• Nicole Arzt

The Unique Challenges Associated With Treating Addiction Problems In The Executive Population

We all know that addiction doesn’t discriminate- it ravages households, communities, and hospitals all around the country. Unfortunately, the statistics don’t show any signs of slowing down.


And while nobody is immune to its impact, all populations have unique problems when it comes to optimal recovery and treatment. Are you a CEO, business president, or well-known in the corporate sphere? Do you own a small business? Being part of the executive population has its benefits, but there are also challenges associated with addiction. Let’s get into what you need to know.


The Need For Privacy


Although we have made some strides, addiction does carry a pervasive stigma in our society. In some professions, having a substance use disorder can shatter your reputation. It can make people question your competence. It can impact the way colleagues or clients interact with you.


While this is unfortunate, it’s also the truth.


Executives face unique needs for privacy. While all treatment centers must adhere to confidentiality laws, the executive population often needs more protection. This might include protection from other clients (i.e., having more of a focus on individual living arrangements and individual therapy).


If you are concerned about privacy, discuss this upfront before entering treatment. Ask about the protocol. What measures is the company taking to protect your confidentiality?


Work Demands


Many executive professionals must work while adhering to their treatment needs. You might need to check email or make calls. You might even need to show up to the office from time to time. Due to the nature of your job, it may be unfeasible or unrealistic for them to take an extended leave of absence.


Unfortunately, many treatment centers disregard this concern. These centers prohibit clients from working while receiving care. That is because they believe that the client must solely focus on addiction recovery.


This dismissal of your occupation can be shortsighted. You need to learn how to balance work with your recovery. You need to know how you’re going to operate in the real world. Progress doesn’t happen in an isolated bubble. It occurs when you can change your thoughts and behaviors- while still maintaining some of your normal routines.


That said, some executives do choose to take time off to focus on their recovery. They may be uncertain if they want to stay in their careers. Their work may be so demanding that it’s impossible to attend clinical services. Taking this pause can be tremendously beneficial. However, you should feel empowered (and not forced) to make this decision on your own.


Family Obligations


Many clients in the executive population have families and children. You may need to stay in contact with loved ones during your care. Perhaps, you have had treatment in the past where this option was not allowed.


Comprehensive treatment should integrate prioritizing yourself and strengthening your relationships with loved ones. We are a product of our relationships. Unfortunately, addiction can seriously impact the quality of the connection you have with your family. That’s why it’s important to learn how to improve your communication, enhance your boundaries, and have open conversations about your struggles.

Increased Comfort


There is a dangerous misconception that treatment needs to be grueling and uncomfortable to be effective. This just simply isn’t true.


Treatment is about learning how to change your thinking and your behaviors. It’s about learning how to take care of yourself without self-medicating your problems with drugs or alcohol. To recover, you need to learn new skills. You need to confront yourself- even if you feel afraid.


That’s why effective treatment can be comfortable. It can be luxurious and exclusive. It can be tailored to your individual needs. After all, this is an incredibly vulnerable time in your life- you’re allowed to want to feel safe and protected on your journey towards wellness.


Treating The Executive Population: What We Do Differently


At The Resurface Group, we are passionate about helping all our clients in their recovery from drugs or alcohol. We believe that, no matter your circumstances, dynamic change is possible. We also want to work with you and tailor our treatment to meet your specific needs.


Our addiction and mental health treatment options include a variety of evidence-based tools designed to help you in your healing. We respect where you are in your process, and we commit to meeting you where you are at when it comes to fulfilling your dreams and goals.


Are you interested in learning more about our unique program? Contact us today.


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