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Addiction

How to Overcome Addiction-Related Codependency

Addiction is a chronic disorder characterized by the uncontrollable need for drugs or alcohol, and in most cases, the only way to overcome an addiction is with abstinence or a self-enforced restraint from indulging in any sort of drug or alcohol use. The same is true for recovering from codependency, also known as “relationship addiction,” a disorder in which an individual develops an excessive emotional or psychological dependence on a close friend or loved one, where one person relies on the other to meet nearly all of their emotional and self-esteem needs. With addiction-related codependency, the two harmful behaviors can reinforce one another.

What is Addiction-Related Codependency?

Addiction-related codependency is a destructive relationship pattern in which one person, the caretaker, puts another person, the addict’s, needs before his own, and this can affect the caretaker’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. In some cases, the codependency can extend even further, to the point where the caretaker begins making significant life decisions for the addict, which ultimately affects the addict’s ability to act independently. Unfortunately, when codependency and addiction occur together, which is common, recovery can become even more difficult for the addict, as the codependent relationship may begin to directly contribute to the addict maintaining the unhealthy addictive behavior.

Codependency was originally associated with the partners of alcoholics, and codependency and addiction are still very closely related. This is because addicts typically experience a host of problems stemming from their substance abuse, such as issues with money, problems at work, and difficulties in personal and professional relationships and an addict’s codependent partner learns to do everything possible to support the addict through these difficult times, lending money, covering up mistakes, offering support, and so on. Although the caretaker may pass this off as an effort to help the addict get sober, the codependency only reinforces the addictive behavior, and the difficult life circumstances are never actually resolved.

Learning How to Stop Enabling an Addict

All too often, the caretaker in addiction-related codependency, the friend or family member experiencing the most emotional pain, a caring individual who has unknowingly transformed legitimate concern about the addict into obsessive worry, an unhealthy emotion often accompanied by resentment, bitterness, and feelings of self-pity. The first step in overcoming the codependency that comes with addiction is learning about the destructive cycle of addiction and the role it plays in your relationship with your friend or loved one. It’s important that you, as the caretaker, learn how to stop enabling the addict in your codependent relationship, so that you can both make meaningful changes in your lives and begin the healing process.

One way to stop enabling an alcoholic, a method called “detachment,” involves the caretaker deliberately removing him or herself from the relationship and allowing the addict to learn from his or her mistakes. Detaching from a codependent relationship also means the caretaker becomes responsible for his or her own welfare and begins making important life decisions without the underlying motive of controlling the addict. For example, if a child asks why Mommy wasn’t at her dance recital, instead of lying and covering for her, Daddy can say, “I don’t know why she wasn’t here. You’ll have to ask her.” By refusing to take responsibility for the addict’s alcohol or drug abuse, the caretaker allows the addict to face the natural consequences of his or her behavior, however painful they may be.

Contact the Experts at BRS Rehab Today

Similar to a recovering alcoholic or drug addict, a recovering codependent requires a great deal of help and support and talking to a professional about how not to enable a drug addict is a good start. The substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services are trained to treat the myriad problems that typically accompany an addiction disorder, including the destructive cycle of a codependent relationship. If you and someone you love is involved in a codependent relationship, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to speak to a qualified addiction and codependency recovery expert.

Can Executives Suffer from Entitlements Addiction?

Most people think of alcoholism or drug abuse when they hear the word “addiction,” but the truth is, addiction can take on many different forms, including obsessive gambling, smoking, or eating, and there is even such thing as entitlements addiction, in which an individual becomes addicted to receiving something for nothing, frequently prioritizing their wants and needs over anyone else’s, because they believe it is their right to receive the benefit in question. If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or entitlements, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (888) 950-0803, to speak to an experienced addiction recovery counselor.

What is Entitlements Addiction?

Addiction is a condition that occurs when an individual becomes dependent on a particular substance or activity, and while “addiction” typically refers to alcoholism or drug abuse, it’s possible for those who receive subsidized housing, food stamps, cash payments, free or subsidized health insurance, or another welfare benefit, to become addicted to these government-issued entitlements, making it extremely difficult for them to voluntarily give them up and begin paying for such benefits with their hard-earned money. Unfortunately, because entitlements addiction isn’t typically considered a legitimate addiction, it makes it incredibly difficult for these addicts to overcome their feelings of entitlement and when their expectations are not met, discontent.

The idea behind entitlements addiction is that people who suffer from this type of addiction believe that society owes them some debt, and the payment of this debt comes in the form of entitlements. The very word “entitlement” automatically signals the belief that the recipient has a right to the benefits he or she receives, which adds a morality component that is not typically seen in other types of addiction. Compared to entitlement addicts, individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol don’t believe that society owes them the drugs or alcohol they abuse. Another thing that sets entitlements addiction apart from other types of addiction is that, while drug abuse or drunk driving can kill or injure other people and the addict himself, entitlements addiction can harm society as a whole.

Entitlements Addiction Among Business Executives

While abusing food stamps or another government benefit may be the most common type of entitlements addiction, people on welfare certainly aren’t the only entitlement addicts out there. Upper and middle-class Americans who receive a home mortgage deduction, or those who receive Medicare or Social Security benefits may also become addicted to these entitlements, believing that they deserve this aid by right. Even business executives, for whom certain entitlements are simply part of the job, can suffer from entitlements addiction if they become used to receiving certain benefits they believe they are owed. In many cases, this feeling of entitlement is based on unrealistic expectations, and when these expectations aren’t met, the entitlement addict may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their discontent.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help

Any addiction is hard to escape – many alcoholics or drug addicts have to go to rehab before they can quit drinking or use drugs – but entitlements addiction adds a whole other element to the abusive behavior, making it incredibly difficult for the addict to learn how to live without these benefits. In fact, some people consider entitlements addiction the most dangerous addiction of all, primarily because the majority of people fail to even see it as an addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, drug abuse, entitlements addiction, or another type of addiction, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (888) 950-0803 to discuss your possible treatment options.

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Peer Recovery Groups Promoting Sobriety in Executives

The road to long-term sobriety can be a difficult one, and peer recovery groups are a valuable tool for recovering addicts, providing them with the motivation and support they need, from individuals who have had similar experiences with addiction. Recent research, in fact, has validated the benefits of peer recovery groups in substance abuse treatment, indicating that peer support can be instrumental in helping alcoholics or drug addicts achieve and maintain lasting recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 735-2044, to get the help you need.

Peer Support in Addiction Recovery

In one study published in September 2016, researchers examined the increasing trend of peer support in addiction recovery, and found that the human connections recovering addicts develop in peer recovery programs are an important part of the recovery process, providing an extra boost of confidence to recovering addicts surrounded by individuals who accept their weaknesses, celebrate their strengths, and hold them accountable for their behaviors. “I’ve had a long-standing interest, both because I see the benefits that [peer recovery] offers to the recipients of the peer supportive treatment, but also the peers delivering the treatment,” says study author Kathleen Tracy, director of New York University School of Medicine’s community research and recovery program. “It’s a win-win situation.”

Peer Recovery Among Business Execs

Among business executives recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, peer recovery groups create a “circle of trust” of sorts, providing an opportunity for execs to support one another and acknowledge that, while their experiences may be similar, they are also different. And while therapy led by professionals, such as those on staff at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, is imperative in helping addicts develop the tools they need to stay sober post-treatment, peer recovery groups offer an added element that can help addicts identify with one another and create a sense of social support within the recovery community. Take advice from our own CEO and founder of BRS, Per Wickstrom, “We don’t tell you what you have to do to achieve peace and sobriety. We show you, so that you have the power to make changes for yourself.”

Benefits of Peer Recovery Groups

Learning to take responsibility for your actions is an important part of the recovery process, and peer recovery groups automatically require a certain amount of accountability on the part of the addict. Recovering addicts who have participated in peer recovery groups find these groups a vital source of support, one that can help them through the recovery process and prevent relapse. For business executives who face an incredible amount of pressure and job-related stress in the outside world, peer recovery groups provide a haven where they can admit their weaknesses and express their insecurities, without sacrificing their image or reputation in the workplace.

