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Executive Treatment Centers
Drug and Alcohol Dependency and Addiction
Professionals who have risen to the top of their fields are likely to encounter excessive levels of stress on a daily basis. Chronic exposure to stress often results in the use of alcohol or drugs as a means of relieving the pressures of the job. Eventually, the daily habit of self-medicating with substances can develop into dependence or addiction, possibly putting everything that matters on the line. Addressing a substance use disorder at the earliest point offers the best chance of achieving a sustained recovery, but treating addiction at any stage of the disease will offer renewed hope.
What is Unique About Executive Alcohol and Drug Treatment?
A niche has been created within the addiction recovery field that caters to the unique needs of professionals like doctors, attorneys, business owners, and high-ranking executives. Executive detox and rehab programs have made special accommodations to address the concerns of these busy professionals. The executive treatment programs differ from traditional programs in the following ways:
Executive programs feature efficient scheduling for delivering treatment services in a tight time frame or a custom schedule.
Executive programs offer flexibility to accommodate the need to use electronic devices, such as computers and smartphones, for staying connected and engaged at work while in treatment.
If entering a residential program is not feasible, the detox and withdrawal can be completed within a week, followed by outpatient programming.
Individuals who have reached a certain status in their careers are accustomed to the finer things in life. Executive alcohol treatment centers provide upscale accommodations and amenities, similar to a spa retreat.
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Know the Warning Signs of Addiction
Chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol can sneak up on a person, no matter how successful they might be. Substance use that initially began as a way to decompress from the demands of work eventually led to increased tolerance and consumption. Here are some classic symptoms that indicate a substance use disorder has developed:
Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step toward obtaining executive drug treatment, and eventually, recovery.
Overcoming the Barriers to Executive Drug Treatment
Although busy executives might think that dropping everything to go to rehab is unthinkable, this mindset should be reevaluated in light of the ultimate consequences of chronic drug or alcohol abuse. The small investment of time and resources into getting sober and changing the addiction-related behaviors pale in comparison to the cost of ignoring the problem. The common roadblocks to executive treatment include:
Time is a precious commodity to individuals who have reached a certain status in their career. Their busy schedule leaves little flex time, making the thought of taking an extended leave to enroll in an executive alcohol treatment center seem an impossibility.
The thought of admitting to a substance abuse problem is very difficult to do. High-level executives like to project an image of being totally in control, so they will often dodge the problem until the consequences become obvious.
The fear of career fallout from a substance use disorder can prevent many from seeking executive drug treatment. Professionals are wary of the stigma associated with seeking treatment, and worry that their reputations could be harmed.
Although these are valid concerns, postponing treatment only makes the substance problem more difficult to treat in the long run.
What to Expect in Detox For Executives
Once it becomes clear that there is a need for professional treatment, the individual will need to complete the detox and withdrawal phase of treatment. A detox program at an executive alcohol treatment center allows the busy professional to complete detoxification discreetly and then continue on with outpatient or residential treatment as desired. The expert detox staff provides a high degree of personal attention and oversight throughout the detox process, ensuring the least amount of discomfort.
Alcohol detox can present some unpredictable withdrawal symptoms that must be managed by a capable detox team. As symptoms emerge, the detox professionals will closely monitor vital signs and provide interventions as warranted. In addition, the detox team is also a source of psychological support should the individual begin to waver. The alcohol detox timeline tends to last 5-7 days on average, with withdrawal symptoms peaking on days 3-4 before beginning to subside.
In executive drug treatment, each particular substance will present its own set of withdrawal symptoms and risks. Individuals with a benzodiazepine dependency or opiate addiction will be placed on a tapering schedule that allows the body to incrementally adjust to the diminishing levels of the substance.
Executive Addiction Treatment Elements
Whether the individual opts for a residential program or an outpatient program, there are specific recovery benchmarks that are reached through the addiction treatment process. A multi-dimensional approach combines the following interventions:
Using evidence-based therapies, dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns and underlying emotional issues are addressed.
Some individuals may benefit from medication-supported recovery through such drugs as naltrexone or Suboxone.
Gathering in small groups, peers are able to share their personal experiences and discuss issues related to recovery.
Recovery skills include learning conflict resolution techniques, better communication skills, and relapse prevention strategies.
The mind-body connection is nurtured through holistic elements, such as practicing mindfulness, yoga, therapeutic massage, art therapy, acupuncture, and recreation.
Continuing care services help reinforce recovery following completion of executive drug treatment. These include sober living, outpatient therapy, and participation in a recovery community.
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