Addiction Treatment for Professionals
Professionals and Addiction
Addiction Statistics Among Professionals and Drug Abuse in the Workplace
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When people think of someone with a substance use disorder, the first image that comes to mind is generally not that of a working professional or corporate executive. The stigma that typically surrounds drug and alcohol addiction also applies to the presumption that people with drug and alcohol addictions fall into a particular demographic. The truth is that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of background, job title, or income bracket.
Statistics suggest almost 9% of working adults have a substance use disorder. Specific industries, including those where safety is a key concern, have notably high rates of employees with one or more substance use disorders. Data from the National Safety Council provides a detailed breakdown of substance use disorder rates by occupation.
Construction workers and service workers have the highest addiction rates, with 19% and 15.6%, respectively. At the lower end of the data range are education and health professions, at 8%. Other employment categories, including entertainers, professional athletes, executives, financial professionals, farmers, office workers, and protective service occupations, fall in the middle, with substance use disorder rates between 9.9% and 14%. Occupations with a traditionally high rate of male workers – primarily younger males – have higher rates of substance use disorders.
Alcohol use disorders account for over three-fourths of addiction cases in the United States (6.7%). Many with another substance use disorder also meet the diagnostic criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Other drugs commonly referenced in surveys about substance use disorders in the workplace include marijuana, prescription opioids (painkillers), heroin, cocaine, tranquilizers, and sedatives. Some parts of the country also report problems with methamphetamine and “designer drugs.”
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Research has shown that men are more likely to engage in frequent substance abuse, use drugs in more significant quantities, and become addicted.
According to data from the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 12% of men over the age of 12 meet the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder. This is compared to about 6.5% of females, or approximately half. However, it is essential to note that although men seem statistically more prone to struggle with substance abuse, women are statistically more likely to suffer medical emergencies or death related to overdose. Additionally, men are less likely to seek addiction treatment despite acknowledging a struggle with addiction.
Another option for working professionals is an executive rehab program in Southern California. Executive rehab programs are drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs explicitly designed to meet the treatment needs of professionals who seek help to overcome drug and alcohol abuse. Executive rehabs are treatment programs, generally inpatient programs, that offer therapy with more flexible schedules. They also provide additional benefits and amenities not typically found in a traditional rehab program.
The difference between men and women
What Are the Benefits of a Rehab Program for Professionals?
Executive rehabs or professional rehab programs are designed to help working professionals and high-level executives continue their work while getting help to address drug or alcohol use disorders. Executive rehab programs allow patients to continue working and seeing to their daily obligations. As noted above, executive rehab programs like ours at Laguna View Detox offer benefits and services that differ, sometimes dramatically, from the amenities of a traditional rehab program. Examples include:
- Private rooms
- Access to meeting rooms or conference space
- The ability to meet with clients during the workday
- Wi-Fi access
- Access to personal laptops or computers
- Access to cellular phones
- Luxury settings
- Gourmet meals
- Holistic therapies such as massage therapy and acupressure
- Pools and hot tubs
- Exercise facilities
Although executive rehab programs offer certain high-level benefits and amenities that set them apart from traditional programs, it is still essential to remember that these specialty rehabs still provide comprehensive, effective addiction treatment. At a rehab for professionals, you will have access to a wide range of treatment services, including:
- Peer support groups
- Medically supported detox services
- Evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy
- Co-occurring (dual diagnosis) treatment to address simultaneously occurring mental health concerns
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Post-treatment planning and support
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Are There Rehab Programs for Professionals and Executives in Southern California?
While all rehab programs strive to provide adequate, comprehensive addiction treatment services, not all are designed to address the unique needs of professionals and executives seeking to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. In some cases, business executives who live with the challenges of a drug or alcohol use disorder struggle to justify or rationalize seeking treatment. Many believe because they have not “hit bottom” yet, they don’t need help. Others may think substance use helps them stay on top of their responsibilities.
Executives are often those in positions of control in an organization. It can be challenging for someone with a level of responsibility to admit that an element of your life has evolved beyond your control. It is crucial to remember that seeking help early is the safest and most effective way to take the first steps toward achieving sobriety and lasting recovery. Overcoming addiction requires professional help and support. A successful recovery from drug or alcohol abuse often requires detox, individualized counseling, and ongoing support and guidance from trained addiction treatment professionals.
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Laguna View Detox Offers an Executive Rehab Program in Southern California
Deciding to seek help to defeat addiction is a challenging first step toward recovery. As a working professional or executive, knowing that part of getting the help you need requires being absent from your responsibilities only adds to the challenge. However, studies show seeking comprehensive addiction treatment help at an executive rehab in Southern California is the best way to achieve your treatment goals and start over, free from the hold of drugs and alcohol.
If you are ready to take your first steps towards overcoming a drug or alcohol use disorder, don’t wait another day. Let our experienced, compassionate team of medical and mental health treatment professionals at Laguna View Detox support and guide you on your recovery journey. Contact a member of our admissions team today to learn more about the benefits and treatment services offered at our executive addiction treatment program at our luxury rehab in Laguna, California.