lawyers and addiction

Lawyers and Addiction: An Exploration of Drug Abuse in the Industry

The legal profession is characterized by risky business ventures, big paychecks and long hours at the office, and with that lavish lifestyle and competitive work environment comes a greater risk of substance abuse and addiction, which appears to be prevalent among successful lawyers and other high-powered executives. In one tragic story of a successful Silicon Valley lawyer and drug addict who died from a systemic bacterial infection common among intravenous drug users, his ex-wife, who looked back at the months leading up to his death, remarked, “The further I probed, the more apparent it became that drug abuse among America’s lawyers is on the rise and deeply hidden.” Unfortunately, this leaves the issue of substance abuse among lawyers unaddressed, and the functional alcoholics in the legal profession without the help they need. If you think someone you know may be a high-functioning alcoholic or drug addict, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 479-7580 for help.

What is a Functional Alcoholic?

The issue of addiction among high-powered executives has been explored to some extent, but research on the prevalence of substance abuse and drug addiction among lawyers, in particular, is limited, and many in the legal profession seem content to leave it that way. One study, published last year in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, involved 12,825 licensed, practicing attorneys, and found that 19% struggled with anxiety, 21% qualified as problem drinkers, and 28% experienced mild or more serious depression. Only 3,419 of the lawyers responded to questions about drug use, a fact that Patrick Krill, the study’s lead author, and a lawyer himself, found telling. “It’s left to speculation what motivated 75% of attorneys to skip over the section on drug use as if it wasn’t there.” Of those that did answer, 5.6% used opioids, 5.6% used cocaine, crack and stimulant drugs, 10.2% used marijuana and hash, and nearly 16% used sedatives.

In the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report on substance abuse by industry, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), professional services, including the legal profession, ranked ninth out of 19 industries in terms of illicit drug use. In the 2014 Comprehensive Survey of Lawyer Assistance Programs, the American Bar Association named alcohol the number one substance abuse-related problem among lawyers, with prescription drugs being the second. Sadly, in spite of this research highlighting the issue of drinking and drug use among lawyers, the problem persists. “There are a lot of theories about what is going on in the legal profession,” says J. Kim Wright, author of Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law and Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement, and a lawyer herself. “Something is broken. Lawyers often believe they are the broken piece of the system, rather than the culture is dysfunctional, the entire legal system is broken. Other lawyers think – or even say – ‘I’m doing fine, and if you aren’t doing fine, it is your fault.’ We’re left to our own devices to find a way to fix ourselves.”

Causes of Substance Abuse Among Lawyers

Work-related stress is a major contributing factor to the trend of drug abuse among high-powered executives, especially lawyers, who face immense pressure on a daily basis to meet certain professional expectations and stay a step ahead of everyone else in a fiercely competitive industry, where, as Wil Miller, a family law attorney in Washington state, puts it, “you are financially rewarded for being hostile.” Depression, too, plays a role. In a 1990 Johns Hopkins University study of more than 100 professions, researchers found that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression, compared with other professions, and a 2014 survey of Yale Law School students reported that 70% of students struggled with mental health issues during their time in law school. In fact, lawyers being particularly vulnerable to alcoholism, depression, and addiction is an effect that appears to be initiated in law school, an environment that, as Dr. Link Christin, adjunct professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota, puts it, “is very confidential, secretive, competitive, and adversarial. It tends to be very intellectual rather than feeling, [and] it encourages you to isolate and not share because you don’t want to be seen as weak and vulnerable.”

What is a Functional Alcoholic

A common misconception about alcoholism is that an alcoholic is someone who drinks too much too often and whose life is falling apart because of their drinking, but not all problem drinking fits into that neat little mold. Some alcoholics manage to keep their problem drinking from interfering with their personal, professional and social relationships and may be in denial about their alcoholism. These people are called high-functioning alcoholics or functional alcoholics, and they are able to cover up the external signs of their alcoholism, making their problem drinking more difficult for others to spot. It’s important to remember that a person can still be an alcoholic even though he appears to have a great personal and professional life, with a loving family, a job that pays well and a large circle of friends.

For lawyers struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, their problem drinking or drug use is easier to hide from friends and loved ones because, on the outside, they appear to be successful, happy and well-liked. They also work long hours at the office, during which they can use, and are expected to nab prospective clients, which may involve drinking or drug use, and perform well in a highly-competitive industry, which may prompt the abuse of stimulants like Adderall, cocaine or amphetamine, or painkillers like Vicodin or OxyContin to stay on top of their game. Unfortunately, it’s a short jump from opioid painkillers to heroin, which is typically cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription drugs. Says Dr. Indra Cidambi, medical director at an ambulatory detox facility in New Jersey, “These aren’t the majority of lawyers. But there are quite a number abusing drugs, and once they get to heroin, it’s very hard to break it.”

How to Tell if Someone is a Functioning Alcoholic

For all the ways we expect alcoholics and drug addicts to act, it’s not always easy to tell if someone is a functional alcoholic, especially when they make an effort to hide their problem drinking from friends, family members, and co-workers, and that is the nature of a high-functioning alcoholic. They somehow manage to keep up appearances while relying on alcohol to function on a daily basis. Some functional alcoholic signs to watch out for include a person:

  • Planning their day around drinking
  • Having three drinks to everyone else’s one drink
  • Exhibiting physical signs of overindulgence (shakiness in the morning, insomnia, stomach problems)
  • Binging or getting so drunk they black out
  • Going through periods of abstinence where they make it a point not to drink, and then going back to drinking often and heavily

Treating Drug Addiction in the Legal Profession

Despite the growing trend of drug abuse and addiction in the legal profession, law-firm leadership is still slow to discuss substance abuse with their lawyers, often because they don’t know what signs to look for, and are simply too busy themselves to notice when these signs arise. So deeply rooted is the culture of privacy in the legal profession, and so devoted to clocking billable hours are law firms, that many lawyers who are functioning alcoholics don’t feel as though they can ask for help, or simply don’t have the time to. It’s this so-called “dysfunctional culture” that makes lawyers so susceptible to the effects of drug abuse and addiction. If someone you know is struggling with an addiction and doesn’t have the ability to ask for help, call (877) 479-7580 today to speak to the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

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Benefits of Nature Walks in Addiction Recovery

Walking can provide ‘low-impact’ exercise for those who enjoy leisure and need physical activity. Any exercise can help increase the production of endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in the brain. Nature walks in addiction recovery can help to provide pleasure and a sense of well-being for those who are starting new lives without substance abuse. Any natural way that your body can produce those chemicals without the introduction of outside substances can help your brain to re-learn the appropriate ways to ‘experience’ joy or pleasure, which can ease the symptoms of withdrawal for someone overcoming an addiction. The BRS website has more information on rehabilitation, and a great facility if you are seeking recovery for yourself or a loved one.

Some of the Benefits of Nature Walks in Addiction Recovery

Aside from the direct benefits of exercise, being in nature can be very therapeutic as well. When in nature, a person tends to experience stress relief and relaxation. Furthermore, someone who gets outside often may have less risk for depression, or an easier time dealing with an existing problem with depression. The outdoors also gives the mind plenty to think about while enjoying overall stillness or serenity. It is not often that the brain is still for an addict. For this reason, the individual may experience a sense of boredom when he or she decides to seek help and stop using. Nature walks in addiction recovery can combat that boredom with the inherent stillness associated with being outside while also giving the mind ‘space’ to think and beautiful things to look at which can promote healthy mental patterns.

