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How to Prevent a Drug Overdose

Drug abuse always carries a risk of severe and potentially life-threatening side effects, including alcohol, and whether you are abusing alcohol, prescription medication, or an illegal drug like cocaine, addiction and overdose are always a concern. If you know someone who is abusing drugs, and you believe they may be at risk for a drug overdose, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at our toll-free number to discuss the available treatment options with a professional addiction recovery counselor.

What Causes a Drug Overdose?

A drug overdose occurs when a person takes too much of a substance, and the body is unable to detoxify the drug fast enough to avoid catastrophic side effects. The abuse of any substance can result in an overdose.  But certain factors can increase a person’s drug overdose risk:

  • abusing drugs in combination with other substances (including alcohol)
  • prior overdoses
  • taking large amounts of the drug at once
  • engaging in intravenous drug use, and resuming drug use after a period of abstinence.

An overdose can be intentional, by someone who wishes to commit suicide, or accidental, by someone who unknowingly takes more of a prescription medication than instructed, or who uses too much of an illegal drug in an attempt to achieve a better high.

Drug Overdose Symptoms

Using drugs can affect the entire body, and in general terms, during an overdose, the effects of a drug may be a heightened level of the therapeutic effects seen with regular use. The drug side effects may also become more pronounced, and other adverse effects can take place, which would typically not occur with normal use. Drug overdose symptoms can vary depending on the type of drug taken, whether the drug was taken in combination with other substances, and the physical and medical history of the person taking the drug, and in some cases, even first-time drug use can result in a lethal overdose. Some common symptoms of a drug overdose include the following:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unsteady walking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Agitation
  • Violent or aggressive behavior
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Abnormally high body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death

How to Prevent a Drug Overdose

The only surefire way to prevent a drug overdose is not to use drugs in the first place. However, there are ways someone who is already struggling with an addiction problem can reduce their risk of overdosing. The following are steps you or a loved one can take to prevent a drug overdose:

  • Educate yourself on the warning signs and symptoms of drug overdose
  • Start with a small dose if you haven’t used the drug in a while
  • Avoid using multiple substances at once, including alcohol
  • Know the drug and the dose of the medicine you are taking
  • Use in the presence of another person, in case of an overdose
  • Consider substance abuse treatment if you think you have an addiction problem

Contact the Addiction Recovery Experts at BRS Rehab

Drug addiction is a serious condition that can have fatal consequences, and, according to a recent report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the total number of deaths from drug overdose more than doubled between 2002 and 2015, signaling a growing problem in the United States, one that has reached epidemic status. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, and you think a drug overdose is a real concern, don’t hesitate to call for help. The substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services understand the various factors that play a role in addiction and can help you prevent an overdose from occurring.

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What is a Relapse and What to Do if it Happens

Addiction recovery is not a straight line to sobriety. It is an ongoing process that, for many, involves successes tempered by significant challenges, including the risk of relapse. If you or someone you love has suffered a relapse while recovering from alcoholism or drug abuse, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at our toll-free number to discuss with a certified substance abuse counselor how you can get your recovery back on track.

Relapse Meaning

Much like a cancer survivor may suffer a recurrence of the disease after a period of remission, known as a relapse, a recovering addict may also relapse, or fall back into old substance abuse patterns after a period of improvement. While some addicts can maintain their sobriety following substance abuse treatment at a rehab facility, others may suffer some significant setbacks before their recovery sticks. It’s important to understand that addiction relapse is common, and it’s not necessarily a sign of failure. In fact, most addicts relapse at least once, and many do so multiple times during the recovery process. Over time, relapses should happen less frequently, until the user no longer experiences such powerful cravings to use.

Relapse Prevention

Although relapse is a normal part of the addiction recovery process, it is important to identify what factors, or triggers, lead to a relapse so you can do everything in your power to avoid or minimize them. For some addicts, their substance abuse is triggered by fear, stress, depression or anxiety, and because using alcohol or drugs acts as a coping mechanism, experiencing these emotions can lead to a relapse. To minimize the impact of these emotions and prevent a relapse, it helps to be aware of these stressors and learn a new way to cope that doesn’t involve substance abuse. For other addicts, just being around certain people and places that remind them of past substance abuse can trigger a relapse.  This trigger usually happens during the beginning stages of recovery, and it may become necessary for them to avoid old friends with whom they used to drink or use drugs.