Unfortunately, there is limited research available that explores how social support groups function and what makes them so effective in addiction recovery, and according to Daniel Frings, a social psychologist based in London, a better understanding of the benefits of the support provided by peer recovery groups can lead to improved options for recovering addicts, including “understanding under what conditions people do well in groups, how group identity changes behavior in ways we are sometimes not aware of, and how the group dynamics affect change.”

Contact the Experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for Help

Business executives are typically seen as powerful, successful individuals, but for addicted execs, this image is simply a façade, one they keep up at work and at home to make everyone believe they have it all together when in reality, they are in trouble. Unfortunately, addiction is a growing problem among business executives in the United States, and too often, execs refuse to get the help they need, continuing to abuse drugs or drink excessively to try to keep up with the image they have so carefully crafted. If you know someone at work which is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 735-2044, to find out how you can help.

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High-Powered Executives: Why Your Drive for Success Makes You Prone to Addiction

The face of addiction in the United States is changing. No longer is drug abuse seen as an affliction of the uneducated, low-income population; it’s the upper-middle class and the high-powered business executives who are often prone to addiction and are checking into rehabs for substance abuse treatment.  The very traits that make them successful at work may be what’s landing them there. If you recognize one or more warning signs of addiction in a top executive at work, contact the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to find out how you can help.

Why Business Execs are Prone to Addiction

Recent research has shown that, contrary to popular belief, people who are more successful professionally, and who have higher IQs, are equally – if not more – likely to struggle with alcoholism or drug addiction than their less-educated, blue-collar counterparts. In fact, a 2013 study conducted by David Linden, Ph.D., a neuroscience professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, found that the personality traits that make for a successful business executive – drive, determination, novelty-seeking and risk-taking – are the very same traits that you might find in an addict. According to Linden, the irresistible pleasure that high-powered business executives derive from professional success, especially from risky business ventures, is borne of the same brain pathways that make others prone to addiction as well.

While it may be tempting to believe that addicts are addicts because they get above-average pleasure from drinking or using drugs, Linden says, “the genetic variations that predispose a person to being an addict seem to be mutations that dampen the dopamine system,” or the brain’s reward system. In other words, while a normal person gets a certain amount of pleasure from having one or two drinks, an individual with certain genetic variations that inhibit the reward pathway of the brain may need ten drinks to get to that same place. This same concept applies to high-powered executives who derive extreme pleasure from professional success. As Linden says, “My strong, strong suspicion, is that what makes some people more likely to rise to the top is the same thing that makes them more likely to be addicts.”

Stress and Trauma Leading to Addiction

Most of us would agree that the best leaders in the business world, those who are driven by their desire to succeed at work, are wired differently from the general population, and it’s these unique genetic traits that may make successful CEOs more susceptible to substance abuse. Behavioral Rehab Services’ own CEO and founder, Per Wickstrom, was an addict in his youth and has this to say about execs and addiction, “My hope is to see, within my lifetime, a nation where we do not have to worry about drug and alcohol addiction within our businesses.” Hand in hand with genetic predisposition though, there is also a common belief that high achievers in the business world are driven to succeed because of certain environmental factors, such as a significant trauma or stress that happened early in their lives. “The vast majority of high achievers didn’t have some sort of basic needs met as children, so they’re driven very, very hard to succeed,” says addiction researcher and author Constance Scharff, Ph.D. “But the pain that goes with that is also what they’re self-medicating for.” Job-related stress is also a common risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, and high-powered executives have no shortage of stress which in turn makes them more prone to addiction.

Contact the Addiction Recovery Counselors at BRS Today

The prevalence of substance abuse among business executives is difficult to accurately gauge, as many are high-functioning alcoholics or drug addicts who successfully conceal their substance abuse from their friends, coworkers and loved ones. Fortunately, there are rehab programs, like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, that are specifically geared towards treating business executives and getting them back to work, where they can succeed without the aid of illicit substances. Says Scharff, “We’ve never seen someone who hasn’t at least doubled in productivity after treatment.” If you or a loved one is facing an addiction to alcohol or drugs, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530, to discuss your treatment options with an addiction recovery expert.

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How Executives Can Prove Their Value to Companies After Rehab

The stigma about addiction makes it difficult for recovering executives to prove their value to companies after rehab. Fortunately, there are valuable lessons you would have learned in rehab take advantage of upon returning to work.

Addiction Among Business Executives

Substance abuse is a growing issue in the United States; according to the NIDA.  In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 and older (9.4 percent of the population) had used an illicit drug in the past month, an increase of 8.3 percent in 2002. Also, in the US, substance abuse and addiction affect not the uneducated, low-income population, but high-powered, high-earning business executives.  These are men who are trusted with multimillion-dollar contracts and are expected to set the standard for their subordinates.  By abusing drugs or alcohol, and allowing your addiction to interfere with your performance at work, you have let your colleagues down.  Thus, it can be incredibly difficult for a business executive returning to work after rehab to prove his value to the company.

Executive rehab centers like BRS have substance abuse programs designed to meet the unique recovery needs of business executives.  Taken from BRS’ own CEO and founder, Per Wickstrom, a previous addict, who has said, “Having suffered from drug and alcohol addiction myself once, and being a successful business owner and entrepreneur, I have a lot of experience with work and with addiction, and with the prospect of hiring somebody who is addicted to drugs and alcohol or finding out that somebody who I hired is addicted to drugs and alcohol.” After treatment, these individuals may face the task of proving their worth at their old job. Fortunately, one of the most valuable lessons addicted executives learn in rehab is the importance of taking responsibility for themselves and their actions. During rehab, addicted business executives, like their fellow addicts, will be responsible for themselves.  But,  substance abuse counselors will be by their side every step of the way.  However, it’s up to them to complete the program and actually want to recover. After treatment, recovering executives must also take responsibility for their past behavior at work.  Acknowledging the fact that they missed important deadlines, let their colleagues down, and slowed down everyone’s progress is a good start.  These are all excellent ways for executives to prove their value to companies after rehab.

Executives Proving Their Value to Companies After Rehab

Transitioning from the safety and security of rehab to your regular schedule at work may be a slow process.  It can be fraught with triggers that threaten to challenge your sobriety.  But, the longer you practice self-restraint and avoid falling back into old habits,  it becomes easier to establish a routine.  Focusing on the job duties at hand instead of wondering where your next fix will come from is an advantage.

Aftercare services at Best Drug Rehabilitation are designed to help recovering addicts remain sober post-treatment.  These aftercare services are composed of outpatient counseling and local support groups.

Recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction is a lifelong process.  But, there is no reason why an executive can’t return to his old job and prove his value to his company after rehab. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today by calling (877) 926-5530.

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Is Job Boredom Putting Recovering Executives at Risk?

There is a popular saying: “idle hands are the devil’s playthings.”  This adage holds true for recovering executives who are at risk for relapse due to job boredom. Recovery is an ongoing process, and many recovering addicts will relapse, or fall back into old habits. Bored business executives are overly stressed, or don’t feel actively engaged in their job. However, there is no reason for execs to relapse simply because they are bored at work. If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or you fear boredom at work could lead to relapse, contact the experienced substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to get the help you need.

Job Boredom and Risk of Relapse for Recovering Executives

Boredom is a natural psychological or emotional state.  People are bored because they don’t have anything in particular to do. Or, he or she gets bored when they aren’t interested in their surroundings. In and of itself, boredom isn’t anything to be ashamed of or feel guilty about – it can occur at home, at work, or even while spending time with family or friends – but when boredom results in feelings of anger, hostility, recklessness or listlessness, it can have negative consequences. Boredom is the primary reason many people experiment with drugs or alcohol in the first place.  This experimentation can eventually lead to long-term use.  Recovering executives are at risk for relapse if they get bored at work.

