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How to Approach Addiction Recovery as an Executive

Anyone who has made it to an executive role in a company has worked hard, making sacrifices along the way. For many executives, work/life balance is simply unattainable. Work always seems to take over. As such, they start using alcohol and substances to deal with stress or to give them a boost.

Addiction Recovery as an Executive

Addiction is therefore not unheard of among executives, nor is it rare. Many executives are starting recovery or have gone to rehab. Unfortunately, because of the stigma still associated with addiction, few executives are willing to admit this. If you’re an executive, you may fear that disclosing your addiction will impact your standing among shareholders, peers, clients, and everyone in between.

Addiction recovery for executives requires a balance, but the good news is that many have found that balance before you. The fact is that, while executives run the risk of becoming addicted to substances, they often have the personality traits that best facilitate recovery.

Here is how addiction recovery for executives is approached.

The Same Core Program:

Your life may be very different to that of other people in rehab, but people are people. Everyone experiences the same emotions, even if the context seems entirely different. For this reason, the program provided to executives is the same as that offered to everyone else.

This does not mean it is not customised to fit your circumstances. In a good rehab center, therapists work individually with clients to make sure that they can each take the foundations back into their regular lives. This is true whether that person is a CEO or a janitor.


The differences become apparent when it comes to the conditions of your stay in a rehab. Since you are indispensable in your role, it may not be possible for you to take a month off from work. At the very least, you will need to be available for queries from your colleagues and staff.

Rehabs for executives understand this and allow you flexibility in how you experience the program. You may not have to come in every single day, and you may be given the opportunity to work remotely. Instead of focusing entirely on your recovery, you have the chance to get the minimum work required done.


Perhaps the main concern for most executives who go to rehab is privacy. You may not be able to disclose to others that you are attending rehab. In fact, you may fear facing significant career road bumps if people find out you went to rehab.

Privacy is important for everyone who goes to rehab, and everything is confidential. That said, if you fear people will recognize you because of your position at a big company, you may be given more flexibility. Rather than participating in groups, you may be able to get individual sessions with the same training.

As an executive, you face specific needs when it comes to recovery. The good news is that many executives have successfully gone through rehab. Upon request, you will find the flexibility you need to get treatment without compromising your position.

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