Moving on After a Relapse

Relapse happens, and it may happen more than once. Rather than viewing a relapse as a total failure and the end of the recovery process, it helps to see it as an opportunity to update and reinforce treatment, to reconsider your recovery strategies and set attainable goals for the future. You may decide to return to inpatient treatment for more counseling and relapse prevention education if you feel you may benefit from additional care and guidance, or you may choose to participate in aftercare treatment, which typically involves attending outpatient counseling sessions a couple of times a week. You may only decide to join a support group where you can share your experiences and concerns with other members of the recovery community.

As a friend or family member of a recovering addict, a relapse does not constitute a betrayal of your trust. In order for your loved one to continue on the path to lifelong recovery, he will need all the love, support, and understanding he can get, no matter how many times he may stumble along the way.

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Research shows that most addicts relapse during the first 90 days in recovery, while the brain is attempting to reverse the rewiring that comes with prolonged substance abuse. Whatever the circumstances of your recovery though, relapse is much easier to prevent when you know what your triggers are and can, therefore, see it coming. For help overcoming a chronic substance abuse disorder, or for more information about relapse and how to prevent it, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

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Knowing the Signs of Suboxone Abuse

Suboxone reverses the effects of heroin addiction, but can you fix an addiction with another drug? It was considered a safer alternative to methadone during the opioid abuse epidemic. However, this drug has its dark side that people don’t talk about as much. Suboxone abuse is real and has even caused an epidemic that needs to be remedied. Addiction to Suboxone is a true problem in the United States today.

Suboxone is a combination of two drugs: buprenorphine, which provides a way for someone to get off a previous, stronger opioid gradually, and naloxone. Since buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, its “highs” are lower compared to the highs of heroin, a full agonist. For this reason, Suboxone seems like a good treatment option for heroin and opioid abuse. Naloxone’s job is to shut off opioid receptors, which reverses the effects of opioid drugs in the patient’s system. However, doing this can cause the body to start showing withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • agitation
  • irritability
  • wild mood swings
  • insomnia
  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle cramping

Naloxone is risky and should not be given by itself, which is why it is combined with buprenorphine to provide patients with an easy way to get off stronger opioids.

Knowing the Signs of Suboxone Abuse

While Suboxone can wean someone off of a more potent opioid, Suboxone addiction can happen. Some physical and psychological effects can be an indication that the person is abusing Suboxone. The signs to be aware of include:

  • Nausea
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches

By knowing these signs, you will be more able to easily spot if a friend or loved one is abusing Suboxone.

Starting an Intervention for Suboxone Abuse

If you detect and confirm that a friend or family member is struggling with Suboxone abuse, the next step you should take is to have a discussion with them. The goal of an intervention is to get the addict to admit it is time to seek help. It is common for addicts to be in denial about their addiction and not realize that they have a problem. However, having family members and friends show that they care and are concerned for their well-being can help the addict understand their need for treatment and make them willing to enter rehab.

Treating Suboxone Abuse and Addiction

Most cases of opioid abuse require detoxification as the first step of therapy, and Suboxone addiction is no different. A controlled and supervised environment is the best way to withdraw from Suboxone safely. Suboxone withdrawal triggers the symptoms mentioned above. Therefore, it is vital he or she enters a drug rehabilitation facility and be under professional care. Attempting to detox and withdraw on your own can result in a relapse into harder drugs when the withdrawal symptoms become too much to handle. A doctor will administer medication, if necessary,  to make the withdrawal process easier. The withdrawal symptoms of the detox go away within 1 – 4 weeks.

Supporting the Addict After Rehab

Rehab is the first and major step in recovery, but it is not the final step. When an addict returns home, he or she will use the skills learned in rehab to continue living a clean and sober life. Therapy is a necessary step for supporting the addict after rehab. It’s where the user can discuss their struggles and challenges, and receive advice and help from their peers. It’s in therapy where they know they aren’t alone in their recovery journey.

Finding Treatment for Suboxone Addiction

When your friend or loved one has agreed to enter treatment, the next step is to locate the rehab facility. This move is significant because not every rehab center is the same. At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we adapt our rehabilitation program to each client’s needs and wants. We not only deliver what our patients need, but we also provide them with what they want for their stay to be as pleasant as possible. Furthermore, our facility provides a very comfortable and secure environment, which is far away from the stress of everyday life. Our clients can relax and let go of the troubles of the world while they just focus on their sobriety and long-term recovery.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Suboxone addiction, we encourage you to contact us today to speak confidentially with one of our treatment advisors to see how we can help you.