In simple terms, job boredom makes us feel like doing something – anything – other than what we are currently doing.  The choices often include drinking or using drugs.  The impulse is significantly heightened in executives who are recovering from addiction, especially if substance abuse is common in their workplace environment. Many executives work in fields where they are expected to schmooze clients, typically with expensive dinners out or late-night cocktails.  Or, they are required to spend each day in a workplace where drinking or using drugs is socially acceptable or encouraged. Recovering executives who don’t feel challenged or fulfilled by their work often experience chronic boredom,  that results in depression or anxiety.  This depression or anxiety can increase the likelihood of them taking part in harmful activities.

Ways to Avoid Boredom at Work

For those of us who have experienced boredom before, it’s easy to think of it as something unavoidable that just “happens,” without warning, but that’s not entirely true. Boredom is something that you can control, with the right mindset and the right set of tools. The following are some simple steps you can take to prevent boredom from leading you down the path to addiction:

  • Take up a new hobby.
  • Start an exercise routine.
  • Check local newspapers and social media for community events you can participate in.
  • Get outside and talk to your neighbors on the weekends.
  • Ask for more challenging assignments at work.
  • Try yoga or meditation.
  • Go for a walk, bike ride, or hike.
  • Avoid colleagues at work who drink or use drugs.
  • Learn something new.
  • Fill holes in your schedule with activities.

The trick to avoiding the negative consequences of boredom is to make the best use of your time.  Also, decide what it is you really want to be doing. Rather than sitting in front of the TV all day on a beautiful weekend, go for a walk or a bike ride and get some fresh air.  Or, join the local gym and develop a workout routine that will keep your mind on things other than drinking or using drugs. Recovering executives can consider switching fields, or ask your boss or superior how you can make your job more challenging. If you still feel like you may begin abusing drugs or alcohol due to job boredom, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to find out how you can avoid a relapse.

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Addiction Among Women Executives

Addiction among women executives is finally getting some attention.  Research has shown us that business executives are at risk for addiction.  Historically, this research has focused primarily on men, without acknowledging the fact that women executives are also prone to substance abuse. And while the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that men are more likely than females to become addicts, women face unique challenges when it comes to substance abuse. If you know someone at work who is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact the addiction professionals at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at 1(888) 420-4775.

Facts About Addiction Among Women Executives

Many of us think of addicts as uneducated, underprivileged individuals.  However, substance abuse plagues successful business executives more than we realize.  A recent report by the SAMHSA shows that, of the 19.6 million adults of working age with a substance misuse disorder, 72% are employed, compared to 11% who are seeking work, and 17% who are not in the labor market. In fact, highly educated, upper-income Americans are more likely than other Americans to say they drink alcohol.  This is primarily because they take part in activities that involve drinking or drug use.  Also, they have the disposable income to afford such an expensive habit.

How Addiction Affects Women

There are other distinctions to make when it comes to understanding the risk factors for substance abuse.  Besides education, salary, and employment status. Women tend to progress more quickly from using an addictive substance to dependence.  Dependency is a stage of drug addiction characterized by at least three of the following symptoms or behaviors:

  • a greater tolerance for the substance
  • an ongoing desire to quit using
  • withdrawal symptoms
  • a loss of control over usage
  • continuing use in spite of negative consequences
  • preoccupation with the substance
  • less focus on other meaningful commitments or activities

Women also experience adverse social or medical consequences (liver damage or brain atrophy) more quickly than men.  They are also more susceptible to relapse and typically find it harder to quit using addictive substances.

Over the past two decades, a growing body of research has examined the issue of substance abuse among women, and executive rehab facilities like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services have become more focused on helping women professionals overcome their addiction disorders, with specialized treatment programs geared towards their unique situations. Women, for example, are more likely than men to receive prescriptions for opioids and are also more liable to visit emergency rooms for opioid abuse. And while men and women are equally likely to use and abuse cocaine and other stimulants, women report using cocaine for the first time at a younger age than men. Women also more quickly develop a dependence on stimulants and are more prone to relapse after seeking treatment for an addiction disorder, as they have been shown to experience more intense cravings than men when exposed to triggers that remind them of past drug use.

Contact the Experts at BRS Rehab Today

The differences between men and women substance abusers can affect treatment outcomes, but, with treatment programs designed to meet the unique recovery needs of individual clients, extensive rehab facilities like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can help women executives achieve lasting recovery. If you are suffering from substance abuse as a business executive, the experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can help. Contact the executive rehab facility today at 1(888) 420-4775, to speak with an experienced drug abuse counselor about your treatment options.

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Companies Can Prevent Executives from Developing Addictions

Are there some things companies can do to prevent executives from developing addictions?  In this day and age, most businesses have protections in place for potential crises.  Some of these protections include data breaches or product failures.  Many have developed employment assistance programs to help employees deal with personal problems, such as depression or addictions. Addiction intervention and treatment at a rehab facility are possible solutions to a business executive’s alcoholism or drug abuse, but preventing the executive from developing the substance abuse problem in the first place can save a lot of time and money. If you believe a co-worker is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss the available treatment options.

How to Prevent Executives from Developing Addictions

There has been lots of research on the prevalence of alcoholism and drug addiction among business executives who work long hours and dedicate a significant portion of their lives to work. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 20% of alcoholics are high-functioning and well-educated.  Many hold high-level positions in their companies, with the power to make multimillion-dollar decisions. They also typically have the responsibility of courting potential clients and attending dinners, conferences, and out-of-town meetings, during which they are more likely to indulge in alcohol and illicit drugs. Though we tend to associate alcoholism with uneducated, low-income individuals, a 2015 Gallup poll showed that about 78% of Americans with an annual household income of $75,000 or more said they drink alcohol, compared to only about half of lower-income Americans.

Common Causes of Addictions Among Business Executives

It may be surprising to some that business executives are prone to addiction when we tend to see them as successful, omnipotent individuals, but it’s not surprising when you consider the immense amount of pressure executives face on a daily basis. In addition to working long hours, execs typically have less free time to relieve stress in a healthy way, such as exercising or spending time with loved ones and have the economic resources to afford an expensive alcohol or drug habit. Work-related stress is an essential component of alcoholism and drug addiction among high-powered executives, and in one study, of all the study participants who sought treatment for substance abuse, depression, and other mental health issues, 39% named work-related stress as a contributing factor. So, we know that business executives are prone to addiction, but what steps can companies take to prevent executive team members from developing substance abuse disorders?

  • Encourage a culture of transparency in the workplace.
  • Reduce the number of hours executives are expected to work.
  • Ensure that team members share the workload equally.
  • Offer assistance programs for executives at risk for addiction.
  • Encourage positive workplace relations.
  • Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of substance abuse.

Contact the Addiction Recovery Experts at BRS

Research shows that highly educated, high-earning executives are at a greater risk for drug addiction, which should mean improved addiction prevention programs for business executives at work, and a high rate of addicted executives seeking treatment at a professional rehab facility. Unfortunately, because of the negative stigma associated with addiction, and the importance business executives put on their professional image and reputation, it isn’t easy for execs to admit that they need treatment for a substance abuse disorder. You can help prevent executives from developing addictions.  If you know someone at work who is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can help. Contact our luxury rehab facility today to learn how you can help.

Employees: How to Stop Enabling Addiction in Your Company Executives

Are employees guilty of enabling addiction in their superiors?  Addiction is a problem that affects not only the addict himself, but the people around him as well, and for business executives abusing drugs or alcohol in the workplace, their substance abuse is a company-wide problem. According to The New York Times, “Addiction costs corporate America billions of dollars a year in lost productivity, absenteeism and higher health care expenses. It also derails many once-promising careers.” For the business executive who falls victim to substance abuse and addiction, help is available, and for the employees of addicted execs, choosing to speak up rather than ignoring the problem is a step in the right direction.