Another significant benefit that being in nature provides for someone in recovery is the sense of humility or ‘smallness,’ and the aloneness required for healthy introspection and reflection. A lot of addicts tend to seek a feeling of control or power when using. The truth is, not a single person has total control over his or her own life. To realize this can be a very freeing experience. Yes, we must make choices and undergo the consequences attached to them; however, nature can be a good reminder that the world is much bigger than ‘self.’  In these moments during which someone can see further than his or her problems, having space and quietness to think is essential. These moments help, also, to repattern the brain into more selfless thought. To spend excessive amounts of time thinking about yourself or your own problems can be exhausting and counterproductive to treatment and recovery. Most people who walk in nature on a routine basis also experience an increased attention span because they are forced to pay attention to the many small aspects of the world around them. Lower blood pressure, fewer worries, and reduction of stress are also all attributed to walking in nature.

Nature Reminds Us of More to Life Than ‘Self’

There is also something to be said about becoming aware that life is all around you. Reminders of this may be trees and plants or the many animals that share the outdoors with us. To see other life being played out innocently around us can be a reminder of the positivity associated with life in general. The seasons and their changing may also provide perspective. To see that with or without us, the world will change incessantly. Knowing this can be another freeing experience for those in recovery.  

Any time that can be filled with positivity or health is essential in that it can help to replace time that would, otherwise, have been spent indulging in unhealthy practices. Any replacement for using, or for the unhealthy lifestyle associated with addiction is time well spent. Sometimes all that an individual may need is a sense of belonging or activity that is new, and resides outside of the patterns that were habitually repeated through addiction. It is imperative to ‘throw away’ any patterns or habits that were prevalent during the active drug use that could be associated with the drug or alcohol of choice. This can leave someone with a lot of spare time with which to deal.

Health and Mental Benefits of Being Outside

Health benefits of exercise and being outside, especially in combination with the mental benefits of nature, can be one of the most gratifying ‘time replacement’ schemes. Spirituality can also be visited while in nature. It is very easy to reflect on core beliefs or even to contemplate (maybe for the first time) what you believe when you are out in nature. Spirituality can be a great mental exercise and can provide a sense of connectedness.

It is, of course, essential to consider any limitations posed by your body before you venture out. If walking is difficult for you, or if you have special requirements, maybe choose a pathway or sidewalk that can accommodate your needs. Lastly, occasionally, it might be beneficial to bring a healthy friend or family member with you. After all, we are all here to invest in one another. Whatever your pace, whatever your style, nature walks in addiction recovery provide valuable space from the negativity, and can give a glimpse into success and the beauty that surrounds us.

Drug Detox Programs

What to Expect During Drug Detox

The first step in recovery is the drug detox process. Drug detox is the process of weaning the patient off of the substance to which he or she is addicted, and the body is allowed to rid itself of the lingering toxins that remain after using the drug. It is vital that detoxification is monitored by professionals; this is because the shock that is experienced by the body when the drug is no longer being introduced, can be very painful and sometimes dangerous. These symptoms are called withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can be minor and pose little to no threat to the safety of the patient or others; however, some symptoms can, indeed, be dangerous.

Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of withdrawal will vary from person to person, and are contingent upon the length of time during which the drugs were used, what type of drugs were used, and how intensely the substance was used. Alcohol and other depressants can cause anxiety, hallucinations, tremors, seizures, and other similar symptoms. Whereas, opioids and painkillers can have withdrawal symptoms like muscle aches and increased pain sensitivity. Stimulants can cause severe symptoms of drug withdrawal that can include depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or self-harm. Withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced more generally include mood swings, sleeping problems, physical symptoms similar to those of the flu or a cold, intense cravings, and many others. The physical symptoms of withdrawal are usually shorter-lived than the psychological withdrawal symptoms. The drug detox process mainly focuses on the physical aspects of addiction. The mental issues are continually dealt with throughout treatment, and often beyond.

The Drug Detox Process Can Vary

There are several types of drug detox programs available. The type of detox treatment can depend on the kind of addiction, the severity of the habit, and the personal preferences and requirements of the patient. Outpatient detox programs are usually only recommended for less severe addictions or use problems. The reason for this is because the patient cannot be continually monitored, and may be prescribed methadone or another appropriate drug to help satiate the cravings. It is not uncommon for the patient to sell his or her prescription, or to abuse it. This is just a perpetuation of the problem. The benefits of outpatient detoxification treatment can include cost, convenience, and less time is required.

Inpatient detox is usually preferred. It provides doctors and staff that can monitor the patient’s health, and see to it that the patient does not have the opportunity to relapse or engage in behavior that impedes the detox or treatment process. Another benefit of inpatient treatment is that the guest can be transitioned smoothly into rehabilitation treatment, and can stay, in comfort, away from the triggers and routine associated with using. It may be more expensive, but insurance may be accepted. Payment plans are also not uncommon. The time required for inpatient treatment may be a good thing. Often it is beneficial for the guest to experience the upheaval and reconstruction of life and habits or patterns. This will provide a ‘blank slate’ on which a new lifestyle can be built.

The psychological effects of withdrawal can be grueling to deal with. It is essential to seek a detox facility that has people on staff that can talk to you. Counselling is often started after the stabilization phase of detox. This can be powerful because the effects of withdrawal can be discussed and contemplated as they are being experienced. The method of detox employed will be different case to case. If you are quitting all substance abuse, with only medical supervision, you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms throughout detox. This is sometimes called quitting ‘cold-turkey.’ Short-term medicated detox involves the use of medication for the first portion of the detox program to help alleviate some of the pain or discomfort associated with the withdrawal symptoms. A long-term medicated detox involves the use of medication throughout more of the detoxification process. This is usually administered cases of addiction with greater severity. This is beneficial to those who have taken harder drugs for more extended periods of time.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for More Information About Drug Detox

The initial withdrawal symptoms experienced in a detox program can be tough to endure. It is vital that you find a center that you trust, and that can provide the right care for you. Although the rest of treatment at a rehabilitation facility offers a majority of the stepping stones in recovery, the first and often most difficult are the drug detox process. The rewarding feeling of being clean is a huge boost, and a big first step to health. It can seem like a lot of responsibility and an overwhelming thing to decide to get help, but life after detox and treatment is worth it. It is never too late, and the human body is impressive. Success starts with a choice. We, as humans, are gifted the consciousness and power of choice. If you are interested in learning more about drug detox and rehab, visit http://brsrehab.com/treatment-program/detox/.

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Why Private Addiction Treatment Isn’t Just for Celebrities

When people find themselves stuck with an addiction to drugs and alcohol, this is often a very distressing and disconcerting affliction to be stricken with. As one can imagine, being inhibited by an addiction that affects both the body and mind can be quite traumatic, especially when one can’t kick the habit on their own. Addiction is embarrassing. It’s a very private issue, and people get very distressed when they can’t do something about it on their own and they have to reach out and get help with it.

Because of the privacy vs. embarrassment aspect of addiction, many addicts often feel as though they just can’t go to rehab. They often feel as though they simply cannot confront the idea of someone else finding out about their addiction, or even worse, several people finding out about their addiction. This puts such persons in a lose-lose situation. They can’t kick their habit on their own, so that has to go to rehab. But they can’t go to rehab because they don’t want to disclose the fact that they have an addiction! But they can’t just keep on walking down the dwindling, downhill spiral of the life of an active substance abuser. We all know the very real and sooner than anticipated end that awaits those who continue to live the life of an addict.

This is why private addiction rehab, literally private drug addiction treatment, is so valuable.

Private Addiction Treatment

The idea of the need for private addiction treatment is not a new concept. In 1935, the Alcoholics Anonymous approach was created in Akron, Ohio, with the driving principle of anonymity and privacy within addiction treatment. Then, in 1948, just thirteen years later, Narcotics Anonymous was founded on the same principle of confidentiality that Alcoholics Anonymous had, only for drug addicts instead of alcohol addicts.

