The best leaders in the world are driven, dedicated, and outside-the-box thinkers but are generally wired differently. Many people suggest “C-Suite” executives may be more self focused than others but there are likely other reasons for why these high-powered achievers are wired differently. The correlation that exists for C-Suite executives and substance abuse likely plays out in how the brain operates and seeks pleasure and rewards.
Prevalence of Abuse
The prevalence of substance abuse amongst CEOs is hard to gauge because it is underground. If you are a C-Suite executive, you are less likely to check into rehab. Prescription addiction is on the rise with executives and may seek help when the home life starts to fall apart before it affects work performance. Lots of executives seek to conceal what is going on behind the scenes. Outside consultants and interventionists can support C-Suite executives in making important decisions about health and moving forward with plans to take action that is healthy.
For people who are functioning at high performance levels, there is often the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ people want to know if drinking is not a problem, why fix it but the answer is that drinking behavior may be out of control and you don’t even know it. The underlying reasons for drinking too much are not getting addressed and will only cause continual problems until they are figured out. Treatment options for high functioning performers in the C-Suite are hard because of trust issues. Successful treatment is possible when you are able to trust the people you go to for help. Active listening is important because high level performers are typically problem solvers. When an executive feels heard, he or she is likely to feel more comfortable seeking help.
While addiction may be somewhat common among high achievers, when compared to the general population, it is not any more acceptable. It is important to feel safe and heard when coping with the reality of addiction, no matter what your job or title. Creating a culture where it is appropriate to recognize addiction for what it is and that it is okay to seek help is the key to recovery. People who are high-achievers are excellent listeners. The best way to cope with addiction is learning new ways of coping with stress and dissatisfaction while maintaining a positive, healthy lifestyle that does not involve the use of drugs or alcohol. Executive and professional addiction treatment at Oceanfront Recovery has been designed with flexibility to allow you to engage fully in treatment while maintaining your work obligations. We provide a pathway to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction tailored to meet your needs where you are so you feel valued and heard as you receive the resources and treatment you need to heal. Call us if you are ready to take that next step: 877-296-7477