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The Warning Signs of a Prescription Painkiller Addiction

One of the three main categories of medications that present a significant risk of abuse is prescription opioids. Physicians are prescribing and distributing opioids at dramatically increased rates in recent years. This is drastically increasing the incidence of painkiller addiction in the United States. Opioid painkillers produce a short-lived euphoric feeling. Long-term use of these drugs can lead to physical dependence. When a person continues taking drugs to avoid withdrawal symptoms, they are just one step away from a painkiller addiction. If you or someone you love are struggling with painkiller addiction, contact the addiction recovery counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

How to Spot a Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Doctors frequently prescribe opioid painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone to individuals experiencing chronic pain, as a more powerful alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers. These medications are highly addictive, and can easily lead to an opioid addiction. Even individuals who have never abused drugs or become dependent on painkillers in the past can easily develop an addiction. Unfortunately, symptoms of an opioid addiction can be difficult to spot. Some users may carry on with their everyday tasks as if everything is fine, and not exhibit any obvious signs. That being said, there are some warning signs to look out for that may signal a painkiller addiction, including the following:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Drowsiness
  • A change in sleep habits
  • A lack of hygiene
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Changes in energy level or exercise habits
  • Loss of relationships
  • Overspending
  • Theft
  • Changes in work habits

As with other types of addiction, the longer a person is struggling with an addiction to painkillers like oxycodone or hydrocodone, the more signs and symptoms they are likely to exhibit. If you recognize one or more of these red flags in a friend, family member or co-worker, it’s possible the issue may be a painkiller addiction.

Risk of Opioid Overdose

The most important reason to identify and address a painkiller addiction as early as possible is to avoid an overdose. An overdose occurs when a person takes more than the amount of medication the prescription is for, at once or over time. When a doctor prescribes an opioid painkiller to relieve chronic pain, a person may take a higher amount of the medication. They may take it more frequently than the instructions require. If they develop a tolerance, they will require more of the medication to achieve the same pain-relieving effects. This is the hallmark of a painkiller addiction and can lead to the abuse of other drugs, like heroin. This can happen among individuals who don’t necessarily fit the description of what you might consider a “typical” addict.

The Addiction Recovery Experts at BRS Rehab Can Help

Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, even someone with no history of drug abuse. As with any type of addiction, the consequences of a painkiller addiction can be devastating, or even fatal. According to statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 26.4 million and 36 million people around the world abuse opioids like morphine, heroin and prescription painkillers. There are an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. If someone you love is exhibiting warning signs of a painkiller addiction, don’t hesitate to get them the help they need. Call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to learn about the available treatment options for an addiction to painkillers.

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Drug Abuse Among Professional Athletes: Is it a Growing Problem?

Some people are of the opinion that professional athletes have it easy. They think this because of their hefty paychecks, fancy cars, and glamorous lifestyles. The truth is that athletes are under an immense amount of pressure. They are pressured to succeed in ways that people in other professions rarely experience. It’s because of this, and the fact that they have the disposable income to finance a drug habit, that athletes are so vulnerable to substance abuse. They are in a constant struggle to succeed in an incredibly competitive arena. If you know a professional athlete who is abusing drugs, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to speak to a certified addiction recovery counselor. Drug abuse among professional athletes is a major problem in the US today.

Drug Abuse Among Professional Athletes

According to the Journal of Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, drug abuse is a problem that occurs in all sports and at most levels of competition. This problem persists for some individuals even after retirement. In addition to drugs that enhance performance, drug abuse among professional athletes originates with drugs to relieve pain. They may even use drugs to conceal career-ending injuries. Athletes use drugs to increase muscle mass and body weight. Professional athletes also use drugs to self-treat otherwise untreated mental illness. They also use drugs to deal with the emotional stress that comes with a professional career. Due to recent responses to using performance-enhancing drugs, many athletic organizations are banning “doping.” When catching athletes using such drugs, there are strict consequences.

Athletes and Drug Addiction

One of the main reasons for drug abuse among professional athletes is simply to combat fatigue and exhaustion. This is sadly a part of the professional athlete package. Whatever the reason for the abuse, abusing drugs in a high-risk, high-pressure environment is dangerous. The world of professional sports presents a significant risk of athletes developing a drug addiction. Drug addiction can lead to serious adverse health consequences or death. Even so, despite the significant risk of side effects, a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2002 found that one in three general practitioners is likely to encounter a patient who uses drugs to improve his or her athletic performance. This fact further proves the concern that drug abuse and addiction is “deeply entrenched” in the sporting world.