So we can see that this is not a new idea, and the benefit of confidentiality and discretion within addiction treatment has great value. In fact, one of the main reasons why struggling addicts will not seek out rehab is because they feel it will not be confidential. Private drug rehab does exist though, and with many benefits too. Some of these are:

  • Private, confidential treatment is often more intimate and one on one. Rehabs that honor and respect their clients’ privacy will often be smaller, with a lower client to counselor ratio, and with far more one on one attention as a result.
  • Such treatment centers also generally speaking have more comfortable detoxification services. There are fewer clients within the program, so clients can get more attention and more intensive monitoring and assistance during the withdrawal procedure.
  • Private treatment centers are more distraction-free. Without the hustle and bustle of a large, loud, public treatment center, clients of a smaller, private center are able to relax more easily. Clients will also have an easier time focusing on holistic healing, exercise, nutrition programs, outdoor activities, community outings, one on one sessions, and group therapies.
  • Private treatment centers leave a lasting impression on their clients. Lifelong relationships are often built at such centers, as the smaller, tight-knit group effect builds a stronger recovery and a more lasting effect on clients. Such treatment centers build off of the secluded, private setting that they have been able to create to truly make clients feel at a home away from home.

The primary goal and mission at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is private addiction treatment. For more information on privacy at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, call today for a confidential discussion with a Behavioral Rehabilitation Services representative at 1 (877) 479-7580.

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Can You Get Compassion Exhaustion from Enabling an Addicted Loved One

As drug and alcohol addiction continues to plague our country, the family members and loved ones of addicts get hurt more and more. Addiction is a growing problem, with more people getting addicted each year than those who beat addiction. Not only that, but the addictions themselves are getting worse with each passing year. This is such that the problem of “drug addiction” and “alcohol addiction” are actually a lot more lethal than they used to be. All we have to do is look at the CDC’s death report on substance abuse to know that substance abuse claims more lives than it used to. And it’s not just because there are more addicts either. Statistically speaking the substances that are abused in 2017 are riskier than the substances abused in 1997.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are more than twenty-three million people hooked on drugs and alcohol in this country. With twenty-three million people addicted, it does not take a genius to know that there are a lot of people connected to those twenty-three million. Even if each addict only has about five or six family members, loved ones, friends, or business associates to whom they are very close, that is still over one-hundred million people being constantly, adversely affected by someone’s substance abuse. As much as we as a country need to come together and address those who are addicted, we also need to address those who are affected by another person’s addiction.

Losing Compassion

To an outsider looking in, a family member or loved one’s addiction can often feel like a never-ending cycle of viciousness and misery. In a lot of ways it is. If you spend too much time helping your addicted loved one, you could begin to experience compassion exhaustion or compassion fatigue. You might actually start losing compassion for your addicted loved one.

Nicole Urdang, a medical doctor and specialist on holistic medicine, had this to say about addressing compassion fatigue:

“It might manifest as insomnia, overeating, skipping meals, addictive behavior, isolating oneself, depression, anxiety, or anger. We might find ourselves fighting with partners or children, having no patience, feeling exhausted, noticing a lowered libido, unmotivated, and, paradoxically, being less interested in what our clients have to say,” she said. “Believe it or not, these are all helpful, as they quickly alert us to our depleted state. If we are paying attention and are committed to radical self-care, we can act on this awareness by rebalancing our life. If that is not possible, simply taking short breaks throughout the day to close your eyes, focus on your breath, or put your hands on your heart and send yourself some compassion can all make a big difference.”

Her words speak to the importance of taking care of oneself while also caring for others. Losing compassion for a loved one is not what you want to have happen. Rather, a tough love approach that still holds on to compassion for a loved one (while absolutely not enabling them) is key. It is better to have tough love than enablement, better to have compassion than sympathy, and better to have empathy for them than to enable them.

When one is truly able to step away from enabling their loved ones, they can regain their own stable ground and footing. They can present rehabilitation as an effective solution for their loved one and the only solution that they are willing to give. For help in accomplishing this, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at 1(877) 479-7580.

How to Cope and Stay Sober

How Recovering Addicts Can Cope and Stay Sober

There are many reasons that people turn to drugs, the most prevalent being a reach for some way to numb or quiet emotional pain or emptiness. Sometimes this involves the ‘dampening’ or suppression of past pain or trauma. According to statistics, cocaine is the second most widely used drug in the United States. Cocaine is also notorious for the ‘numbing’ effect of its high. It is known to give those who use it a sense of control and a boost of (perceived) strength or energy. This ‘cocaine numb’ is similar to effects produced by other stimulants; however, cocaine is fairly common and widely available. For additional information on what cocaine can do, click here.  As well as the inherent danger of cocaine’s side effects, there is considerable danger in taking any drug to mask or suppress emotional pain or to cope with stressful situations or feelings. There are ways, however, for recovering addicts to cope and stay sober.

You Can Learn to Cope and Stay Sober

Whatever has proven to be difficult for the user to overcome, when neglected, will never become better. Those emotions or pains will be there just the same at the end of the high or distraction provided by the drug. The only thing gained may be an addiction to a drug. This is the compounded chaos which is all too common for an addict.  It is imperative for an addict, or someone with an addictive personality, to learn to cope and stay sober. A recovering addict can cope without the use of drugs or foreign substances. Yes, this can be very difficult if other substances have already been introduced or leaned upon for emotional relief in the past.

It may be beneficial, if you or someone you know struggles with addiction, to enroll in a 12-step program or another program. It is often helpful to surround yourself with others who are going through similar situations. This can provide a sense of community and even accountability. This kind of network of support may prove to be invaluable.

Another aspect of health associated with the ability to remain sober or clean is confidence and a sense of identity. If there are areas of your life or personality that may be underdeveloped due to past addictions, maybe it is an excellent time to do some self-exploration. For instance, if you or your loved one have not had a hobby or preferred activity, it may help to develop one.

Behavioral Therapy can be Beneficial

Positivity can be extremely powerful. Behavioral therapy refocuses negative thoughts or patterns by replacing them with positive counterparts. This can be done, to some extent, on your own. An example of this would be if you find yourself upset about long work hours, try instead, to think of the blessing of having a job to provide money and an outlet or purpose.

It is also recommended that beliefs and foundational identifiers such as spirituality and family values be followed intensely. This sense of self and purpose can give a person something to hold on to when purpose may have, otherwise, been hard to find. Whether it be a higher-power or parents, siblings, or children, something outside of ourselves can help by bringing the focus and pressure off of the ‘self.’

Don’t Let Yourself Become Overwhelmed

Lastly, life can be overwhelming. This is especially true when the future is looked upon all at once. It is often within the addictive personality to look at the big picture (health, work, children, global issues, etc.) and become overwhelmed. At this point, the ‘big picture’ is replaced with whatever substance is typically abused to cope. It is important not to dwell on the big scary stuff and focus on accomplishing the task at hand or the ‘next right thing.’ If you keep moving forward with that in mind, you can cope and stay sober. Then all of a sudden, the stuff that seems overwhelming may be well on the way to becoming that which has become overcome or accomplished. Life is too short to spend time worrying or struggling, and too long to spend looking at the end.

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Executives in Recovery: How to Re-enter the Workplace After Rehab

Alcoholism can be a devastating disease, damaging the lives of alcoholics and the people who love them. Alcohol addiction can lead to broken relationships, divorce, and separation of children from their parents. It can destroy user’s financial lives through poor monetary decisions and lost jobs or wages. While these consequences are daunting, treatment for workaholics can save the life of the alcoholic and, in doing so, dramatically improve the life of his or her family and loved ones. While treatment for alcoholics is no easy feat, it is just the beginning, not the end, of recovery. Upon completion of a treatment program, the alcoholic in recovery must re-enter his old life and learn how to navigate its challenges as a sober adult.