Enabling Addiction in the Workplace

Many companies these days are willing to offer assistance to those facing an addiction problem, with special programs in place for executives who abuse drugs or alcohol. However, just because these programs are available doesn’t mean an executive will take advantage of them. “Telling something so personal would have lessened my authority as a leader,” a 65-year-old executive of a computer company in Philadelphia told The New York Times after returning from 28 days of treatment for alcoholism. He arranged for the treatment himself, saying, “As a manager, you have to create some distance between you and your employees.”

How, then, are employees expected to handle a situation in which a business executive, one of their superiors, is obviously struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol? Ignoring the problem only enables the addict, and without treatment, substance abuse among executives can lead to more serious problems down the road, like job loss, adverse health consequences or even death. In fact, research shows that drug users are nearly four times as likely to be involved in workplace accident as sober workers, and are five times as likely to file a workers’ compensation claim.

How to Approach an Addicted Executive at Work

It’s no wonder that business executives are unwilling to advertise their addiction problem to their employees and superiors, even when they finally decide to seek treatment. That same 65-year-old business executive in Philadelphia made up an excuse for his extended absence, and even told his boss that “I was overstressed and my doctor asked me to rest for a month.” Still, for employees who recognize an addiction problem in a coworker or superior, it can be difficult to know when to step in and say something, and this can be part of enabling addiction. Experts recommend the following steps for approaching someone in the workplace with an alcohol or drug problem:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction
  • Explain the adverse consequences of substance abuse
  • Intervene at an early stage, before the problem progresses
  • Express concern and adopt a flexible, caring approach
  • Make the individual aware of the effects of his substance abuse
  • Offer professional help and information
  • Do not take responsibility on yourself to fix the problem

The negative stigma associated with addiction, especially among powerful business executives who rely on their reputation to climb the corporate ladder, keeps many people from seeking the treatment they need, even if it could save their life. Unfortunately, abuse of some drugs has been growing in the workplace, and according to Quest Diagnostics, which provides drug tests in the workplace, the percentage of American workers who tested positive for illicit drugs rose from 4.3% in 2013 to 4.7% in 2014, with 2013 being the first year in a decade to show an increase.

Seeking Help for a Substance Abuse Problem

Drug use in the workplace is not a new problem. In the 80’s, substance abuse among work professionals was prevalent, and while the problem subsided for several decades, employers have seen it edging back up again in recent years. Fortunately, there are rehab centers all over the country that specialize in treating substance abuse problems among work professionals, and, while pursuing treatment for alcoholism or drug abuse will undoubtedly cause some problems in the beginning, as the executive recovers from his addiction problem, so too will his career. Contact the substance abuse professionals at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today if you believe a coworker is enabling addiction or is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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Addiction Rehab Transforming Executives into Humble Leaders

Across the US, addiction rehab transforming executives into humble leaders is a noteworthy and regular occurrence.  There is no doubt that seeking addiction rehab for a substance abuse problem is a humbling experience, especially for business executives who thrive on power and who rely on their reputation to achieve success in a highly-competitive field. But what many executives don’t realize is that bringing the humility they learn in rehab to their interactions at work can actually benefit them professionally, helping them learn to let go of their need for power, opening their minds to others’ opinions, and improving the overall productivity of their employees. For more information about addiction treatment for business executives, contact the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

Benefits of Executive Addiction Rehab Facilities

As unlikely as it seems for a highly educated, high-earning business executive to fall victim to addiction, a problem we most often associate with low-income, uneducated and unemployed individuals, substance abuse among work professionals is by no means a rarity, nor is the treatment program geared specifically to an addicted executive’s needs. “Rehabs targeting this demographic have started popping up seemingly every second,” says Anna David, Editor-in-Chief at RehabReviews.com. “Many of these rehab owners are addicts who got sober, became quite successful as a result, and know exactly how to treat these people because they are these people.”

At all-inclusive, executive rehab centers like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services (BRS), work professionals have access to personalized treatment plans that cater to their individual recovery needs, allowing them to analyze the underlying causes of their own substance abuse problem and address the various issues that brought them there. In this way, rehab transforming executives into leaders is making a noticeable difference.  And the result is a business executive with a whole new perspective on what it means to be a leader. “I’ve seen amazing transformations,” says David, “people who come into rehab with the most entitled, obnoxious personalities imaginable, who end up having spiritual awakenings that cause them to check out as different people.”

Executives Learning Humility in Rehab

Checking into a rehab program for alcoholism or drug abuse is a humbling experience for anyone, especially for the business executive whose barriers to treatments are often the very signs of their success. In many cases, executives can’t be fired, and they make enough money to not have to worry about a loved one “cutting them off,” which means there is little threat to their professional life if they refuse treatment. For most executives, though, it’s the fear of destroying their image that’s holding them back. “CEOs and senior executives are all concerned about perception, and rightly so,” says Kevin Gilliland, a clinical psychologist at a rehab facility in Texas. “How well would you sleep if you knew your hedge fund manager watching over your hard-earned money and retirement has an alcohol addiction?”

Still, acknowledging an addiction and seeking professional treatment is always better than ignoring it. With proven treatment services like individual and group therapy, clients at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, business executives included, become comfortable expressing their feelings and sharing their problems, and by recognizing problems in others, it becomes easier for addicted executives to acknowledge their own issues. It’s this self-reflection that transforms addicted executives into humble leaders, enhancing their perspective and allowing them to learn from past mistakes, in order to improve their chances of success in the future.

Becoming Better Leaders in the Workplace

Addiction rehab transforms executives into humble leaders.  Powerful business executives may have a hard time believing it, but humility is a valuable trait to exhibit as a leader. The ability to admit to your mistakes, be open to outside input, and acknowledge the successes of others doesn’t make you weak, it makes you appear humble, and that is an important key to success. In fact, according to research published in the January 2014 issue of the Administrative Science Quarterly, which examined the ways in which humility can make CEOs and other business executives better leaders, “managers who exhibit traits of humility – such as seeking feedback and focusing on the needs of others – resulted in better employee engagement and job performance.”

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Guide to Addiction Recovery for Work Professionals

Substance abuse has become a serious concern in the United States, and many people can benefit from a guide to addiction recovery.  Research shows that approximately 10% of the U.S. population suffers from some substance abuse disorder. And while many of us imagine addicts to be low-income individuals with few resources and opportunities, that same statistic applies to medical and healthcare professionals. In fact, research shows that highly educated, high-income Americans with a disposable income and high levels of work-related stress are more likely to say they drink alcohol than other Americans. If you are facing a serious addiction problem, and you need the help of a professional rehab facility, contact the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

Guide to Addiction Recovery for Work Professionals

In a 2015 Gallup poll measuring the rates of alcohol consumption among educated, upper-income Americans, it was discovered that, while eight in 10 adults in this socioeconomic group say they drink alcohol, only about half of lower-income Americans and those with a high school diploma or less say they drink. This finding is in direct opposition to the face we typically put on addiction, of the uneducated, unemployed individual looking for his next fix. In fact, according to the Gallup poll, professionals earning more than $75,000 per year drink more alcohol than any other economic group, likely as a means of coping with their high-pressure environment.  These individuals could benefit from the advice contained in a guide to addiction recovery.

Medical professionals, business executives, and other high-earning individuals face unique challenges on the job, working long hours, coping with overwhelming stress, and making difficult decisions that can have a significant impact on the lives of patients, clients, co-workers, and others. Some professionals may turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of decompressing after a long work day, staying awake for long shifts, improving their focus and concentration at work, or coping with the emotional stress that comes with their profession. And since they have the income to support a drug or alcohol habit, or in the case of a medical professional, easy access to prescription medications, it’s common for these individuals to fall into addiction.

Seeking Addiction Treatment for Work Professionals

According to Michel A. Sucher, MD, former president of the Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine, “About 10 to 12 percent of the general population becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs at some point in their lives. For dentists and physicians, the prevalence is probably 12 to 19 percent.” As a study from the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association finds, the prevalence of addiction among work professionals is due in large part to their easy access to medications, an extensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals, and irregular work hours, among other contributing factors.

