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Five Challenges for the Executive in Treatment

Jul 6, 2020

Treatment is not a one-size-fits-all approach to a substance use disorder, and differing needs require programs designed specifically to address the challenges of a particular group. One of those groups consists of executives and other high-profile individuals seeking recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Today, let’s look at five challenges for the executive in treatment and how their unique set of needs can be met.

Executives seeking treatment for substance use disorders face some unique challenges when considering the available options. The need for anonymity and privacy are a high priority to protect their reputation and careers, and a need for flexibility in scheduling is often another priority to allow an executive to continue to interface with their company through electronic devices. Facilities offering treatment with personalized service for executives may include dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders as well as a list of amenities suited to an executive’s lifestyle. 

Types of Addictions Among Executives

Substance use disorders among executives and other high-profile individuals cover a wide range of types. For some executives, it may be a single addiction, such as alcohol addiction. For others, it may be a polysubstance abuse as they turn to different drugs to respond to different circumstances throughout the day, perhaps using stimulants to maintain long hours at the office followed by depressants to attempt to sleep at night.

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Opioid addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Benzodiazepine addiction
  • Meth addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Painkiller addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Polysubstance addiction
  • Other drug addictions

Five Challenges for An Executive in Treatment

1. An executive requires anonymity in treatment.

A high profile individual running an organization is a leader whose reputation is a critically important piece of the success of their company and should not be sacrificed or compromised when they’re seeking treatment. Anonymity allows an executive to focus on the treatment needed to allow them to return to work and the aftercare plan to sustain sobriety in a demanding environment.

2. An executive requires privacy during the treatment period.

Within and outside of clinical sessions, privacy is essential for an executive in treatment. Privacy at exceptional facilities includes separate living quarters with amenities in place so executives can rest, relax, and remain focused on their recovery without distractions. Self-care activities, including massages and yoga sessions, can be enjoyed in private settings as well.

3. An executive needs greater flexibility in scheduling during treatment.

For the executive wanting to maintain a “presence” at work while participating in a private treatment program, the ability to receive treatment and still conduct business through phone, email, and video meetings is extremely valuable. Personalized service for the executive patient makes this possible with allowances for interfacing with work through devices, giving the patient an opportunity to practice balancing daily work demands and self-care. Executives can even make disconnecting from the digital world part of their treatment plan.

4. An executive benefits from maintaining key aspects of their lifestyle during treatment.

The availability of top-notch amenities is another aspect of exceptional treatment facilities for executives. These accommodations include access to spa outings, fine dining, personal training sessions, and much more, all in a scenic, private setting. These amenities, chosen to match the lifestyle of the executive in treatment, provides some familiar comfort and care around the ongoing intensive clinical sessions.

5. An executive benefits from a treatment program staffed with professionals who are experienced in working with high-profile individuals.

A successful executive always seeks other exceptional people in their field and those relationships grow from being both fruitful and coming from a place of mutual understanding. When needing treatment for a substance use disorder, an executive sets the same high standard for identifying addiction treatment teams with expertise and experience in working with high-profile patients. These teams consist of masters-level therapists, doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists trained in supporting executives with substance use disorders as well as co-occurring disorders, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

HeadWaters Origins 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 renown 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: 844-439-2837.

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