Alcoholics in the Workforce

Legally, employers have the right to fire employees for subpar performance, whether it is due to substance abuse problems or any other reasons. However, many employers want to help employees struggling with addiction. Many employers will hold an employee’s job for the duration of rehab or allow the individual to attend rehab with an understanding that they will have a job if they are able to successfully complete treatment and maintain a sober lifestyle. Larger companies may have specific policies set up to deal with employees who struggle with substance abuse.

Returning to the Workforce

Coming back to work after rehab comes with its own set of challenges. Depending on the individual’s behavior before rehab, coworkers may gossip about the reasons behind the leave-of-absence and may be nosy. It is important to remember that, by law, the reasons for departure and return are confidential, and the employee has a right to privacy. If the alcoholic in recovery wishes to share his story, that is his decision.

In terms of job expectations, the U.S. Department of Labor suggests creating a return-to-work agreement before the employee comes back. It should outline the employer’s expectations for the returning employee, including zero-tolerance for substance abuse, with the stipulation that breaking the agreement is grounds for termination. Another challenge in returning to work after rehab is learning to deal with the stress without the release of alcohol abuse. The recovering alcoholic will need to utilize new strategies, such as mindfulness exercises, yoga, breathing, or other physical activities to reduce stress.

Reducing Stress To Avoid Relapse

While returning to work can be challenging, it also offers some benefits to the recovering alcoholic. The workplace is a structured environment that provides opportunities for creative thinking, problem, solving, and socialization. It gives the individual a purpose and an identity. But for recovering addicts, there is always the risk of replacing one addiction for another, and one risk for a recovering alcoholic is becoming a work addict.

Recovering alcoholics fresh out of treatment may throw themselves back into work and quickly develop the hallmarks of addiction, such missing out on social obligations to work, thinking about and craving work at inappropriate times, and allowing work to negatively impact personal lives and relationships. Working too much may lead to burnout or create too much work-related stress, which can trigger a relapse of alcohol use.

When returning to work, alcoholics in recovery be mindful that becoming a workaholic is a possibility and be on the lookout for changes in work habits, such as skipping important events or losing interest in previously enjoyable activities. Recovering alcoholics should gradually increase work responsibilities instead of jumping right back in and resist the urge to prove themselves to coworkers and employers. Work addiction treatment is available if needed. Call our toll-free number today for help with any type of addiction.

Alcohol Detoxification

What Should You Expect During Alcohol Detoxification?

Alcohol has been normalized in American society. It permeates our culture via books, television, movies, and advertisements. It is portrayed as a giver of good times, a bonding experience, and something of independence and romance. The truth is that alcohol is a depressant. It slows the central nervous system (CNS) and can cause drowsiness and delayed reaction time and other related symptoms. It is the cause of more than half of all of the deaths related to driving in the United States. It causes the internal organs to fail and steals time from family and raids the pocketbooks of struggling spouses. Although the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol detoxification can be excruciating, the result is a more rewarding and healthy life.

When tolerance to alcohol is built, the body learns to compensate and to keep the brain in a more wakeful state. When you decide to quit drinking, there will be symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Some people choose to stop ‘cold turkey’ (all at once and without help). Stopping without support may or may not be a good idea, depending on the severity of the addiction. If you have not been drinking long, or if you do not drink very much, withdrawals may not occur, or they may be minor symptoms. These less-serious symptoms can include shaking or tremors, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, headache, insomnia, and excessive sweating. These usually commence after as few as six hours after you stop consuming alcohol. Though generally not life-threatening, these symptoms can be uncomfortable enough to cause a relapse or additional drinking to stave off further withdrawals.

Alcohol Detoxification Programs

If you have tried to quit before, or you drink frequently and want to stop, it is recommended that you seek an alcohol detoxification program. A detox program can be beneficial because there are medical doctors and staff present that can see to it that you remain safe and sober through detox. Alcohol detoxification is the process by which your body is allowed to rid itself of the toxins that have built up internally over the period during which alcohol was ingested. Several severe symptoms of withdrawal should be monitored by a physician. These can include hallucinations, seizures, confusion, high blood pressure, and fever. These are sometimes associated with Delirium Tremens (DTs). DTs are symptoms including vivid hallucinations and delusions. DTs are relatively rare, however.

Inpatient detox programs are usually preferred because the patient can be monitored and because they provide accountability for the patient to remain sober through the withdrawal stages of detoxification. It is essential that the facility at which you (or whoever is recovering from alcohol addiction) is clean, safe, comfortable, and conducive to rest and positivity. Some programs will involve more group-oriented treatment, while others may focus more on the individuals on a more singular basis. Everyone is different, and treatment should be chosen according to the needs of the patient.

During alcohol detoxification, it will be beneficial to stick to the prescribed or suggested regimen of vitamins, the recommended diet, and water/fluid intake. For detox to work efficiently, the body must be given the proper nutrition. The amount of water required by the body to rid itself of toxins is substantial. To allow this process to happen without depriving the rest of the body’s functions of the water needed to be completed, plenty of water must be ingested. It is also a good idea to drink plenty of water anyway. Sometimes, vitamin drinks or electrolytes are also given for the patient to drink. 

Maintain Positivity in Recovery

As with overcoming anything in life, simplification can be helpful in the journey to sobriety (in detox, and at home). Having a space that is quiet and calm to collect your thoughts and relax will help greatly. Since alcohol is often used in groups or at parties or other social events, it might be good to set boundaries for yourself. These boundaries might include a curfew, places that you should avoid (like restaurants that serve alcohol) or even limited time spent with people that you might feel are not healthy to be around. It will also prove to be helpful to surround yourself with positivity in any way possible. Try only watching ‘upbeat’ or positive television shows. Music should be kept happy as well. Keeping your surroundings clean and simple, and maintaining your hygiene will promote positivity.

Remember, you are worth healthy change. If a better version of yourself can be achieved, it is essential that you try. Alcohol detoxification and rehab can seem overwhelming, along with the symptoms of withdrawal pains. This does not mean, however, that you will not have fun along the way to sobriety, or that you will not feel a fantastic sense of accomplishment every step of the journey. Detox is the first step. The human body is impressive and can get rid of the toxins that harm it. If you are interested in detox for yourself or a loved one, click here for lots of helpful information and resources.

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When Moderate Drinking is Never an Acceptable Outcome After Addiction Rehab

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is an addiction, characterized by cravings for alcohol and a compulsion to drink, even when the drinker knows he or she will suffer harmful side effects from it. Alcoholic’s bodies become physically accustomed to the presence of alcohol, and they may even suffer from symptoms of withdrawal if they stop drinking alcohol.

Abstinence from Alcohol

Current addiction treatment programs consider abstinence from alcohol to be the most effective means of recovering from alcoholism and maintaining sobriety long-term. This means absolutely no alcohol consumption, at present or in the future. Abstinence-based programs maintain that there is no level of drinking that is safe for alcoholics in recovery; in fact, many programs consider an alcoholic who stops drinking to be continuously “in recovery” but never “recovered,” because any amount of drinking could trigger a relapse. That being said, there is a current movement called “Moderation Management” proposing that alcoholics can learn to drink responsibly. This begs the question: Can problem drinkers learn moderation?

Can An Alcoholic Drink in Moderation?