Using Drugs to Help Performance

So widespread is the issue of drug abuse among professional athletes, that the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry ranked second in past month for illicit drug use. Furthermore, they ranked third in past year substance use disorder rates from 2008 to 2012, according to SAMHSA.

“What is really worrying is that people who use drugs in sports are taking potentially life-threatening drugs and think it’s worth it,” says Dr. Vivienne Nathanson. Dr. Nathanson is the British Medical Association’s head of ethics and science. “Surely no accolade is worth your health or indeed life.” It’s hard to believe that professional athletes who appear to have it all would risk their careers, and their lives, by abusing drugs. However, you have to consider the fact that they base their success on how well they perform physically and mentally on a daily basis. It makes sense that they might look to chemical substances for help.

Treating Drug Addiction in Athletes

As far as a professional athlete seeking treatment for drug addiction, the Substance Abuse, and Rehabilitation study advises that “drug abuse in athletes should be addressed with preventative measures, education, motivational interviewing, and, when indicated, pharmacologic interventions.” If you or someone you know is abusing a performance-enhancing drug or another controlled substance, contact the addiction recovery experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for help.

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Some Important Facts About Methamphetamine Use

Methamphetamine use in the United States seems to increase every year. Methamphetamine was developed in the early 20th century from its parent drug, amphetamine. Oddly, it was originally intended for medical use in bronchial inhalers and nasal decongestants. Today, methamphetamine takes the form of a white, crystalline powder that users can easily dissolve in water or alcohol. It delivers a potent high resulting in increased activity and a pleasurable sense of well-being or euphoria.

Unfortunately, as a stimulant, methamphetamine is highly addictive. Furthermore, its long-lasting effect on the central nervous system makes it a drug with a high potential for widespread abuse. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine or another illicit stimulant drug, contact the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to discuss your possible treatment options.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, also known by street names like chalk, crystal, crank, ice, speed, and meth, is a powerful, highly addictive, synthetic stimulant drug. Users inhale, snort, swallow or inject it for a high that can last anywhere from six to 24 hours. Methamphetamine highs start and diminish quickly. Therefore, users sometimes participate in what is called a “binge and crash” pattern. Some people use methamphetamine in the form of bingeing called a “run.” They give up sleep and food and continue taking the drug every few hours for up to several days.

How Meth Works

Methamphetamine works by increasing the amount of dopamine in the brain, a natural chemical that affects motivation, pleasure, body movement, and reward, or pleasure. By releasing high levels of dopamine rapidly in reward areas of the brain – essentially flooding the brain with the chemical – meth produces a “rush,” or a feeling of euphoria that users will often try to replicate. Smoking or injecting methamphetamine puts the drug very quickly into the bloodstream and brain, causing an intense rush that lasts only a few minutes. Snorting or orally ingesting meth produces a pleasurable high, but not an intense rush, within three to five minutes, and 15 to 20 minutes, respectively. The pleasurable effects of meth typically fade before the levels of the drug in the bloodstream even fall significantly. As a result of this, meth users often try to maintain the high by taking more of the drug.

Side Effects of Methamphetamine Use

Taking even small amounts of methamphetamine can cause many of the same health effects as those associated with the use of cocaine and other illicit stimulant drugs. Some short-term effects include faster breathing, rapid heartbeat, increased alertness, decreased appetite, and increased blood pressure and body temperature. The adverse long-term health effects of methamphetamine use include:

  • Severe dental problems
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Intense itching
  • Sores
  • Sleeping problems
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Violent behavior
  • Anxiety

In addition, prolonged methamphetamine use damages the brain, causing lasting changes in the dopamine system that can lead to impaired verbal learning, reduced coordination and problems with emotion and cognition. Furthermore, a methamphetamine overdose can occur if a person uses too much of the drug. An overdose can lead to potentially life-threatening health consequences, like heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and death.

Methamphetamine Facts

Despite the initial purpose of meth, people now use it predominantly as a recreational drug of abuse. Even more alarming, the nationwide spread of methamphetamine abuse over the past several decades up until today is now a national epidemic. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million Americans (0.4% of the population) admit using methamphetamine in the previous year, and 440,000 (0.2%) report using the drug in the past month.

