How is Addiction Diagnosed Medically?

Addiction is recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as Substance Use Disorders. These disorders vary based on the specific substance one is using, as well as the severity of the problem. The current edition of the DSM no longer uses the terms “substance abuse” and “substance dependence.” Rather,…

What is Enabling?

When a loved one is struggling with addiction or alcoholism, we want to be as supportive as possible. However, sometimes our love can cause us to hurt them rather than help them. Our attempts to support them can turn into enabling behavior, which exacerbates the nature of their addiction. If someone in a state of…

How Can I Best Support a Loved One in Addiction?

When a loved one begins falling deeper and deeper into the dangerous life of addiction, we are often left searching for answers as to how to help them embrace a life of sobriety. Our judgement is often clouded by our relationship with the individual and the love we have for them, and we may find…

Let’s Talk About Safeguarding Executives Against Addiction

Businesses generally have plans in place for crisis situations but that does not protect from every possible thing that may happen. Employment Assistance Programs can provide employees space to deal with personal matters, typically psychological issues, including depression. Creating an intervention plan to help safeguard employees, including executives, against addiction can be very helpful. Addiction…

Why Addiction Needs to Be Addressed in the C-Suite

Addiction for c-suite executives is difficult to address but is necessary if you are to find a healthy balance at work and in life. Professionals often do not take addiction issues serious enough and this can cause problems down the road. Learn more about addiction needs for c-suite executives and how to promote a healthy…

If You’re a Professional, You are More Likely to Struggle with Addiction: Here’s Why

Employees who work in hospitality and recreation industries report higher instances of abuse and drugs as well as construction workers. As a professional, it is more likely you will struggle with addiction than other people for myriad reasons. Substance abuse contributes to loss of productivity, injuries, accidents, and increased rates of illness. The economic losses…

Can Digital Detox Help Executives Perform Better?

Executives work long hours for long stretches of time and it can feel like there is no ‘off’ button. In the C-suite, work can feel like a job that requires an on switch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Work-life balance is mentioned a lot lately regarding workflow and home life. Digital detox…

Are the Brains of C-Suite Executives More Wired for Addiction?

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…

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Emotional Healing In Addiction Recovery

How can someone avoid addiction relapse? By knowing and planning for the stages of relapse: emotional, mental, and physical. Self-care is the biggest step toward emotional healing in addiction recovery. It may sound like jargon, but it’s actually a meticulous therapeutic process made up of lots of small, calculated steps. When you’re stressed, frustration, or…

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Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

Addiction and mental health issues usually go together. Someone suffering from an addiction is twice as likely to suffer from at least one more mental health issue; and vice versa. Co-occurring disorders are now a common diagnosis in the medical field; the recognition is somewhat new but undeniably important. If a person with depression and…