The Moderation Management program is designed to help alcoholics change their behavior so that their drinking is no longer a problem. Like many addiction treatment programs, this one begins with abstaining from alcohol, but instead of attempting to maintain that abstinence forever, members can transition to moderate alcohol use after 30 days. Moderation Management guidelines include:

  • Attending meetings in-person or online
  • Monitoring alcohol consumption
  • Conducting a regular self-inventory
  • Abstaining from alcohol 3-4 days each week
  • Limiting drinking; for women, this means no more than 3 drinks per day or 9 per week; for men, no more than 4 drinks per day or 14 per week

While this treatment model may be appealing to current alcoholics who do not want to stop drinking, evidence shows that as many as 15% of Moderation Management members have clinical symptoms of alcoholism, suggesting that the program is not completely effective.

Why Is It Difficult for Problem Drinkers to Learn Moderation?

It is challenging for problem drinkers to drink in moderation for the same reasons that they became problem drinkers in the first place. The causes of alcoholism vary from person to person but may include a genetic predisposition or other mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. These root causes will not go away, and continued drinking may even mask them, preventing the alcoholic from receiving proper treatment.

A person with a strong family history of alcoholism may have a genetic tendency toward addiction that will always be triggered by alcohol consumption, even at low levels. A person who suffers from undiagnosed depression or anxiety may drink to self-medicate and continuing to drink will further the condition and prevent the individual from seeking treatment for either problem. Even people without any of these conditions may drink as a social crutch or as a stress management technique, and unless they truly stop drinking, they will never learn how to handle stressful situations in a healthy manner.

In addition, alcoholics frequently lack the ability to regulate their drinking–that is part of the reason they developed a drinking problem. Moderation is a poor management technique because alcoholics cannot stop at the “just right” level of drinking–any exposure to alcohol triggers cravings for more. The idea of drinking in moderation is more likely a way for the alcoholic to placate the people pressuring him or her to change or to deny to himself the extent of the problem behavior.

For these reasons, the answer is no: alcoholics cannot drink in moderation. Complete abstinence from alcohol is the best treatment approach for alcoholism. If you would like more information on alcohol abstinence, call our toll-free number.

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Executive Addicts: How their Children Respond to their Addictions

Seeing anyone you love fall into the grips of addiction is a confusing and terrifying experience, but when it’s a child watching a parent that they look up to and rely on to feel safe and secure exhibiting the physical and psychological effects of addiction, the emotional effect on the child can be long-lasting. Executives are susceptible to addiction too, possibly even more so than other people because of the stress they face at work on a daily basis, and understanding the importance of family and addiction treatment for executives can mean the difference between tearing your family apart and keeping it together. For more information about family dynamics in addiction, or to find out what executive addiction recovery program is best suited to your situation, call (877) 474-7113 to speak to an experienced substance abuse counselor today.

Family Dynamics in Addiction

Living with an addicted parent is traumatizing for children, and, true to the destructive cycle of addiction, the trauma and neglect that accompanies addiction can increase a child’s risk of suffering from his or her own substance use disorder later in life. It becomes easier for a child to numb his or her feelings or disconnect from them than it is to experience the anger, hurt, confusion and guilt that comes with having an addict as a parent. It is often only after an addict parent recognizes the adverse effect addiction has had on his family that he finally agrees to seek treatment. In some cases, it takes the addict’s loved ones staging an intervention to finally put an end to the substance abuse. After all, family members are often the ones who bear the brunt of abuse during the years of addiction, including lying, theft, medical problems, financial problems and job loss, and by seeking treatment at a rehab facility, the addict can start on the path to healing these open wounds.

Roles of Family Members in Addiction

Even when there is another, sober parent in the house, it’s easy for a child to become caught between trying to “cure” the addicted parent and trying to comfort the sober parent, which is more than any child should have to deal with. Many children faced with the reality of addiction in a parent try to do anything they can to help, either by reassuring the other parent, taking on household chores that are falling to the wayside, or caring for younger siblings whose physical and emotional needs aren’t being met by their parents. Younger children may cling to the belief that if they are “good” enough or “helpful” enough, everything will be fine. However, there is a fine line between helping and enabling, in which a family member allows an addict’s behavior to continue by smoothing over family upsets and covering for the addict with other family members. It’s easy for the roles of family members in addiction to become blurred, but in the wake of an addiction disorder, it’s important to remember that, as a parent, it’s your duty to care for your children and keep them safe. Exposing them to the destructive world of addiction is only preparing them for a future life of addiction.

Call Best Rehabilitation Services Today for Help

If you are an executive struggling with a debilitating addiction problem, don’t underestimate the havoc your addiction can wreak on your household, and the lasting negative effect it can have on your children. Call Best Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 474-7113, to speak to a qualified addiction recovery counselor about your substance abuse treatment options.

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Do Functioning Drug Addicts Struggle with Addiction?

What do you think of when you hear the term “drug addict?”  Perhaps someone who looks sickly, someone who has neglected his or her health in pursuit of the next high?  Maybe too thin from skipping too many meals?  If you think of an alcoholic, do you picture a stumbling drunk?  While these images are not necessarily wrong, they fail to capture the many people who struggle with addiction while maintaining the facade of a healthy, happy life: functioning drug addicts.  A functioning addict might put on a shirt and tie every morning and head off to work, but his struggle with substance abuse is just as real as that of a junkie on the street.  But exactly, “What is a functional addict?”

Functioning Drug Addicts

Functioning drug addicts are people who struggle with substance abuse but continue to “function” as healthy individuals.  They continue to hold a job, pay their bills, participate in the family, and maintain a social life, while at the same time keeping up a drug or alcohol habit.  In many ways, these addicts are leading a double life–the life of a responsible, healthy adult, and the life of an addict.  Colleagues at work, friends, and family members typically are unaware of their struggle with addiction, or if they do know about it, fail to realize the extent of the substance abuse.  How can you tell if someone you care about has a private substance abuse problem?

Functioning Addict Symptoms

Functioning drug or alcohol addicts work hard to keep their abuse a secret.  When confronted, they will most likely deny that they have a problem, and they are probably in denial about it themselves as well.  But there are some signs that a person is hiding an addiction:

  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Changes in appearance, such as bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, heavy eyelids, or glassy eyes
  • Detectable odor of alcohol,  strong mouthwash, or mints
  • Secretive behavior
  • Frequent absence or lateness
  • Inappropriate or unusual clothing, such as long sleeves in summertime to hide track marks
  • Changes in mood
  • Erratic behavior
  • Overreacting or acting overly emotional
  • Making excuses for appearance, action, or attitude

Substance Abuse and Failure at Work

While functioning addicts can maintain a facade of a healthy, happy life for a time, eventually, that facade will break, and the substance abuse will come out.  Addiction impacts the user’s health and behavior, and at some point will cause a problem that reveals the abuse.  This reveal may come about at home, perhaps by missing too many family events or by dramatically inappropriate behavior such as fighting or being abusive.  This may take place in the form of a work failure: chronic absenteeism, missed deadlines, or excessive lateness can lead to a work reprimand or firing.  While upsetting or embarrassing at first, this failure may be just what the addict needs to confront his or her addiction.  Such a striking failure reveals the extent of the problem to the user and his family, forcing him to admit he has a problem.  It can also force the family to acknowledge the addiction; they may be willing to tolerate some level of substance abuse at home as long as it does not impact the user’s employment. Recognizing the substance abuse allows the user and those who care about him to take an honest look at his life, identify the cause of the failure, create a solution, and make out a plan of action.  

Call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services

If you suspect that someone you love is secretly struggling with addiction, help is available.  Call our substance abuse counselors today to find the right treatment approach.