Ironically, medical professionals with the easiest access to addictive substances are often the ones who encounter additional challenges when pursuing treatment for a substance abuse disorder. Because it is their job to help others, medical professionals often expect some punishment or degree of prosecution when their behavior is discovered, as if they are held to a higher standard and should know better than to fall victim to addiction. As a result, many professionals struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol feel ashamed and embarrassed and have a difficult time admitting that they have a problem or seeking professional help.

Contact a Knowledgeable Addiction Recovery Counselor Today

The truth is, addiction affects people of all professions, income levels and walks of life, whether they are a doctor, a dentist, a teacher or are unemployed. Fortunately, addiction disorders among professionals, both within and outside of the medical field, is a well-documented subject, and there are professional rehab facilities with programs designed specifically for these groups of clients. If you are a work professional, and you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, don’t hesitate to get the help you need. Contact the substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services if you’d like more information about a guide to addiction recovery, or if you need treatment for your addiction problems.

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Rehab Redefining Leadership and Executive Addicts

Rehab programs are redefining how leadership and executive addicts blend.  Recovering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is not a singular event; it’s an ongoing process, and it’s a process that business executives may find have a significant impact on their approach to leadership in the workplace post-treatment. There are valuable lessons, skills and strategies recovering addicts learn in rehab that they can apply to their professional lives, in handling both the stress of a high-pressure work environment and the sometimes complex needs of clients and coworkers. If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for a substance abuse disorder, contact the rehab professionals at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss your treatment options.

Leadership and Executive Addicts:  A Dilemma

Residential rehab programs are designed to help recovering addicts learn the skills and tools they need to maintain lasting recovery outside of rehab, and many of the skills addicts learn in rehab can also be applied to their lives post-treatment, especially in the stressful work environment business executives face on a daily basis. For example, in order to resist the temptation to abuse drugs or alcohol, recovering addicts, after rehab, must find healthier ways to address the depression, anxiety, stress and other emotional issues that often accompany a substance abuse disorder. In doing so, business executives can also learn new strategies for dealing with problems in their professional lives, rather than turning to drugs or alcohol.

In rehab, one of the first things a recovering addict does is seek out a sponsor, someone who can show them the ropes and offer support during difficult times, much like a business executive might seek out a mentor to serve a similar role. Relying on a sponsor for support, advice, and guidance in rehab can also teach business executives the value of looking to peers for mutual support and guidance in a professional capacity. Business executives learn in rehab the value of finding someone they can look up to and aspire to be, learning how they got where they are, and turning to them for help in times of need.

Learn to Respect the Process

Recovery from substance abuse is an ongoing process, and it’s often riddled with challenges and even periods of relapse, in which the recovering addict falls back into his old habits and routines. In recovery, these trials are recognized as part of the process, and addicts are welcomed back into the recovery community time and time again, no matter how long it takes them to find a sustainable path to sobriety. The lesson here is that there are rarely simple, singular solutions to complex problems, neither in life nor in the workplace, and recognizing this fact is what will make the biggest difference for executive addicts.

Through the nurturing and supportive environment of rehab facilities like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services and program staples like group therapy and one-on-one counseling, business executives can learn the value of listening to others, welcoming their input and respecting their unique perspectives. In rehab, empathy, patience, and acceptance are key, and the same is true in the workplace, for business executives in particular, as they rely on the cooperation of a large number of employees to keep the company running smoothly. To accept the key principles learned in rehab and allow them to redefine what leadership means to them is to truly walk the path to lasting recovery.

Contact the Addiction Experts at BRS Today

One of the final ways in which rehab has redefined leadership and executive addicts is by teaching execs to admit their weaknesses, recognize their failures and move forward, learning and growing from the experience, rather than letting it hold them back. It’s okay to make mistakes; as they say, no one is perfect, and by being open about the challenges they are facing at work, business executives can create a more transparent and productive work environment for everyone. If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and you think residential treatment is the answer, consult the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

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5 Signs Your Job is Triggering Your Addiction

Do you wonder if your job is triggering your addiction?  Addiction is a complicated issue to understand and overcome, and individuals who begin drinking heavily or abusing drugs may find that it’s job-related stress or another issue at work that is triggering their addiction. The same may be true for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts who throw themselves into their work in an effort to keep their cravings at bay after treatment. If you have a stressful job and you find yourself frequently turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with the pressures you face in the workplace, it’s possible your job may be triggering your addiction. Contact the substance abuse professionals at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss your treatment options.

Work-Related Stress and Addiction

Work-related stress is known as one of the most common triggers for addiction, and because stress can affect both the body and mind, individuals facing immense amounts of pressure at work may find it difficult to resist the temptation to drink or do drugs. In fact, the stress they face at work may, for some people, be the primary trigger for their substance abuse. This is often the case for business executives who, on a daily basis, face the stress of working long hours, courting clients, and handling multimillion-dollar business deals, and begin abusing alcohol or drugs as a means of coping with this stress.  The possibility that your job is triggering your addiction is not something to take lightly.

When it comes to substance abuse and addiction, a “trigger” is any form of stimuli that initiates the desire to engage in addictive behavior, such as drinking or drug-taking, one of the most common triggers being work-related stress. Even after completing treatment, recovering addicts must still be cognizant of triggers that may cause them to relapse, or fall back into old habits and patterns, and if work-related stress was an issue before treatment, it may still be an issue after. The following are five warning signs that your job may be triggering your addiction:

  1. You begin drinking to cope with the stress you face at work
  2. You begin abusing drugs to improve your concentration or productivity at work
  3. You more and more frequently join your coworkers in late-night binges
  4. You begin abusing drugs to stay alert while working long hours
  5. You regularly feel the need to drink or use drugs when you are at work

Link Between Work and Addiction

A great deal of research has been done to better understand the potential link between job status and addiction, and, according to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, of the 19.6 million adults of working age struggling with a substance abuse disorder, 72% are employed, compared to 11% who are seeking work, and 17% who are not in the labor market. Although there are many factors that can trigger a substance abuse disorder, stress is a known contributor to heavy drinking and drug-taking, so it makes sense that work-related stress would be a common trigger for addiction.

Contact the Substance Abuse Counselors at BRS

Addiction is different for everyone, and while some people may have no problem returning to work after completing treatment at a residential rehab facility, it may be necessary for recovering addicts whose addiction was triggered by work-related stress to find new employment, in order to prevent a relapse. If you believe your job is triggering your addiction, or if you find yourself drinking heavily or abusing drugs to cope with stress at work, the recovery professionals at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can help. Contact the rehab facility today to discuss your treatment options.

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Why Addiction Strikes Outstanding Leaders in the Professional World

Few people give much thought to the fact that addiction strikes outstanding leaders in the professional world.  As much as we, as a society, want to pretend that addiction only affects the poorly-educated, poverty-stricken members of the U.S. population, the fact is that substance abuse is an issue that can strike anyone, even successful, high-powered business executives. According to statistics, as much as 10% of the leadership ranks struggles with alcoholism or drug dependency, and in the corporate world, addiction is often poorly managed, either because it’s well-hidden or because substance abuse is often considered a byproduct of, or even a reward for, competing successfully in a high-pressure work environment. Contact the professional substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today if you believe a loved one is facing a substance abuse problem.

Addiction Strikes Outstanding Leaders Despite Their Affluence

It may seem to the addict like his alcoholism or drug abuse is not a big deal when the truth is that the cost of substance abuse is widespread and multifaceted. For the individual, it can take a toll on his physical and psychological health, resulting in serious health issues like cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack, liver failure, seizures, or brain damage. In some cases, alcoholism or drug addiction may even lead to death. For the company, a business executive’s addiction problem can cost millions in lost productivity, reduced effectiveness and poor decision-making, among other dangerous errors in judgment.

