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Treating Alcohol, Cocaine, and Narcotics Addiction at Headwaters – Executive Addiction Recovery Center

Oct 13, 2020

Often unseen, substance abuse within any socioeconomic status can be harmful, if not detrimental, to several aspects of an individual’s life. The reasons for substance abuse can be many- from daily life stressors, to unmanageable pain.

Treating substance abuse and addiction requires taking into account the entirety of a person’s life, including their responsibilities, jobs, families, relationships, and personal lifestyle. Headwaters, an exclusive substance abuse rehab center for executives, understands the demanding needs and responsibilities of individuals with high-pressure jobs that require the need to take care of daily executive functions (I.e., CEOs, entrepreneurs, lawyers, etc.), and provides a safe, confidential environment with several addiction treatment options for those that seek to balance their professional responsibilities and their recovery.

While Headwaters treats all types of addictions, here are the three most common substance abuse among high-profile individuals.

If you or a loved one need help, call our admissions team today at 561-270-1753.


According to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the physical effects of drinking too much alcohol vary from individual to individual. Factors influencing a person’s response to alcohol include frequency of use, age, amount of alcohol consumed, family history, and present health status.

While some people may handle a drink or two without experiencing too many side effects, those that consume alcohol in large quantities frequently, may experience a wide range of adverse reactions from drinking heavily, including:

  • Mood and behavioral changes
  • Physical coordination issues
  • Cardiac concerns, including heart attack and strokes
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatic inflammation
  • Dangerous withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol can also affect the immune system suppressing its defense system (the gut barrier) against pathogens, making some individuals more prone to illnesses like the flu, pneumonia, or COVID-19. Heavy alcohol consumption can also lead to development of cancers of the breast, liver, head, neck, esophageal, and colorectal areas.


Cocaine, a type of narcotic, is highly addictive stimulant taken for its euphoric properties. It is made from leaves of the cocoa plant. The potent white powder or crystals of cocaine can be snorted, injected, or smoked and cause many immediate physical reactions in the user that are often considered desirable, including increased energy and alertness.

Adverse reactions to cocaine usage, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Panic

Some of the more severe adverse reactions to use of cocaine include erratic or violent outbursts, psychosis, heart arrhythmias, including cardiac arrest, stroke, seizure, and coma-induction. Long-term health effects of cocaine usage may include nasal and olfactory damage and trouble swallowing from snorting, lung damage from snorting, and increased risk of infectious diseases, hepatitis, and HIV from sharing needles.


Also known as opioids, narcotics are prescription medications used legally for various reasons, including to control pain, induce sleep, help stop diarrhea, and reduce coughing. Their desirable effects of relieving tension, anxiety, and aggression can quickly become addictive to a user.

Illegal narcotics are those that are sold against governmental laws. One of the most common illegal narcotics is heroin. The side effects of misusing both medical prescriptions and illegal narcotics are similar.

Some examples of often misused narcotics are pharmaceuticals such as codeine, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, OxyContin, and Vicodin. Physical effects of narcotic misuse by smoking, sniffing, swallowing, or injecting include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Death

The misuse of all three of these substances can be detrimental to one’s health, but understanding the root causes of addiction is central to beginning the recovery journey. Headwaters offers individuals with high-profile jobs a complete recovery program designed to assist them manage their executive functions while receiving the best care possible.

Headwaters successfully helps people recover using several proven methods.

Headwaters was created to meet the demand for comprehensive addiction treatment for male and female professionals recovering from alcohol, cocaine, and narcotic substance use disorders. With discrete and exclusive private accommodations, extensive weekly individual therapy sessions, and flexible access to phones and computers to accommodate both work and family demands, Headwaters is committed to helping executives recover in total comfort. From early one-on-one assessments to treatment planning and client amenities that meet the most discerning standards, every treatment step at Headwaters is individualized and personalized, while professional discretion is always a priority.

Our integrated team approach to treating alcohol, cocaine, and narcotic addictions involves therapists and licensed medical professionals, all with the highest credentials and training.

Medical Care

Our professionals eliminate the toll that substances take on the body using safe and effective medical detoxification. Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) with a level 3.7 accreditation, our Florida facility operates at the highest standards. We medically address a range of withdrawal symptoms such as depression, fatigue, and appetite changes.

Trauma-Based Therapies

Many people using these substances have underlying trauma. Trauma therapies at Headwaters include both group process and individual therapy sessions. We use treatment principles like:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Advanced Psychological Testing

We rule out and address co-occurring or psychiatric disorders that accompany substance use like anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and many more. Headwaters’ clinical psychologists utilize advanced psychological testing such as Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic (MBMD), Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MMCI), PsychEval Personality Questionnaire (PEP-Q), and Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM).

Mindfulness Training

Through meditation training sessions that include positive affirmations and assertiveness training, we help male and female professionals regain their center. Our Headwaters meditation programming includes Transcendental Meditation. We also offer a sensory deprivation chamber to help our clients improve their contemplative practice.

Family Programming

We understand Headwaters’ professional clientele’s unique family systems that often include expanded spheres of influence, which reach beyond the biological family. Because of this, our family programming is flexible enough to encompass attorney and business partners who are crucial to our clients’ long-term recovery success.

About Headwaters

Headwaters is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 561-270-1753.

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