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What to Do if Your Career Success is Leading to Addiction

We’ve all heard the story of the successful business executive turning to drugs, either to celebrate a milestone at work or to stay ahead in a competitive field, only to become addicted and fall from grace. It’s a tale as old as time, and it’s one that still rings true today, despite the fact that we, as a society, rarely picture smart, successful businessmen and women when we think of addiction. Unfortunately, addiction is a problem that knows no boundaries – it strikes people young and old, regardless of their income, work success or social standing. In fact, some would say that executives are more prone to addiction than other people, given their disposable income, the character traits that helped them become successful, and the stress they are under to perform well at work. For more information about executives and addiction, call Best Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 474-7113 today.

Business Executives and Addiction

Research has shown that high-powered business executives who are successful at work, and who have higher IQs, are equally – if not more – likely to struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism than their less-educated, blue-collar counterparts. There are many reasons why successful business executives may fall victim to substance abuse, including the following:

  • Drinking alcohol or doing drugs is considered the norm in some professions, typically to celebrate closing a big deal or as a strategy for courting prospective clients.
  • Remaining successful in a competitive work environment results in a great deal of stress, and business executives may be tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs to handle this stress.
  • Some believe that the same character traits that help people become successful also make up an addiction-prone personality.
  • Just because an executive appears happy and successful on the outside doesn’t mean he isn’t facing an internal struggle.
  • Some executives self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to treat a mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety.
  • Some executives do drugs to improve their performance at work or to enhance their creativity.
  • Successful executives often feel like they are invincible, including when it comes to doing drugs or drinking alcohol.

Why Are Some People Prone to Addiction?

Addiction may appear to be more about opportunity than anything else, but research has shown that genetics play an important role in developing substance use disorders, and it has also been suggested that successful people share many of the characteristics of an addictive personality, including:

  • The urge to rebel or refuse to conform
  • A desire for attention
  • A high tolerance for deviant behavior
  • A willingness to take huge risks
  • A history of impulsive behavior
  • Feeling alienated from other people
  • Having low self-esteem
  • The inability to delay gratification

Executives as High-Functioning Addicts

Successful people who abuse drugs or alcohol make it a priority to hide their problems from their friends, family members, and co-workers, in an effort to keep up appearances, and for business executives, their work success becomes a sort of camouflage. As long as they continue to perform well at work and maintain the image of a successful executive, they can fend off concerns about their drinking or drug use, and it’s not uncommon for the people closest to a business executive to have no idea that they have a substance use disorder. This is where the stereotypical image of an addict comes in – a successful executive doesn’t fit into the mold of what we believe an addict to be, so any potential concerns are swiftly dismissed as impossible.

Getting Help for an Addiction Disorder

Addiction is a serious problem, and for business executives, it’s one that can spell disaster in the long run. If you believe your success at work is leading to addiction, don’t hesitate to get the help you need. Call (877) 474-7113 today to speak to a certified addiction recovery counselor at Best Rehabilitation Services.

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Asking for Addiction Help: Why It Can Be a Difficult Process for Addicts

Our country is constantly faced with all kinds of difficulties and problems of one kind or the other. That is just a part of life. One of the problems that have been becoming significantly more difficult has been the problem of alcohol addiction.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the problem that is alcohol addiction has been growing at a rapidly increasing rate in this country and has been causing lots of problems of its own. Case in point, alcohol now statistically speaking has more people addicted to it then all of the drug addicts in this country combined. This is to say that alcohol abuse and consumption is a sincerely concerning and constantly growing problem, one of which creates a lot of risk and difficulty for the rest of us.

For the actual numbers on it from the NIAAA, there are about 10 million Americans who are addicted to alcohol this country, and about 60,000 who die from alcohol every year. Compare that to 8 million drug addicts, and about 40,000 drug deaths annually. What this all shows us is that alcohol addiction has grown significantly in this country since the turn of the century, and a lot of that is because of the whole opinion and attitude towards alcoholism has become far more accepting of it as a problem, unfortunately.

Beating Alcohol Addiction

It does take a lot of work and a lot of effort to successfully accomplish beating alcohol addiction. The grim truth of the matter here is that this is a very dangerous and risky problem that causes all kinds of worries and hardships for people, and which need to be more effectively addressed. What we have on our hands truly is a full-on nightmare when it comes to alcohol addiction, and the best way to address this is with professional detox and rehab programs like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

Don’t Fear Asking for Professional Addiction Help

When people who are battling alcohol addiction ask how to overcome alcohol, there is a simple answer. Rehab. But what if a person does not know how to get help or does not know how to ask? The first thing a person must do is just to come to the understanding and the realization that they need to get help for their alcohol addiction or it will be the end of them. That has to be the first approach here by far. There is no doubt that getting off of alcohol takes a lot of work and a lot of effort, to say the least, and the person has to want it and they have to be willing to reach out and go for it.

When they are ready to get help, they need to start talking to family members and loved ones and people who will help them, and they need to do this quickly too. They also need to start talking to rehab centers as well, as all of these programs will make a big difference for the person in getting them the help that they ultimately need to beat addiction once and for all and for good. Asking for addiction help can be tough, but it is necessary.

Treatment at Behavioral Rehabilitation

Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can offer extensive and very helpful recovery services for people. For more information, reach out to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at our toll-free number to take the first step towards a better future and a better life that is totally free and clear of alcohol abuse and addiction.

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How You Can Rebuild Your Finances After Drug Addiction

Addiction to drugs and alcohol takes a toll on many aspects of a person’s life.  Personal relationships often suffer. The user’s health can be impacted both in the short-term and the long-term.  Hobbies and pleasant pastimes may be replaced with substance abuse.  Over time, the user puts aside personal interests and healthy strategies for coping with stress.  When people enter recovery, they expect that their bodies will have to recover physically, that they will have to rebuild damaged relationships, and that they will have to learn how to handle stress without using drugs or alcohol.  But what may come as a surprise is that the effects of addiction extend into their financial lives.  Many times, substance abusers find that their finances are in shambles and that during recovery they will have to know how to rebuild their finances after drug addiction. At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we offer training to help clients with this issue.

Addiction And Finances

One of the many ways addiction affects your life is about how you have earned and spent your money.  It has the double negative impact of reducing your income while increasing your expenses.  

  • Job productivity suffers because the user may frequently be late or absent to work, resulting in a smaller paycheck.  Most likely, the user’s job performance suffers even when he or she makes it into work.  Eventually, the user’s co-workers and their employer may become frustrated, and the user will lose their job.  With no income, and with the poor job prospects that come with a  spotty employment record, the user will have a hard time finding a new source of income.
  • Expenses increase because drugs and alcohol cost a lot of money.  A 2014 report prepared for the White House indicates that drug addicts spent a total of about $100 billion annually on illegal drugs.  The nature of the disease that is addiction will cause people to choose to spend their money on drugs or alcohol, even when it is money they cannot afford to pay.
  • Debt piles up as users neglect their financial obligations in favor of spending money on drugs and alcohol.  They may wrack up credit card debt as they pay for their daily household expenses with credit cards or take cash advances for drug money.  They may be late or default on mortgage payments when they have no more money.  They may take out personal loans from family and friends as they become truly desperate.

As a result, by the time addicts end up in treatment, they often find themselves without a job and surrounded by debt obligations that they cannot meet.  

Financial Training After Addiction

Recovery is a time of transition and can be very stressful as the addict learns how to navigate life without the crutch of substance abuse. Financial distress is just another stressor during this difficult time, making real financial training an essential part of recovery. You can learn to manage your finances after drug addiction.  At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we help addicts in recovery by teaching them how to achieve financial stability through responsible economic management.  The skills we teach include:

  • How to remain gainfully employed
  • How to live comfortably within your budget
  • How to honor your financial obligations
  • How bank accounts work and how to manage your own
  • How credit cards work and how to handle your own
  • Why it is essential to save money and how to do so
  • How your financial stability impacts your relationships
  • How your financial stability impacts your sobriety

These skills help the user in recovery so that financial stress does not lead to a relapse.  