Recognizing and managing the drug dependency of a business leader is no easy task. In many cases, business executives have no direct supervision at work, they typically have flexible work schedules, and they are not required to account for the time they spend in or out of the office. They also tend to be natural risk-takers and problem-solvers, have outstanding personal social and management skills, and are well-versed in the art of maintaining appearances for the sake of their professional success. At the same time, employees who answer to the business executive are unlikely to address their superior’s substance abuse disorder, for fear of negative repercussions in their professional lives.  All in all, addiction strikes outstanding leaders in the professional world more often than the average person realizes.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Dependency

When you imagine a corporate leader, you picture a powerful, intelligent individual with a competitive streak, good decision-making skills, and the ability to work under pressure. Also, because corporate leadership is, to this day, a largely male subculture, the notion of excess tends to accompany a business executive’s reputation, as depicted in films like “The Wolf of Wall Street.” In many cases, corporate leaders are expected to wine and dine prospective clients in an attempt to win their business, taking them out for cocktails or to the VIP lounge to use cocaine, which, for many, is where a substance abuse problem begins.

For an individual attempting to maintain his reputation as a strong and reliable business leader, it can be extremely difficult to admit to having a substance abuse problem, which may seem like a weakness to some. Unfortunately, for most addicted executives, it’s only a matter of time before the alcoholism or drug dependency comes to light, at which point their reputation is at risk. By accepting the fact that they have no control over their alcohol or drug use, and admitting that they need help, a business executive can take great strides towards lasting recovery. And rather than looking down on a corporate leader with a drug or alcohol problem, employees are more likely to have a newfound respect for a boss who admits that he has a problem and seeks professional help.

Get the Help You Need from BRS Rehab

In today’s world, where alcoholism and drug dependency in the workplace is a common problem, corporate heads are finally beginning to recognize the dangers of addiction among business executives, and many are even offering specialized programs designed to help addicted employees get the help they need.  Clearly, addiction strikes outstanding leaders as easily as it does anyone else.  If you are facing an addiction problem that affects your ability to adequately perform your work duties or manage your subordinates at the office, you may benefit from a personalized substance abuse program designed to meet your individual recovery needs. Consult the addiction experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to discuss your treatment options.

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Addiction and the Body: What Happens and How to Recover

It is essential to long-term recovery to understand the relationship between addiction and the body.  Proper nutrition is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, and it’s also a critical part of a successful recovery program, used by professional rehab facilities that truly understand the importance of treating addiction as a whole — body, mind, and spirit. Too often, recovering addicts go through treatment without getting a full understanding of how their body affects and is affected by their substance abuse, end up suffering a relapse, and land right back where they started.

We will discuss the different changes your body may have seen over the course of your past using habits, and how to help it heal now that you’re sober. Although it probably feels tempting to indulge a bit now that you’ve given up your drug of choice, the nutrient deficiencies often caused by addiction can contribute to a relapse. The healthiest, smartest choice you can make in your sobriety is to fully embrace a new path — including a more nutritious diet and regular exercise.

We’ll get you started here, whether you’ve been sober for a week, month, or even for years, and are looking to make healthy life changes. If you’re still looking to find a treatment center that can help you tackle these challenges as a part of your recovery, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services offers a healthful nutrition program as a supplement to the rehab’s traditional treatment plans, providing clients with an opportunity to learn the diet and lifestyle changes they can make to improve their health and well-being.

The Relationship Between Addiction and the Body

Decades of research has shown that substance abuse and addiction have an adverse impact on a person’s physical and mental health, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reports that abusing drugs can actually alter gene expression and brain circuitry, which can, in turn, affect human behavior. “Once addiction develops, these brain changes interfere with an individual’s ability to make voluntary decisions, leading to compulsive drug craving, seeking and use,” says the NIH. In addition to causing significant behavioral changes, addiction can also have harmful effects on a person’s physical health, possibly increasing the risk of such medical conditions as stroke, cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. And while these effects typically occur when drugs are used at high doses or for an extended period of time, some may take place after just one use.

The effects of substance abuse on the body vary and ultimately depend on the drug. Depressants like marijuana, for example, can increase a user’s appetite and cause them to consume more calories than they need. This can be especially harmful if the food someone is eating is unhealthy and fattening. Prolonged marijuana use can leave a person overweight and nutrient-deficient.

Stimulants, on the other hand, may decrease a person’s appetite, leading to a lack of nutrients. The calories a regular stimulant user does consume are often sporadic, making even the healthy ones limited in their ability to provide benefits. Stimulants also tend to decrease sleep, and the combination of no rest and no nourishment can be incredibly taxing on your body.

Alcohol can have a somewhat complicated effect on your hunger and eating habits. For some people, it decreases overall appetite, and for others, it increases cravings for food that’s high in fat. In general, those who drink excessively tend to have trouble properly assessing their appetite and end up falling into unhealthy eating habits.

Whatever a person’s history with substances, a body that’s now entering addiction recovery is already going through a major, sudden change. Indeed, the act of getting sober is the healthy choice, but the detoxification process can be rough on the body. Withdrawal may bring painful, sometimes overwhelming symptoms. Even if you don’t display physical symptoms, your body is still adapting to its new routine — even regular meals and more consistent hydration is a change. It’s important to make the most of your recovery by implementing healthy, robust ingredients into every meal.

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Actively making healthier choices about what you eat can not only ease your body’s recovery physically, but it can even increase your happiness. Although a part of you may know that you’re making the healthy choice, choosing sobriety is an emotional decision. You must confront issues about what led to your substance abuse and answer personal questions about how you can get on the right track. It’s an important, worthwhile endeavor, but your body is going to need its strength. And any boost you can give yourself from within, even if it’s just feeling more physically satisfied at the end of the day, can go a long way into reasserting that you’re making the right decision.

ADDICTION AND MALNUTRITION

For people who abuse drugs, the “compulsive drug craving, seeking and use” that goes along with addiction often means their own physical and mental health is neglected, as they spend the majority of their time and energy focused on obtaining and using the drugs that give them the high they are seeking. As a result, malnutrition is a serious concern for drug abusers, and poor nutritional health only compounds the adverse effects of addiction, which can include issues like fatigue, low energy levels, organ damage, poor immune health, and muscle and bone pain.

Among abusers of opiate drugs, the most common health problems include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, which can cause nutritional deficits and a dangerous electrolyte imbalance, while alcohol abusers typically experience vitamin B deficiencies, possibly leading to anemia and neurological issues. People who abuse stimulant drugs, like cocaine, often experience reduced appetite and high energy levels, which can keep them from eating or sleeping for long periods of time. This can lead to dehydration and malnutrition, both of which can cause more serious health problems down the line.

HEALING YOUR BODY IN RECOVERY

There are a few things to keep in mind about how to best care for your body now that you’re on the sober track. First, commit to regular meal times and stick to them. Carve the time out of your schedule along with your other priorities, and treat them as so. Frame it as something you’re looking forward to, especially if your appetite is still inconsistent. Focus on the positives: if you love having grapefruit for breakfast, maybe remembering how content you feel in the mornings can help you look forward to dinner.

Addiction can also cause a unique kind of false association that’s important to consider in recovery. It’s common for addicts to prioritize their drug of choice over a meal at the height of their use. By the time they find sobriety, they’ve forgotten what regular hunger feels like and now associate it with satisfying their addiction. It can make hunger pangs feel like intense cravings, which is riskier with time and could ultimately trigger a relapse. It’s crucial to make sure you eat balanced, consistent meals to help retrain your body what hunger really means and what actually satisfies it. That isn’t to say you’re at risk for relapse if you’re hungry, but only that when your body feels happy and satisfied, you’re less likely to focus on your addicted past.

When it comes to making your meals, be sure you’re getting plenty of lean proteins, healthy carbohydrates, and fiber. Your body might be struggling to tell you exactly what it needs, so have some granola in the morning even if you’re not particularly hungry. You’ll ultimately feel better, and if your appetite does come back, it will be in-check by lunchtime.

