Capo by the Sea offers a unique recovery program designed with the busy professional in mind. The fast-paced life of an executive can seem out of control when viewed by the casual observer. These driven professionals aim for the top with laser-like focus, fueled by the passion to succeed at their chosen career. Too often, the persistent stresses that accompany the job can take such a toll that he or she may begin to use drugs or alcohol to help mitigate the pressure. Whether it is alcohol or sedatives to enhance relaxation or stimulants for more focused energy, abusing these substances will eventually become problematic.
Chronic exposure to high stress is common among top tier professionals. By nature, these successful individuals tend to be so focused on their careers that they will exhibit the following traits:
- Thinks about work obsessively
- Has a compulsive drive to work more and more hours
- Allows work to interfere with interpersonal relationships
- Neglects family obligations
- Withdraws socially as work envelops all waking hours
- Stress-related health problems develop
When increased tolerance to the substance results in higher consumption and eventually a substance abuse problem, the need for detox and treatment will become evident. Because many of these individuals have risen to positions of prominence within their industry, or are public figures, there is a need for confidential treatment services where privacy is protected to avoid possible stigma or damage to the professional reputation.
In addition to the increased need for discretion, the executive program at Capo by the Sea also acknowledges the need for a high-level professional to continue to engage at work. Having access to technology, such as cell phones or laptops, is essential for the executive entering treatment in order to maintain some presence at work.
How Addiction Develops
It is common to picture a successful individual as someone who is in total control of their lives. After all, a person doesn’t rise to high professional stature without having their act together, and most who do are very Type-A people by nature. What we may not be aware of, however, are the multiple sources of stress that can impact the daily life of an executive—from work to relationships to mental health.
Alcohol or drugs may become used as a tool to help the individual manage the demands of the job. Substances may also be used to self-medicate the symptoms of anxiety or depression that might develop. As tolerance to the substance increases, the individual will begin to need more of it to experience the initial effects. Increased consumption impacts brain chemicals and neural pathways begin to adjust to the increased levels of dopamine, while reward pathways become ingrained. Addiction or chemical dependency soon develops, as the brain now demands the consistent influx of the substance.
To unwind the addiction that has evolved it is necessary to obtain professional assistance. This journey begins with detox and withdrawal, transitions to addiction treatment, and continues with aftercare. It is during treatment that the individual learns how to change self-destructive behavior patterns and gain new coping skills for use in recovery.
It unsafe to abruptly stop using the substance once addiction or dependence has formed, as the withdrawal symptoms could be unpredictable and dangerous. At the very least, the symptoms become intolerable without medical care, resulting in the individual returning to the substance use and not completing detox or getting the help they need.
The medical detox program 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. Staff are trained to manage an unexpected medical emergency.
Executive Addiction Treatment
Alcohol treatment can be obtained in either an outpatient or residential setting and will involve a number of coordinated therapies. Rehab usually includes:
- Individual therapy for identifying dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns, and exploring underlying emotional factors
- Group therapy for sharing personal reflections and experiences within a group of peers
- Family-focused therapy for engaging the family members in the recovery process
- Medication-assisted therapy when it is applicable for sustaining recovery
- Addiction education for teaching individuals about the neuroscience behind addiction
- Relapse prevention planning for identifying triggers, and then defining actionable steps to preventing a relapse
- Dual diagnosis treatment for a co-occurring substance use disorder with a mental health disorder
- Recreational therapy, such as golf, hiking, paddle boarding, whale watching, kayaking, or ocean Reiki
- Nutritional counseling for establishing new healthy dietary habits to restore health
- Holistic activities that help connect mind and body, such as yoga, massage therapy, mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, and art therapy
High-level professionals value their time. Time constraints can be a barrier to staking out the time for handling an alcohol or drug problem. Following the detox and withdrawal step, an outpatient rehab may be the best option for a busy executive as these programs provide needed flexibility. Outpatient rehab programs often offer evening or weekend programming, allowing the individual to continue to work while receiving treatment.
Sometimes the acuity of the addiction requires a more intensive form of intervention. The residential treatment option is appropriate for someone with a moderate to severe substance use disorder, or a long history of heavy substance abuse. The residential program provides 24-hour support and a highly structured environment where the individual can focus their attention on overcoming the addiction.
Following completion of the rehab program, the individual should access continuing care services to help reinforce sobriety. These include ongoing outpatient therapy, sober living housing, and 12-step or non 12-step meetings.
Accommodations and Amenities
Capo by the Sea provides the necessary technological tools at the executive’s disposal so they can remain in communication with staff during their stay in rehab. Executive treatment features high-end accommodations and amenities and a highly trained clinical staff that will guide the individual toward a lifelong recovery.
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