You Can Manage Your Finances After Drug Addiction

Financial training is just one of many critical areas of support we offer at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. You can regain your life and become the responsible person you were before drug addiction. Contact us today if you or someone you love struggles with addiction.

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How to Endure Workplace Judgment Following an Addiction Relapse

It would seem that the lifestyle and the life of a recovering individual, in general, is definitely something that is difficult and hard, to say the least, and that getting free and clear from addiction once and for all and for good really does seem to take a lot of work and a lot of effort to do effectively.

Once one is finally able to get clean with the help of rehab, even then it would seem as though they are not exactly “free” from addiction by any means at all, and rather they are still suffering from habits and problems that are truly concerning, because they always carry with them the history of having been addicted. This can create problems with them in all different areas of life and livingness and can cause hardship and all kinds of struggles for people to say the least. At work, at home, in one’s activities, in one’s relationships, this history of addiction practically always haunts people very much so and should be watched out for.

What Does a Relapse Mean

What does it mean when someone relapses? More importantly, what is relapse? First of all, to “relapse” as one can probably imagine is to revisit or to return to old habits or old ways of substance abuse. To relapse is basically to have been an addict or a substance abuser at one point in a person’s life, to then get free and clear of that addiction for a period of time, and to then, after being clean and sober for a period of time, to then fall back into substance abuse again. This is what a relapse is.

Now, a lot of people think that when a person relapses then that is it for them and that they blew their chances at recovery and that they are now just going to be addicts and that is just the way it is. Yet this could not be further from the truth. A lot of people believe that to relapse means that recovery did not work for the person and that they did not get the tools that they needed to get to go free from addiction for life, and that they are going into a position of sincere and serious difficulty.  But this is not necessarily the case, or at least it does not have to be.

In fact, a relapse does not have to be the end of recovery. When a person relapses, though they might get judged and ridiculed and scorned for it, they need to remember that this is just a part of the hardship of having suffered from addiction. They need to buck up so to speak, and they need to dive right back into their recovery again and go back to rehab to get the help that they need to ensure that they can live a relapse-free lifestyle and habit. That is really the most important thing here to remember.

What to Do When the Ridicule Sets In

The best thing that one can do when they start to get heavily ridiculed for having experienced a relapse is they can go back into rehab again. Obviously, some trigger or some underlying issue was missed when they went to rehab the first time, and it needs to be addressed again more effectively and more precisely this time, to ensure that a relapse does not happen again. This will be the best way possible to address ridicule from the workplace.

For more information on how to get started, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at 1-(877)-474-7113.

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Are Executives Choosing Cocaine Over Their Careers

Drug and alcohol abuse is a problem factor in our country make no mistake, one of which is considered to be our most difficult health problem at this time. At this point, drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is a brutal and harsh issue of the very worst kind, and it is getting worse with each passing year to the point where it borders on being a national emergency.

As addiction has gotten so concerning and so serious, we as a nation have begun to study this problem far more seriously in an effort to really get a handle on it and to get a good idea of where exactly this problem is going in our country.

Executive Cocaine Use Studies

Research has been done on cocaine use and the findings are as follows:

  • Studies show that, in a big way, cocaine is making a huge comeback in our country, in spite of our efforts to do something about it and to take it down a notch. As it stands though, and after what seemed like years of becoming less and less of an issue, cocaine is now back and with a vengeance.
  • Studies show that about thirty-five percent of Americans of the age of eighteen or older have tried cocaine at some point in their lives. This is the sad truth of it. There are a lot of people who have had a run in with this drug at some point.
  • As cocaine has become more common and popular, crack cocaine has also come on the market and has become a lot more common and popular too. Now, studies show that crack cocaine is almost more common and more regular than powdered cocaine is, which is upsetting and worrisome, to say the least.
  • Cocaine abuse and addiction is truly a hardship. Studies show that about half of those who try heroin at least once will become addicted to it. Sixty-five percent of those who try meth once will become addicted to it. But no less than seventy-five percent of those who try cocaine will end up becoming addicted to it, which just goes to show how terribly addicted this substance really is.
  • Studies show that there are currently well over ninety-five thousand American youths who are addicted to cocaine. This is just in the age group of 16 to 28. Nationwide, cocaine addiction statistics number in the high six figures.

What Happens When You Do Cocaine

What does cocaine do to you? How does cocaine affect the body? What happens when you do cocaine? These are all questions that unfortunately people who take cocaine usually do not ask or find the answers to. In fact, more often than not such people will just consume and take part in cocaine abuse without a care in the world, not caring that they are consuming the single most addictive drug known to mankind, and not knowing that there is a good chance that cocaine abuse will also be the end of them.

Unfortunately, cocaine use and abuse are all too common amongst executives and people higher up. Cocaine has often been thought to be a gentlemen’s drug of sorts, and that is concerning and risky, to say the least. This is a substance that causes intensive and worrisome hardship for people, yet business executives and CEOs are becoming addicted to it left and right. When this happens, such people need to get off the habit as quickly as is possible. For more information on how executives can get help for a cocaine addiction, reach out to Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at 1 (877) 474-7112.

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The Common Characteristics Shared by Drug Addicts and CEOs

We have studied addiction now more so than before as the problem has gotten worse. As it stands, we do know a lot more about addiction now than we did before. For example, one very interesting thing that was found was that drug addicts and CEOs of businesses share a lot of common characteristics.

Executive Recovery

It is necessary for business executives who suffer from an addiction to take part in executive recovery. Executive drug rehab and executive recovery are sometimes required and needed because when people suffer from addiction they put themselves in a position and a situation where they will absolutely need to get help by going to a treatment center. This happens to executives a lot, because true enough, executives and CEOs possess a lot of the same traits and characteristics that are present in addicts.

A recent study done by neuroscience professor David Linden compared a lot of the personality traits of CEOs and executives and addicts, both drug addicts and alcoholics. CEOs and executives are hard working, dedicated, diligent, impassioned, motivated, and ethical big dreamers who accomplish amazing feats within their own lives to ensure their success and the better survival of those around them.  Unfortunately, this drive and sense of purpose can lead some of them to turn to drugs or alcohol to help them cope with the immense stress and demands.

On the other hand, many addicts are the at the bottom rung of society. Some addicts lie, steal, cheat, manipulate, and hurt others in an effort to get their substances. Also, many addicts are coercive, sneaky, they break the law.  They physically hurt people, endanger the lives of themselves and others around them, and cause a lot of harm to people every day.

On the outside, it looks like CEOs and addicts are two totally different types of people, but there is still an underlying similarity here.

Handling Business Executives and Addiction

Both CEOs and drug abusers and alcoholics have an addiction. Studies show that CEOs are addicts just as drug abusers are, the only difference is that CEOs and execs are addicted to something positive whereas drug users and alcoholics are addicted to something very negative. As it stands,  substance abusers are addicted to just about the worst thing possible.

This would not normally catch much attention, except for the fact that many CEOs and business execs have an addictive personality, and this makes them more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol if they experience a huge loss or a difficult situation in their lives. Should this happen, they find themselves in a troublesome area that is risky and problematic. As it stands, getting off of drugs and alcohol needs to then be the priority for them.

When CEOs and executives experience hardship or difficulty in their lives that put them in a position where they cannot move forward, they often succumb to an addiction. When this happens, they will need to get free from the addiction, and the best way to do that is by going to an executive drug rehab like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. For more information, reach out to us at our toll-free number today.