All in all, meth’s illicit use as a stimulant greatly surpasses the consumption for which it was originally intended. Despite the serious health risks associated with meth, its use remains prevalent in the United States. Given these points, if you know someone who is abusing meth, don’t hesitate to get them the help they need. Call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to speak with a certified drug abuse counselor.

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What is SMART Recovery – Self-Management and Recovery Training

SMART RECOVERY is a nontraditional approach to addiction recovery that emphasizes the importance of identifying and addressing the underlying thoughts and feelings that contribute to addiction, while also learning how to manage cravings and urges to use. The cornerstone of SMART Recovery is self-reliance. Clients who join a SMART recovery program are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They are taught to make meaningful changes in their behavior so they no longer feel tempted to use drugs. If you are facing a destructive substance abuse disorder and think that you need help, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today. Furthermore, if you have tried a 12-Step recovery program and found it ineffective, call  to learn about the benefits of SMART recovery.

SMART Recovery Explained

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a support program designed to help people with addictions and behavioral disorders learn how to control their addictive behavior. They do this by focusing on the underlying thoughts and feelings that are contributing to their addiction. In SMART Recovery, clients learn the skills and tools they need to effectively manage their cravings and urges for the long term. This improves their chances of maintaining long-term sobriety. SMART also helps clients overcome any mental health problems that occur in conjunction with their addiction disorder, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder.

One key difference between SMART recovery and other recovery programs is that clients involved in SMART recovery can “graduate” and begin a healthy new life. While SMART recovery acknowledges and accepts that relapse can happen, the program doesn’t consider relapse a necessary part of the recovery process, nor does it see recovery as a lifelong process.

How Does SMART Work?

SMART recovery has some similarities to traditional 12-Step addiction recovery. However, unlike 12-Step programs that require clients to submit to a higher power and admit that they are powerless over their substance abuse disorder, SMART Recovery is a self-empowering program that teaches clients the importance of self-reliance in addiction recovery. This program uses proven techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) to teach clients to accept and overcome their resistance to change or treatment, in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns. SMART utilizes a four-point program, which clients can complete in any order, depending on their needs.

⦁ Building and maintaining motivation. An important component of long-lasting recovery is the ability to fight cravings, and the willingness to stay sober. This point encourages clients to make a list of their priorities, and then weigh the costs and benefits of using versus being sober.

⦁ Coping with urges. Clients learn how to suppress urges to drink or use drugs through methods such as distraction techniques. BRS encourages clients to identify and overcome irrational thoughts about their urges to use.

⦁ Managing thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. This point teaches clients how to prevent relapse by examining the thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that lead down the path to substance abuse. They learn self-acceptance and how to manage feelings that can seem all-consuming, such as depression.

⦁ Living a balanced life. Overcoming an addiction and choosing to stay sober is a dramatic lifestyle change. The key to a successful recovery is learning how to live a sober life. This point asks clients to consider what is important to them. It teaches them how to set realistic goals and plan for their future.

Benefits of SMART Recovery

The SMART Recovery program is continuously updating to reflect emerging scientific evidence in the field of addiction recovery. This program also wants to ensure that rehab facilities offering this technique implement the strategies that researchers have found most effective. SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering substance abuse support group. The American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Institute on Drug Abuse recognize SMART recovery as an effective approach for overcoming addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, and you believe SMART may be the right approach to recovery, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to speak to a certified counselor about your options.

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Signs of Executive Drug Addiction

Executive drug addiction is becoming a major concern in the United States today. There are many reasons managers are turning to alcohol and drugs for relaxation. With the prestige of an executive position often comes the stress of working long hours, the responsibility of courting new clients, and the pressure to make time for friends and family still. Many executives feel like people are pulling them in a thousand different directions. They have significant obligations at home and at work, yet fail to live up to everyone’s expectations.

As such, it’s no wonder so many business executives turn to drugs or alcohol to take the edge off or decompress after a long day. All too often though, the occasional indulgence results in addiction. Before the exec knows it, he is structuring his life around ensuring access to his drug of choice. If you or someone you know struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call to speak to the professional substance abuse counselors at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.

Job-Related Stress Leading to Executive Drug Addiction

One of the most common reasons business executives turn to drugs is to cope with job-related stress. For execs attempting to live up to the exceedingly high expectations of their jobs on a day-to-day basis, stress is in abundance. According to one study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences journal in 2008, there is “accumulating evidence from preclinical, clinical, and population studies that highly stressful situations and chronic stress increase addiction vulnerability, that is, both risk of developing addiction and risk of relapse.” In fact, research has shown that at least 40% of Americans treated for depression, substance abuse, and other mental health issues cite work-related stress as a major contributing factor. Stress in the workplace is the main reason why executive drug use is so prevalent in the United States.

Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

Following are some common signs of executive drug addiction:

  • The executive’s work begins to suffer
  • He is neglectful or abusive towards his family
  • He is unable to honor commitments at work or at home
  • His temperament begins to change
  • He experiences mood swings
  • His co-workers find themselves covering for him
  • He disappears from home or work with no explanation
  • His appearance or grooming begins to deteriorate
  • He calls in sick to work more often or doesn’t show up
  • He seems to have financial or legal problems

Recovering from Executive Drug Addiction

There has always been a stigma associated with drug addiction, but we as a society have made great strides recently in accepting the fact that addiction is not a moral problem. People today realize that people struggling with addiction need treatment, not judgment. In the past, admitting to a drug problem and seeking treatment at a rehab facility was the equivalent of professional suicide for a business executive. Fortunately, going to rehab for drug addiction is no longer the end of the line for execs.

Now, more than ever before, companies are retaining invaluable employees and protecting their investment. They are helping executives with addiction get the help they need.  By doing this, they can return to work as healthy and productive members of the company. Executive rehab facilities like Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, design programs specifically for the unique recovery needs of business executives.

Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Today

Executive drug addiction is a serious problem in the United States. Yet, it is common in the workplace today. Sadly, substance abuse among business execs has become commonplace in this country. As a result, few executives struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction seek treatment for their substance abuse. If you know a business executive engaging in problematic drug abuse, don’t hesitate to ensure he gets the help he needs. Contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to talk to a knowledgeable addiction recovery counselor about the available treatment options.

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The Dangerous Effects of Snorting Cocaine

In this day and age, there are more drug and alcohol addiction problems than there has ever been before. Truly, the United States suffers from some of the most extensive and overall most problematic issues that the country has ever seen. Substance abuse creates multiple different types of problems, including overdose and death. Cocaine is one of the drugs which individuals continue to abuse. The effects of snorting cocaine can be very dangerous and cause long-term medical issues for users. Even though it is one of the oldest, cocaine is one of the most popular illegal drugs in the United States today. This is a drug that receives constant attention from all age ranges. In many ways, this drug is “timeless.”

Effects of Snorting Cocaine

Crack cocaine and powdered cocaine are both dangerous and harmful.What actually happens when a person snorts cocaine? When someone snorts cocaine, the powder assimilates into the bloodstream through the nasal passages. From here, the substance travels through the bloodstream and then crosses the blood-brain barrier. Following this, the drug further assimilates into the human brain. Cocaine disrupts the neurotransmitter, dopamine from recycling which causes very excessive amounts of dopamine to build up in the human brain. A dopamine overload is what creates the high that someone feels when they abuse this substance. Unfortunately, doing this also severely disrupts normal brain activity in the individual.

One of the effects of snorting cocaine is frequent nosebleeds. Snorting cocaine restricts the blood vessels. Individuals also lose their sense of smell and experience trouble swallowing which are two more of the effects of snorting cocaine.

Addressing Cocaine Addiction with Rehabilitation

The best way to address an addiction to cocaine, whether it is powdered cocaine or crack cocaine, is with the help of an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Treatment programs offer simple tools and recovery methods, all of which are effective in getting people to find their path to freedom and abstinence from drug and alcohol addiction.

Though drug and alcohol addiction is a tough battle to face, it is something that we need to face sooner rather later.  Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is a treatment center that is very proficient at helping people find their freedom and their sobriety from cocaine addiction. Behavioral Rehabilitation Services is an executive, luxury treatment center that is able to expertly help people maintain their abstinence from a substance abuse habit. The owner, CEO, and founder of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, Mr. Per Wickstrom, had this to say about addressing drug and alcohol addiction at its root core, which is in the entire community, not just in the treatment center itself:

“The ongoing battle against drug and alcohol abuse is a battle that will not be won in treatment centers alone. If we wish to truly make a difference, we must attack addiction where it begins.”

Taking his words to heart, the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services treatment center involves itself in not only its treatment approach but also in the community as a whole. This involvement is in an effort to effectively remove cocaine addiction. If you need help with an addiction to cocaine, or any other substance, call today.

