Addiction and substance use disorders affect many people, as substance use does not discriminate. Each year, millions of adults in the U.S. are affected by addiction or substance use, with more than one-third of those individuals also struggling with a co-occurring mental disorder.
Professionals, or people in professional positions in the workplace, are not exempt from addiction. The disease does not account for a person’s social or work status, financial standing, or other economic factors. It impacts the lives of many people for several reasons.
People in professional positions have a lot of responsibilities. They also may endure quite a bit of stress daily and have an increased risk for substance misuse.
Inpatient executive programs allow professionals to seek treatment in a private, secure environment while working online or by phone as needed. However, they will receive the highest level of care in addiction treatment. Outpatient programs allow professionals to discreetly continue treatment after completing an inpatient program to ensure continued recovery success.
While there are many options for addiction treatment programs for professionals, the best will provide several components that are key to success in recovery, such as:
While the needs of each professional in addiction treatment may differ, every person needs the skills and resources necessary to enter recovery.
Standard, inpatient addiction treatment programs are private by nature, with individuals attending treatment for a specified length of time. During treatment, they remain on-site at the drug and alcohol rehab center for the duration of treatment. They will also have limited access to friends, family members, and personal items.
Inpatient executive treatment programs tend to be even more private. Professionals need the insurance of an exclusive healing location and a secluded healing environment that allows for full immersion into addiction treatment.
Furthermore, many people entering an executive rehab program cannot simply walk away from their position for 30 days or more. Executive treatment allows professionals to log in online to participate in work duties when necessary while keeping the person remote so they can still focus the majority of their attention on healing.
Executive rehab programs often begin with detoxification. Some professionals may need medically supervised detoxification, as many have access to highly addictive drugs, particularly those professionals in the medical field.
Doctors may have access to some of the most addicting drugs in the industry, including benzodiazepines and prescription opioids. Times of high stress and workplace triggers may lead these individuals to recreationally use these drugs, which can quickly lead to dependence.
For those who need it, executive detoxification programs can help individuals taper off the use of such drugs and prepare for inpatient treatment. They will learn the skills and stress management techniques to manage addiction long-term. Medically supervised detox treats the physical aspects of addiction and should always continue with a formal addiction treatment program.
Inpatient executive rehab programs vary in length. The amount of time a professional will spend on treatment will usually be decided before treatment by a team of medical professionals, clinicians, and the patient.
Due to the higher level of treatment, seclusion, and numerous treatments offered, drug and alcohol treatment for professionals may be more costly than a standard inpatient program. However, many resources are in place to help a person secure treatment, including personal loans, private scholarships, and grants.
Once a person has completed detox and nears the end of their inpatient program, most drug rehab centers will provide them with local resources for aftercare, such as outpatient programs, access to alumni activities, and connections to foster a life of sobriety.
In addition to access to work-related needs, such as phones, fax machines, and computers, people in executive rehab programs have access to a multitude of treatments for a comprehensive approach to recovery.
The exact types of treatments offered will vary by the professional rehab center, but some include:
Medications can be offered to help individuals taper off the use of drugs or to manage long-term withdrawal symptoms during treatment. This method is known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and is always paired alongside behavioral and other therapies for a well-rounded start to recovery.
It may be appealing to a person in a professional position to look into outpatient programs or those which do not require them to leave home or work for treatment. These programs take place in community health centers, hospitals, and other locations, and the person attends treatment for a specified number of hours, certain days of the week for several weeks or months.
This arrangement may seem like the perfect fit for some. Still, it may not offer the structure and environment necessary to help an individual overcome physical dependence and learn to manage addiction. Addiction is a disease known to be plagued by relapse, which means treatment must be intense and focused, and outpatient programs do not always offer this level of intensity.
Some may be worried that they will lose their job while seeking addiction treatment, but there are ways to ensure you can keep your position and still get the help you need. Many workplaces have programs to ensure employees get the help they need to treat problems like substance use and addiction.
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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.
Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.
I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.