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Addicted and Codependent: Can Your Marriage be Saved

An addiction to drugs and alcohol is a truly unfortunate and upsetting thing. Substance abuse and addiction, in general, is actually incredibly life-threatening and can cause a sincere and significant amount of damage to a person. Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, in general, is thought to be one of the single most harsh and life-threatening habits out there and the proof of this is in the pudding of how many people die because of substance abuse annually and the lives that are destroyed because of it as well.

Addiction by itself is bad enough. It is a harsh and debilitating crisis that has absolutely no benefit whatsoever. When people suffer from addiction, a lot of other problems often come up too. One of the most common of them all is the problem of codependence. Codependency is when one of the individuals in a relationship becomes very dependent upon another individual in that relationship. All too often, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol end up also becoming codependent upon their spouse or significant other. This then creates a difficult situation for both individuals present.

Codependency is very simple to define. It is just a manifestation and factor of a person relying on someone else to some degree, usually a very large degree. Codependency is one of those things that can crop up essentially anywhere and essentially with anyone, but it does have a particular proclivity to occur in the lives of people who abuse drugs and alcohol. Studies and surveys actually do show that codependency is a very serious problem and happens very often for addicts. This is why it’s so important for such individuals to get help a soon as they can.

Overcoming Codependency

Codependency is dangerous for both the substance abuser and their spouse or significant other. Overcoming codependency is needed here because this is not a good situation for anyone. Codependency has a tendency to create a very difficult and unhealthy relationship, one that can often end up in a serious disaster for both members of that relationship. This is why people who are codependent need to get this addressed.

The bottom line with getting over codependency is that the addiction is really the main problem. If it wasn’t for the person’s addiction, then the codependency would never even be there, and even if it did, it would be a lot easier to address. This is why addiction treatment is so key and crucial for everyone who is affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

How to Break Codependent Habits

Thankfully, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services offers not just drug and alcohol addiction treatment, but a wide plethora of other services too. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can also address codependency. It is just another part of the many services that they offer. If a client comes to treatment with the codependency problem of any kind or severity, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is able to address this along with the substance abuse problem.

For more information about the problem that is codependency and how Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can help address it, call us today at 1 (877) 474-7112. No one should have to suffer from addiction unnecessarily. Substance abuse is a cruel and unpleasant habit that affects all of us.

There are more than 23 million people in this country who are addicted to drugs and alcohol and another 100 million people who are negatively affected by those 23 million. Call today to take the first step towards a better life for yourself and your significant other and to make an effective and lasting change for the better.

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Numbing Emotional Pain: How Addicts Can Cope and Stay Sober

When people become addicted to drugs and alcohol, this is never something that, “just happens.” When people get into a position where they abuse drugs and alcohol, there is always a back story, there is always a problem, there is always a crisis, and there is always something they are trying to solve or something they are trying to cope with. It is never as simple as it sounds, and it is never as straightforward or direct as just “I thought it would be neat to try.”

Often times, people abuse drugs and alcohol because of a problem they have that they cannot solve so they try to use substances to solve it.  This is probably the most common of them all. They use and abuse substances because they are trying to fix a problem, or more realistically because they are trying to avoid having to confront a real and legitimate problem that they are having in life.

When this happens, and when a person finds themselves in a situation where they are suddenly addicted to cocaine or some other drug for the purpose of numbing emotional pain, they need to do the right thing. They need to admit that they have a problem and enter into an inpatient addiction treatment center and recovery program.

Cocaine Numb

The “Cocaine Numb” is a phenomenon where people consume and abuse a cocaine substance for the purpose of numbing whatever emotion they happen to be feeling at that time that they do not want to be feeling. The problem is, what can cocaine do to the body?  Cocaine side effects can be things like heart problems, respiratory problems, damage to internal organs, organ failure, cardiac arrest, central nervous problems, and countless other issues and difficulties that are very unpleasant and very unwanted.

One of the biggest and most worrisome problems that we have on our hands right now is young people getting addicted to cocaine. In fact, young people are getting addicted to all kinds of substances, and young people between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five are now the most at risk demographic out there for substance abuse. Truly, youth addiction to drugs and alcohol is on the rise and will need to be addressed if any actual progress in the future of this country will be accomplished.

Addiction and Young Adults

Drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and cocaine addiction are all becoming more common for young people, making rehab a huge necessity. For example:

  • Different types of addiction issues have started to come up in this country in recent years that never really were a problem before. For example, one of the biggest issues we see now is the fact that young people, adolescents, teens, and young adults are becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol at alarmingly increasing rates.
  • Studies show that young people are being put on prescription drugs that are very addictive like never before. This creates a pretty grim and brutal situation because young people are even harder to rehabilitate than adults are as their bodies simply cannot handle it most of the time.
  • Studies show that young people are the second largest demographic for prescription drug abuse next to grown adults. What is truly upsetting about this too is that most of the young people never intended to get addicted to these drugs and substances in the first place, but that is the cruelty of prescription drugging.

Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is here to help in any way they can, and with any addiction problem too. For more information, reach out to Behavioral Rehabilitation today at 1 (877) 474-7112.

finances and addiction

How to Rebuild Your Finances After Drug Addiction

Addiction to drugs and alcohol takes a toll on many aspects of a person’s life. Personal relationships often suffer. The user’s health can be impacted both in the short-term and the long term. Hobbies and pleasant pastimes may be replaced with substance abuse. Over time, the user puts aside personal interests and healthy strategies for coping with stress. When people enter recovery, they expect that their bodies will have to physically recover, that they will have to rebuild damaged relationships, and that they will have to learn how to handle stress without using drugs or alcohol. But what may come as a surprise is that the effects of addiction extend into their financial lives. Many times, substances abusers find that their finances are in shambles and that during recovery they will have to learn how to manage money and financial stress.

Addiction and Finances

One of the many ways how addiction affects your life is about how you have earned and spent your money. It has the twofold negative impact of reducing your income while increasing your expenses.

  • Job productivity suffers because the user may be frequently late or absent to work, resulting in a smaller paycheck. Most likely, the user’s job performance suffers even when he or she makes it to work. Eventually, the user’s coworkers and employer may become frustrated and the user will lose his or her job. With no income, and with the poor job prospects that come with a  spotty employment record, the user will have a hard time finding a new source of income.
  • Expenses increase because drugs and alcohol cost a lot of money. A 2014 report prepared for the White House indicates that drug addicts spent a total of about $100 billion annually on illegal drugs. The nature of the disease that is addiction will cause people to choose to spend their money on drugs or alcohol, even when it is money they cannot really afford to spend.
  • Debt piles up as users neglect their financial obligations in favor of spending money on drugs and alcohol. They may wrack up credit card debt as they pay for their daily household expenses with credit cards or take cash advances for drug money. They may be late or default on mortgage payments when they have no more money. They may take out personal loans from family and friends as they become truly desperate.

As a result, by the time addicts end up in treatment, they often find themselves without a job and surrounded by debt obligations that they cannot meet.

Financial Training After Addiction

Recovery is a time of transition and can be very stressful as the addict learns how to navigate life without the crutch of substance abuse. Financial distress is just another stressor during this difficult time, making concrete financial training an important part of recovery. At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we help addicts in recovery by teaching them how to achieve financial stability through responsible financial management. The skills we teach include:

  • How to remain gainfully employed
  • How to live comfortably within your budget
  • How to honor your financial obligations
  • How bank accounts work and how to manage your own
  • How credit cards work and how to manage your own
  • Why it is important to save money and how to do so
  • How your financial stability impacts your personal relationships
  • How your financial stability impacts your sobriety

These skills help the user in recovery so that financial stress does not lead to a relapse. Financial training is just one of many critical areas of support we offer at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. Contact us today if you or someone you love struggles with addiction.