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Leadership Stress Leading to Addiction in the Workplace

Individuals of all different types, ages, nationalities, and walks of life can potentially fall into addiction. It is a very unforgiving condition and can consume the life of virtually any person. Addiction has been categorized as many different things over the years. Some have labeled it as a behavioral issue, a brain condition, disease, etc. But, a commonality when it comes to many individuals developing addiction is that they begin to use drugs or alcohol to cope with a difficult or stressful situation within their life. Life can be full of stressful situations. Leaders of businesses and groups often receive a large brunt of stress. They are often subject to large amounts of stress because they are holding a whole group together. They are ensuring things are running smoothly, handling barriers, and much more. And for some, this can become too much at times, causing them to reach for a substance to try and relax or ease the stress for a moment. But, once this becomes a regular habit, addiction in the workplace can be quick to follow.

Addiction in the Workplace

Of course, not every stressed out leader is going to end up falling into addiction. Some may be able to handle the pressure or even thrive in it. However, it can be overwhelming for others. There are many who experience less stress than other leaders and still reach for substances to ease it. Every person can have a widely different threshold of what is bearable or tolerable for them. With a leader, they face the obstacles of ensuring everyone is on task. Leaders have to make sure there are no stops, the company is running as it should be, and services or products are being delivered. All of this, in combination with high stakes and short deadlines, can be enough to make many individuals reach for something to take the edge off. Addiction in the workplace is becoming more common today than ever before.

Methods for Better Managing Leadership Stress

Learning how to manage stress without needing to reach for substances is key. A person needs to be able to recognize when it is becoming too much for them. They need to take a step back or have a way to better cope with it. It could include actions such as:

  • Taking a break and stepping away from the job for a minute to collect oneself
  • Learning to identify when it is too much and what causes this type of stress
  • Sorting out how to better address the stressful situations, whether it be delegating some of the load to another team member, or practicing other methods of stress relief

If this situation becomes too severe, a leader may need to reach for help to overcome their addiction. This could come in the form of another team member or loved one that they can confide in, and talk to about the situation. But, it could also include seeking professional addiction counseling or attending a rehab center. Many large (and not so large) companies carry insurance coverage to treat addiction in the workplace. A large concern when it comes to this is the reputation of the leader, as attending treatment could be damaging in this avenue.  At the same time, this is not a good reason to not seek help, as the addiction will tend to only get worse if left alone. Many leaders and other high caliber individuals are often quite good at hiding addiction because they are high-functioning individuals, but it will show more the longer it continues. There are many treatment centers and counselors that know and understand the necessity for privacy and discretion and can make treatment work with this.

The Leadership Management of Per Wickstrom of Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Rehab Center

Per Wickstrom is the owner and head of several different rehabilitation centers, as well as a recovering addict himself. He understands what leadership stress can impose upon an individual, and helps many individuals in this position to overcome their addictions every year through his centers. Determining the balance of leadership, stress, and maintaining one’s recovery can seem difficult at first, but it is doable. As mentioned above, delegation is an important point in avoiding addiction in the workplace. Hire diligent employees that can help to ensure that operations are running smoothly, as this takes a large load off of the leader. Per Wickstrom, is an excellent example of this, as he has set up his numerous centers to be individually run by qualified and trusted individuals, while he still runs the overall operation without detriment to his stress level or recovery.

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The Importance of Time Management in Addiction Recovery

In many ways, addiction is a total loss of control. And so, a key component in the addiction recovery process is regaining control, which a recovering addict can do by establishing healthy goals, developing positive habits, setting boundaries, and learning the importance of time management. If you or someone you love is in need of recovery support for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services at (877) 926-5530 to speak with a substance abuse expert today. Our addiction recovery counselors are trained to address all types of addiction and can help you develop the skills and tools you need to overcome your substance abuse disorder.

Managing Your Time in Addiction Recovery

Many people struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol began abusing the substance because they felt overwhelmed, with school, with their job, or with life in general. By shooting heroin or drinking until they black out, they are attempting to escape the chaos that surrounds them and threatens to swallow them whole. In many cases, this confusion stems from disorganization. Fortunately, there are some easy steps addicts can take in recovery to better manage their time and improve their chances of long-term recovery.

