their employers. People who work in the transportation sector, for example, are often required to submit to drug testing when they’re in an accident. CNN reports that tests like this have demonstrated that many workers are abusing heroin and prescription painkillers while on the job, as the number of workers failing this test rose 20 percent between 2010 and 2011. A failed test like this could lead right to rehab. Some people, however, enter executive programs on their own, as they begin to realize that their habits are interfering with their ability to perform well at work. An insight like this could allow people to heal long before their employers realize that something is amiss. An executive program allows busy professionals to step away from their stressful lives so they can really focus on the addiction issue at hand. They might check in with work from time to time and handle an important issue, but the vast majority of the day is devoted to:
- Addiction education
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Support group meetings
- Relapse prevention therapy
Transitioning to Work
In the field of addiction rehab, work is considered a vital pathway that leads to healing. For example, in a study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, of the 28 percent of people who were in recovery from addiction five years later, many reported that their careers kept them motivated to stay sober. A job can give someone a purpose in life and a place to go each day, and it’s not something that an addiction treatment program would like to take away from someone who needs help. However, executives may need a little help transitioning back to work after rehab, as much of their dysfunction may have its roots in the workplace. Therapy sessions can provide executives with a good foundation and skill set, but support group meetings might be vital as people begin working once more. In an addiction support group, executives can discuss their day-to-day concerns and they can learn how other people deal with the same concerns and problems. Executive drug treatment programs can provide people with a list of support group meetings in their communities, or people can seek out meetings on their own by running web searches and scouring group meeting listings in the local newspaper.
Choosing a Good Treatment Center
If you’re in need of substance abuse treatment but can’t leave your responsibilities in the workplace, an executive treatment program may be a good fit for you. But, when looking at treatment centers, consider other factors as well:
- What types of amenities are offered at the facility?
- What is the staff-to-client ratio for the facility? Will you be getting the personal attention you need?
- What programs are offered and at what hours? Are treatment sessions at convenient times for you?
- What are the center’s privacy and confidentiality standards? How will your information be kept secure?
- What is the personal cost to you? Is the treatment plan partially covered by insurance?
Getting treatment for a substance abuse problem isn’t easy, but it can immensely benefit your life in every way. Futures of Palm Beach can help you find a personalized treatment plan that offers you the confidentiality, security, and flexibility you need to continue life as normal. Your job is important to you, and your recovery is important to us. Call Futures today and talk to an experienced representative who is familiar with substance abuse and addiction and other mental health disorders. Let us help you discover a new you through sobriety.