You should also get some exercise every day. It can be a 30-minute walk around the block or a mile run on the treadmill — whatever activity you enjoy and will look forward to each day. You might even consider getting involved in a local rec league or starting an evening game of pickup basketball after work.

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Give yourself a bedtime and make sure you’re getting adequate sleep. If you’re having trouble finding enough rest, consider trying meditation or breathing exercises. Remember, your body is going to take some time to adjust. The best thing you can do is to try to keep yourself as calm and relaxed as possible at bedtime, especially if you don’t fall asleep right away.

If you’re only just beginning your recovery journey and want your treatment to reinforce a healthier lifestyle, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services offers clients a comprehensive nutrition program that includes the following services:

  • Well-rounded physical fitness routines
  • A customized nutritional supplement regimen
  • Dietary planning with a private dietitian
  • Healthy meals made by a private chef
  • Optimized sleep and daytime scheduling

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED ADDICTION SPECIALIST TODAY

Any addiction specialist with experience treating recovering addicts knows that addressing all aspects of a substance abuse disorder is the key to successful recovery. As such, Behavioral Rehabilitation Services offers clients a well-rounded nutrition program that emphasizes the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, provides vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional supplements, teaches clients how to understand what their bodies are telling them when a craving strikes and encourages clients to establish a consistent mealtime and sleep schedule. Good nutrition is a critical component of any addiction recovery program, and the professional rehab counselors at BRS work closely with clients to develop a nutrition program that works for them to overcome the effects of addiction and the body.

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How Executives in Recovery Can Engage Communities in Fighting Addiction

Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual, it also has an impact on the addict’s friends, loved ones, coworkers, and even the community as a whole, and there are ways an addicted business executive can engage the community in fighting addiction and pursuing the path to recovery. In 2014, the White House introduced a National Drug Control Strategy, which “builds on the foundation laid down by the Administration’s previous four Strategies and serves as the nation’s blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences.” As a whole, the White House report examined strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse in the United States proposed an expansion of community-based efforts to prevent drug use in its earliest stages and recommended improving access to drug and alcohol treatment programs across the country.

Fighting Addiction Before it Begins

According to Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) during former President Barack Obama’s term, and a recovering addict himself, who delivered the 2014 report, drug overdose deaths have surpassed homicides and traffic accidents as leading cause of injury death in the United States, with an average of 110 Americans dying every day from drug poisoning. Botticelli, at the time, outlined an alternative approach to fighting drug abuse, one that involved education and early intervention as precursors to treatment. “We know that fighting addiction and preventing substance abuse before it begins, particularly among young people, is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences in America,” Botticelli stated. “This is why this strategy lays out actions for expanding national and community-based programs including our drug-free community support program.”

Being Proactive About Stopping the Spread of Addiction

When it comes to combatting drug abuse and addiction, there is more than one way to be proactive about the problem. The National Drug Control Strategy report, for example, discusses the benefits of family physicians being aware of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and taking an active role in reducing the incidence of addiction by intervening in the earliest stages of drug addiction. It would also be helpful for business executives who are in recovery themselves to share their experiences with substance abuse and how they overcame their addiction problem, either in a group therapy environment at an executive rehab facility, by acting as a sponsor for other addicts in recovery, or by engaging in a local outreach program in their community.

The Substance Abuse Experts at BRS Rehab Can Help

For a long time, addiction was seen as a moral failure, one that affected the weak and those without self-discipline, but our society is finally recognizing substance abuse as a legitimate issue affecting not just the addict, but his family, community and the country as a whole, and is taking steps to stop it in its tracks. One significant step that can be taken towards fighting addiction and reducing the incidence of substance abuse in the United States is talking about the problem, and for business executives seeking treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction, being open and frank about their struggles with substance abuse can go a long way towards educating people about the effects of addiction, and engaging the community in fighting the spread of drug dependency. BRS’ own CEO and founder, Per Wickstrom, has this to say about addiction, “It is my deeply held belief that while an individual definitely needs help and support from others in order to overcome their drug abuse and addiction problems, it was their own choice to turn to drug use in the first place and it must be their own choice to achieve sobriety and recover control of their life. By having control over the specifics of their recovery path and program the individual is empowered to make the choices they need to in order to successfully and fully recover.” If you believe a loved one is fighting addiction, contact the addiction experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to get the help you and your family need.

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Highly-Educated Executives: Why They Still Become Addicts

There are a number of factors that can contribute to an individual’s propensity towards addiction, and while a popular stereotype assumes that all addicts are poor, uneducated and unemployed, statistics show that even highly-educated executives may be at risk for addiction. The truth is that, while substance abuse is more common among those of lower economic status and those living in poverty, there is no proof of a cause and effect relationship between the two. If you believe a loved one may be facing a substance abuse problem, contact the addiction recovery specialists at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today. With a professional substance abuse counselor on your side, you can help your loved one get the help he or she needs to recover.

Highly-Educated Executives and Substance Abuse

How much money you have may not have a direct impact on your risk of becoming an alcoholic or drug addict. In other words, just because you don’t make a lot of money doesn’t mean you’ll automatically start abusing drugs or alcohol. However, research has shown that substance abuse is a common byproduct of the lifestyle people of limited financial means typically lead, and the risk factors that often lead to addiction are more prevalent in lower economic areas and less fortunate families than in others. It would follow then, that individuals with higher educations and those belonging to wealthier families are less likely to fall victim to substance abuse and addiction, and a survey comparing high school seniors from 1981 to 1986 supports this hypothesis, showing a significant decline in substance abuse among students who had more educated parents.

Factors Contributing to Addiction

That being said, an extensive body of research examining the causes and effects of substance abuse suggests that there are many different risk factors that contribute to an individual’s propensity toward addiction, including, but not limited to, economic status, level of education, abuse or neglect, genetics, mental illness, race, and parental drug and alcohol abuse. These findings are supported by the fact that even highly-educated business executives making six-figure salaries can fall victim to addiction, often as a result of work-related stress or an overwhelming pressure to succeed. In fact, some would argue that these individuals may actually be more likely to engage in substance abuse, as they may have easier access to drugs like cocaine and prescription painkillers, as well as the disposable income to support such an expensive habit.

When it comes down to it, no matter how much money they make or how educated they are, business executives may still have a predisposition towards addiction that stems from genetics, mental illness, a history of abuse or neglect, or an extremely stressful work life. According to research, genetics are responsible for approximately 40 to 60 percent of the propensity an addict carries towards alcoholism or drug abuse, and roughly 29 percent of all people diagnosed with a mental health disorder also engage in substance abuse. There has also been extensive research suggesting that a history of abuse or neglect increases the risk of substance abuse later in life.

Business Executives and Work-Related Stress

Even if none of these factors apply to a highly-educated executive, he or she may still be at risk for addiction simply because of the high-pressure industry they work in. For example, according to a 2015 Gallup poll measuring the rates of alcohol consumption among income and education subgroups over time, “upper-income and highly educated Americans are more likely than other Americans to say they drink alcohol,” and people earning more than $75,000 per year drink more alcohol than any other economic group. This is believed to be due to the fact that, while highly educated, high-income business executives have greater economic resources and can afford to buy drugs or alcohol, they also work in a high-pressure environment that may cause them to turn to drugs or alcohol just to cope with their stress.

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The Link Between Job Status and Addiction

There seems to be a connection between job status and addiction in the United States, but there are different ideas as to what the connection may be exactly. Many people associate addiction with job loss – the homeless crack addict on the street is a common view of addiction – but does substance abuse lead to job loss, or is it the other way around? According to research from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other studies that have examined the link between employment status and substance abuse, an individual’s employment situation and use of alcohol or drugs can affect one another both directly and indirectly.

