Executive drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are options for high-level professionals like CEOs to receive treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction while still maintaining the ability to work.
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For many Americans, one of the barriers of seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is that they feel they are unable to leave their jobs. Some may be concerned that they will lose their job if they seek treatment, but others may be burdened with the knowledge that their company is unable to run smoothly without them. This is an issue for high-level professionals such as Chief Executive Officers (CEO), Chief Financial Officers (CFO), and Chief Operating Officers (COO).
Anyone can be impacted by addiction, regardless of their education level and professional background. In fact, Americans with a college education and who fall under the upper-income category are more likely to drink alcohol than other Americans. Seventy-eight percent of Americans who earn $75,000 or more annually drink alcohol, while only 45% of people with an income lower than $30,000 drink. Also, 80% of college graduates drink, while 52% of those with only a high school education drink. When an individual has a lot of responsibilities at work, they may postpone getting treatment for fear of their company’s success, as well as the stigma that follows addiction. Fortunately, there are executive drug and alcohol rehab centers that provide a way for high-level professionals to get treatment while remaining connected to their livelihood.
What Is Executive Treatment Like?
When someone starts the journey towards sobriety by attending an inpatient rehab facility, they will likely be cut off from the outside world with no contact with friends and family, no cellphone, and no computer access. This is so that they can solely focus on their recovery without distractions. In an executive rehab center, patients will have access to computers, phones, and potentially private conference rooms where they will be able to commit time to their professional duties. The staff and management at executive drug and alcohol rehab centers understand that work is still a priority and can offer a more flexible schedule for their patients. Travel for work will be allowed, as well as private rooms so privacy can be maintained. For someone with a position like CEO, stress and anxiety may be the reason they turned to drugs or alcohol in the first place. In executive treatment, learning coping strategies to deal with stress may be a focus. Another major focal point of these treatment centers are their commitment to privacy and discretion.
There is still a stigma surrounding addiction and even those who don’t have any apparent negative consequences may face discrimination, labeling, social rejection, and stereotyping. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the majority of healthcare professionals have a negative view of people who use drugs. This is a factor in why many individuals do not seek treatment; they are afraid to be judged when trying to find help. When someone is in a position of power, they might be concerned about their employees losing respect for them if they openly leave work to attend an inpatient treatment facility. In a Forbes interview with CEO Richard Taite, he explained, “The fear is, ‘it can’t leak it out that CEO is a drunk and that we might lose billions in stock.’”
These guys get a little bit of perspective while they’re here. They stop creating wreckage; they stop self-sabotaging, and start to actually begin to take in and be present for their children, their wives. And, of course, they become volumes more productive at work.
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Executive treatment centers prioritize confidentiality, and because patients are able to maintain their work responsibilities, their employees do not have the opportunity to wonder where they are. This may be an important factor for individuals who serve as a mentor to others and do not want their reputation to be tarnished in any way. Along with allowing work access and protecting one’s status, executive drug and alcohol rehabs fit the affluent lifestyle that these individuals are used to.
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Amenities and Exclusivity
Executive treatment centers are typically luxury rehabs, with spa treatments, delicious food, pools, and fitness centers. Services like massage therapy and acupuncture will likely be available, as well as activities such as meditation, Pilates, and tai-chi. Exercise may be incorporated into treatment, with a personal trainer to offer assistance. Salon treatments and the ability to bring your pet may also be an option. All of these amenities come with a price, with some rehabs costing up to $120,000 a month. These facilities are often very exclusive, with a limited number of beds available. A state-run rehab has an average of 41 beds, while luxury and executive treatment centers have an average of 25. At the treatment center Passages in Malibu, where household names like Mel Gibson and David Hasselhoff stayed, there are only 12 beds available in the 15,500-square foot house. Some executives may choose to spend the extra money to receive extra perks.
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Regardless of your income and job title, the dangers of addiction are real and should not be ignored. Each year, 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes, while over 67,000 Americans die each year from a drug overdose. There are many different types of treatment facilities available, providing a medically supervised detox, guided treatment, and help developing an aftercare plan. Talk to a treatment provider to get more information on the option that’s right for you.