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Executive Rehab Treatment Centers for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Executives may be poised, calm, and successful, often appearing to have everything clearly under control. They have reached a high level of success in their jobs and they are easy to spot in a crowd. While many executives may fit this description, there are others who have deep secrets lurking behind their confident exteriors. They may have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or they may be quietly struggling with mental health issues.

Dealing with a drug addiction or a mental illness can be difficult to face alone. Because executives are under pressure to perform and continue working, they might resist admitting they have a problem or entering a treatment program. Many feel that they do not have the time or they worry that admitting to having an addiction or a mental health issue will cause stigma and change how they are viewed as a professional.

The Concept of Customized Drug and Alcohol Treatment

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People who develop addictions or mental illnesses come from all socioeconomic classes. The best treatment programs for alcoholism or drug abuse are tailored to the needs of the individual person. Each executive is different and may need different forms of therapy, medication, and supervision to effectively treat their substance use disorder.

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Executives who enter a treatment program that is not tailored to meet their needs might feel reluctantly shoehorned in amongst a rather rigid treatment environment. It can be hard to provide enough customization to make them happy, unless they enter an executive program that’s designed around their needs from the beginning.

Some executives may not even consider therapies for addiction or mental illnesses because they believe that treatment won’t help them. For example, some individuals may be reluctant to enter treatment programs for addiction because they fear that others will view them differently. Other barriers that prevent people from entering treatment include:

  • Stigma.
  • Limited range of treatment options available.
  • Childcare needs.
  • Time required in the program.

These are valid concerns to have, and most executive drug treatment programs offer services to help address these potential barriers. For more information about executive drug addiction rehab, call to speak with a treatment support advisor at 1-888-744-0789 Who Answers? today.

What Do Executive Rehab Treatment Centers Offer?

While executive services may vary dramatically, a few basic concepts are central to many of these programs. For example, most executive drug rehab programs have the following characteristics:

  • Private, secure locations. The location keeps them from being spotted as they enter the program, and the client list is never shared.
  • Beautiful and comfortable surroundings. People who work at the executive level are accustomed to enjoying the finer things in life. Providing them a place that is relaxing, clean and lovely to live in at may encourage them to stay and complete treatment.

Executives might fear losing their jobs when they enter a program for addiction. However, it is important to note that people with mental illness and substance use disorders are protected by federal law.

Basic Aspects of Substance Abuse Treatment

There are some aspects of treatment programs that are similar across the board, no matter where a person chooses to seek treatment.

For example, if an individual has issues with drugs or alcohol, the executive program they enter is likely to use behavioral therapies to treat their substance use disorder. Addiction treatment professionals may work with the individual using any of the approaches below:

  • One-on-one counseling sessions that address their willingness to change.
  • Group counseling sessions in which many people share their ideas and provide support.
  • Family counseling sessions in which the entire family attends and they work on issues together as a group.
  • Incentive programs in which a person is rewarded for meeting treatment milestones.
  • Aftercare services or planning for such services are offered to help an individual transition back into their “normal” routine. A person can think of these services as a discharge plan that is put in place prior to the end of treatment. These services will help ensure a successful recovery.

Doctors may prescribe medications to help ease drug withdrawal symptoms and keep side effects at bay. Not all programs provide a combination of medication and therapy, but it can be quite helpful for some people.

If a person is battling a dual diagnosis — which is the combination of a mental disorder and a substance use disorder — medication and other specialized therapeutic approaches may be used to help manage the mental condition in order to facilitate the ongoing substance abuse treatment. In treatment they will have the opportunity to work through trauma, mental health issues, and underlying issues of substance use.

Drawbacks of Executive Treatment Programs

While some executive programs do take payments from insurance programs, some executives may choose to pay for the programs in cash, so there is no paper trail related to the employer that they have accessed services for their condition. While this might be a smart idea, it can also become expensive. Executive programs provide therapies, food, and board, so the care they provide does come at a cost. Some people may find the bills somewhat difficult to pay.

In addition, people who do enter an executive program are stepping away from their homes and their jobs for 30 to 90 days. Programs may work to minimize the impact of this decision by arranging for those residing at the center to continue with important business matters, but in the end it is important to remember that the physical absence is inevitable. The person won’t be home for dinner or present in the Monday morning meeting. Instead, the person will be in a rehabilitation program.

Executives who cannot commit to this idea and who simply must go to work every day in order to feel productive may find it too difficult to commit to these demands. Outpatient programs — in which the person commits to treatment at specific times of the day but continues to live at home — may be a better choice.

Getting Help for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Some people resist treatment for drug addiction because they want to deal with the problem alone without outside assistance. Busy executives may be particularly prone to this type of thinking. After all, they’ve reached success in their fields through their hard work and determination, and stepping back and asking for help may be very difficult for them. It may take some time and effort to break through this denial and get a person the help they need.

Families can assist by prompting the person to remember that these conditions are common. For example, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 21.5 million people aged 12 or older in 2014 had a substance use disorder in the past year. This includes 17 million people struggling with an alcohol use disorder, 7.1 million with an illicit drug use disorder, and 2.6 million who had both an alcohol use and an illicit drug use disorder.

It’s also important to stress that recovery is possible. Executive drug rehab programs can provide real help. Families that open up this discussion can make the talk go easier by providing brochures or written information about the programs and allowing the person to read the information and contemplate treatment personally for a while.

Allowing the person to choose between several drug addiction treatment facilities may also be a good way to help preserve their dignity and sense of control. It is possible that once they realize the good that can come from treatment, they will likely agree to get the care they need. A family can then step back into a supportive role, providing encouragement and praise for the progress the person makes in rehab.

For more information on executive drug addiction treatment services, call 1-888-744-0789 Who Answers?. Our rehab placement specialists can answer questions and help find a drug addiction program that fits a person best. Call today to get started on the road to recovery and a successful drug-free life.

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