It may seem like a simple solution to a major problem, but learning some simple time management skills is an easy way to regain control and avoid becoming so overwhelmed that you feel the need to drink or use drugs. In addiction recovery, time management is of particular importance, as any feelings of chaos or stress can hinder the recovery process. The following are some simple ways recovering addicts can better manage their time in recovery:

  • In a notebook or journal, write down all the things you do throughout the course of each day. Keeping a journal will give you a sense of structure and help you establish better habits.
  • Put each of these activities into a category, i.e. personal, household, family, educational, social, etc., which essentially gives each task a “home,” and decide whether you are using your time wisely.
  • Create a weekly task list, where you write down the things you have to do or want to do, for each day, keeping in mind the goal of staying balanced and focused, and living a well-rounded life.
  • If an unexpected task comes up that is out of your control, it’s important to relax and stay flexible. Put it into the proper category, or give it a “home,” and you will immediately feel more organized.

Time management is an essential part of the addiction recovery process. When addicts first enter recovery, they often have a great deal of free time on their hands, time that was once spent drinking or using drugs. This free time can lead to boredom, which can result in relapse. By organizing your time better in recovery, you can feel calm and in control, two key components in leading a healthy and sober life.

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Poor time management leads to stress, and stress is detrimental to recovery. Establishing and adhering to a routine, however, can reduce anxiety, promote stability and improve self-confidence. It’s important to note that learning how to better manage your time in recovery will likely not happen overnight. It may take weeks or months to establish a solid routine that helps you grow and progress in a positive direction, but once you do, you can be proud of your accomplishment. If you are interested in learning how to recover from addiction, and how establishing good time management skills helps in the recovery process, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today at (877) 926-5530 to speak to an experienced addiction recovery counselor.

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A Functioning Addict in the Family: The Double Lives They Lead

Is there someone in your family who is addicted to an illicit drug? All too often, when an individual is struggling with an addiction to drugs, they end up living double lives – they live one life where they are happy and successful and well-liked, and this is the side they show their friends, family members, and co-workers, and they live another life where they feel the constant need to use drugs in order to function, and this is the side they keep to themselves, buried deep below the surface where no one can see it. If you are noticing signs of a double life in a loved one, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today to speak to a qualified addiction recovery counselor about the available treatment options for a functioning addict in the family.

What are Functioning Addicts?

Most people picture the typical junkie when they think of an addict, a homeless person getting high on the street or begging for money to pay for drugs, but there’s another type of user, called a “functioning addict.” Functioning addicts are people who seem to have their life together – a steady job, loving family members, a nice place to live, a car, a wide social circle, all the trappings of a seemingly successful life – but who are simply “passing” for something they’re not. A functioning addict is someone who wears a mask of sorts around the people he loves, showing them the face of someone who is doing okay when in reality, he is struggling with a substance abuse disorder.

When it comes down to it, functioning addicts only don’t fit the stereotype of what we typically see as an “addict.” They go to work, they take care of their family, they pay their bills, and they fulfill their everyday obligations, so everything must be fine, right? So what if they sometimes use drugs, so long as they aren’t always getting high, right? You would know if a person you loved was really in trouble, right? Unfortunately, for a functioning addict in the family, it’s only a matter of time before they become nonfunctional, and then it may be too late. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million people aged 12 and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009, and only 2.6 million received treatment at a specialized rehab facility.

Signs of a Functioning Addict in the Family

Drug addiction is a serious issue, but it’s one that often goes untreated. In some cases, a functioning addict may even be able to fool himself into thinking everything is fine, but if it becomes necessary for the person to use a substance to feel normal or function properly on a daily basis, that is a definite red flag. The very nature of this type of addiction means it ‘s hard to spot, and the addict himself is likely in denial about it, but there are certain warning signs of drug addiction friends, family members, and coworkers can watch out for if they suspect someone of being a functioning addict. The physical and behavioral signs of a functioning addict may include:

  • Changes in appearance, i.e. dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, unusually heavy eyelids, or eyes that appear glassy
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • A detectable odor of alcohol, strong mouthwash or mints
  • Habitual tardiness and absences
  • Secretive behavior
  • An unusual or inappropriate wardrobe, i.e. wearing long sleeves in the summer to hide track marks
  • Changes in mood, i.e. being unusually emotional, moody or erratic, or reacting to things in an unexpected way
  • Making excuses for their behavior, appearance or mood

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The unfortunate truth about a functioning addict in the family is that they often don’t get the help they need, either because they refuse to admit they have a problem, or because they are successful at hiding their drug use from the people around them. The family dynamics in addiction are especially complicated, particularly when loved ones are left in the dark about a family member’s addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, heroin, painkillers or another type of drug, call our toll-free number today to discuss your treatment options with the substance abuse experts at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services.

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.