How Job Status and Addiction Correlate

When looking at the correlation between job status and addiction, it’s important to consider how an individual’s employment situation affects his or her lifestyle and behavior. According to research, unemployed individuals, for example, are more likely to engage in substance abuse than those who are employed, as they typically have more free time during the day to abuse drugs or alcohol, and may suffer from depression or other destructive feelings as a result of their unemployment. That being said, having a job usually increases an individual’s disposable income, which may make employed individuals more likely to engage in substance abuse, as they have additional means to pay for their addiction.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, some of the most commonly abused addictive substances in the United States are alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, largely because they are not illegal and because the general consensus is that the adverse health effects associated with consuming these substances in moderation are relatively mild. As far as illegal substances go, the percentage of the population 18 and older reporting use of an illegal drug in the previous month averaged 8.2% from 2005 to 2011, with 18% of unemployed individuals reporting illegal drug use, 10% of part-time workers, 8% of full-time workers, and less than 6% of individuals in the “other” category, which included retirees.

How Addiction Affects Job Status

There is another side of the coin, though, and research has also shown that an individual’s drug use or addiction may have an effect on his or her employment status. The primary and most obvious way in which drug abuse or addiction can affect an individual’s job status is by the individual losing his or her job when the behavior is discovered. However, one study found that drug users were also less likely to take up a white-collar position than non-drug users, and were more likely to work part-time. This means that the act of using drugs may actually have a direct impact on the types of jobs the drug user considers, in addition to determining whether or not they are employable. Another study reported that chronic drug use leads to fewer employment opportunities for both males and females, as well as a diminished chance of entering the workforce for males.

Contact an Experienced Substance Abuse Counselor for Help

There are many ways in which job status and addiction can influence one another. On one hand, addiction can reduce an individual’s employment prospects, by decreasing his or her chances of getting a job and by reducing productivity at work, or even by causing involuntary job loss. On the other hand, individuals who are unemployed may struggle with depression, face financial hardship, or simply have more free time to experiment with drugs and alcohol, all of which may increase their risk of substance abuse and addiction. Conversely, individuals who are gainfully employed typically experience a greater sense of responsibility and self-worth and have less free time during the day to drink or use drugs, which may lower their chances of feeling depressed and engaging in destructive behavior. If you believe a loved one is at risk for substance abuse or addiction, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today for help.

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Why Recovering Executives are at Risk for Becoming Workaholics

Anyone who has a close friend or family member who can be classified as a “workaholic” knows that becoming workaholics is a sort of addiction. Workaholics leave for work early in the morning, work long hours, and get home late at night, only to do it all over again the following day, and this cycle continues until it begins to wear on the individual himself and his loved ones. Workaholics miss out on planned family events, they forget important milestones, and their work schedule may even begin to have an adverse effect on their personal relationships. These are the hallmarks of addiction, and for a recovering executive who returns to work after treatment, becoming a workaholic is something they have to avoid.

Becoming Workaholics Post-Treatment

Returning to work after seeking treatment for alcoholism or drug abuse is never easy, and business executives who once commanded respect and admiration for the way they were able to bring in clients or close multimillion-dollar deals may find themselves working extra hard to stay busy and to avoid succumbing to harmful thoughts, or falling back into old patterns. Getting back into the groove of things after treatment is a step in the right direction, but a recovering addict throwing himself into work while recovering from addiction only increases his risk of becoming a workaholic, or devoting so much time to work that other aspect of his life begin to suffer, which can also result in a relapse.

Working too Much Can Lead to Burnout

Re-entering the workforce is a major component of the recovery process post-treatment, and getting back to work can help recovering addicts feel normal again and assist them to feel like they are finally taking steps towards rebuilding their lives. However, while keeping yourself always busy with work may make it seem like you are a diligent employee only making up for lost time, overworking yourself can easily lead to burnout, a reason many addicts cite for turning to drugs in the first place. Business executives tend to work long hours and carry an immense amount of work-related stress on their shoulders, and becoming a workaholic is only a few steps removed from falling back into addiction all over again.

How Being a Workaholic Can Affect Your Life

Not only can working too must post-treatment lead to burnout, but it can also prevent you from devoting enough attention to other parts of your life, the parts that suffered when you became an addict. It’s important that, when returning to work after rehab, you also find time to spend with your friends and loved ones, and begin to participate again in the things that you once enjoyed. Far too often, individuals who fall victim to addiction lose interest in the activities they once looked forward to, like fishing, reading, or playing baseball with their kids, shunning these once-loved rituals for getting drunk or high.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Today

Anyone who has re-entered the workforce after treatment is at risk of becoming workaholics and knows that it takes effort, focus and an incredible amount of patience. You may stumble a few times, you may even relapse, but every step you take in the right direction is a step towards sobriety. Just like with anything else, though, moderation is key, and when returning to work after undergoing treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction, it’s best to do so gradually, with the knowledge that becoming a workaholic is not the answer. For more information about substance abuse treatment, or to speak to a professional addiction counselor about what steps to take after treatment, contact the experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

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Losing an Addicted Loved One: Why Families Need Compassion, Not Criticism

Losing an addicted loved one is not easy.  Good riddance. It may be what you’re thinking when you find out that a friend’s addicted loved one has passed away. After all the pain and heartache that friend suffered as a result of the addiction, it’s easy to think she’s better off without him, but rather than being bombarded with criticism or “I told you so’s” following the death of an addicted loved one, what families really need is compassion. If you have lost a loved one to a drug overdose, it may be difficult determining the best way to begin the healing process. Your first course of action should be to find out what services may be available in your area for the families of addicts.

What to do After Losing an Addicted Loved One

It’s never easy knowing what to say when someone loses a loved one, and when that loved one’s death was the result of addiction, it can be even more difficult finding the right words to ease their pain. Unfortunately, because of the negative stigma associated with addiction and overdose, and because many people simply don’t understand the complexities of addiction, and how difficult it can be to overcome, their initial reaction may be a total lack of sympathy. They assume the addicted individual chose addiction over recovery, chose to cause their loved ones pain rather than taking control of their addiction when in reality, it was the addiction that was controlling them. If you are struggling after losing an addicted loved one, and you are receiving more criticism than compassion from the people around you, the following steps can help you begin the healing process:

  • Look for a support group. Support groups carry their own negative stigma, sometimes seen as an excuse for pitiful individuals to wallow in their own grief, while in reality, support groups can be a valuable resource for families who have lost a loved one to addiction. By sharing your feelings and listening to others who have endured the effects of a loved one’s addiction, and suffered a similar loss, you can really let the healing process begin.
  • Be an advocate for others. Nothing cures an intolerable pain like helping others who are struggling with a similar issue. Use your own experiences to help others who have lost a loved one to addiction, educate them about your loved one’s addiction and how it affected your family, and offer them the compassion they need and deserve in the aftermath of such a tragedy.
  • Refuse to be shamed by others. Insensitive comments from other people may be born from arrogance or ignorance, but either way, you shouldn’t let these types of comments shame you. Addiction is a global issue that affects millions of people. You have the right to mourn your loved one and feel sorrow in their absence, without feeling embarrassment or shame about your situation.
  • Forgive their lack of compassion. Your gut reaction to another person’s criticism may be anger and bitterness, but adding these emotions into the mix will only make the healing process harder for you. Forgive the insensitivity of your friends and loved ones, and their lack of empathy. Remember that, unless they’ve been in a similar situation, they cannot possibly understand what you are going through, and even if they have, they are probably struggling to find the right thing to say. Try not to take their comments too personally.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Today

Addiction is an issue that affects not just the addicted individual himself, but his friends, loved ones and even coworkers, and the same is true for an addicted individual who loses the battle with addiction and succumbs to a drug overdose. The pain, grief, and heartache they leave in their wake can be just as devastating as the addiction itself, and, while you might expect to receive compassion under such tragic circumstances, some people will offer you criticism, anger, and shame instead. Nothing excuses this kind of behavior, but recognizing the fact that they simply don’t understand what you are going through can help you disregard these comments after losing an addicted loved one.