High-profile, high-stress jobs come with challenges. Many jobs are stressful, leaving people trying to find ways to decompress after a day of work. The socially accepted customs of happy hour after work or retreating home to a glass of alcohol are controllable for some. In contrast, others can’t stop using a substance once they start. The risk of substance use affecting work-life balance increases as use increases.
People in high-profile jobs who choose to go to substance addiction treatment require additional steps to keep their addiction private. While the wish to remain private is understandable, the relationship between work and privacy creates additional stress in their lives. Working with those in high-profile positions requires sensitivity to their needs and the demands of their careers.
Private Substance Addiction for Public Figures
Alcohol and drug abuse impact people in all types of jobs. The first step to substance addiction recovery is entering a detoxification (detox) program. A medically supervised detox program ensures your clients receive the respect and privacy needed while withdrawing from substances. Whether a client is a celebrity or a CEO, they deserve peace. However, while many can enter a substance addiction program without others knowing, those in high-profile positions are often scrutinized. For this reason, it is essential to offer private, secure options for those who want to stop abusing substances.
The threat of being photographed at or news leaking of their substance addiction treatment can make it difficult to enter and remain in a treatment program. In addition, executives may not want their board or other high-level employees knowing they are in treatment for substance addiction. For these reasons, small treatment centers fit clients’ security and privacy needs. In some cases, after a client leaves detox, they may benefit from at-home alcohol or drug treatment.
Once a client completes active substance addiction treatment, they can continue their care by participating in an aftercare program. The confidential nature of a 12-Step program can ensure your client remains anonymous, but they may not feel comfortable going to group meetings. Instead, help them find closed, private sessions with others in similar positions.
Not everyone benefits from a 12-Step program. Some executives and celebrities may not like the narrow definition of sobriety. They may feel more comfortable participating in groups focused on sobriety but understand minor setbacks. Some of these groups don’t view one drink of alcohol or use of a drug as a relapse. Your client may find comfort in knowing they can talk to others who share similar experiences and viewpoints.
Stress on the job is not exclusive to those in positions of power or fame. However, those positions carry unique responsibilities for themselves and others. Celebrities are scrutinized and dissected. Their jobs can make them role models to many, but unfortunately, some will vilify celebrities if they don’t live up to their perceived image. Whether they are open about their recovery or not, they face extreme pressure.
CEOs and other high-power executives also face intense inquires about their mental and physical fitness. Many are leading multi-million dollar international companies through various global situations. Some may seek to remove them from power if they think a weakness could jeopardize the company. As a result, the pressure to perform and remain sober is intense.
Maintaining Sobriety on Their Terms
Substance addiction treatment programs educate people about their triggers and any underlying causes of alcohol or drug abuse. Those in high-profile, high-stress jobs can benefit from learning coping skills tailored for their situation. First, before receiving this care, holistic therapies can create a healthy foundation.
Some therapies are more accessible to incorporate into a high-profile lifestyle than others. Some of those therapies include:
- Establishing an exercise routine. A perk of a high-power or profile job is the salary that comes with it. That salary creates ease of access to private trainers. Help your client set up a schedule with a trainer who can come to their private home or office. The obligation of having an appointment at a set time may help develop a healthy routine. Since exercise is proven to reduce mental health disorders and decrease the risk of addiction, you can encourage your client to try activities like yoga, cycling, or surfing. The more activities they try, the more likely they will find one that works for them.
- Healthy eating that improves brain function and overall health. Set aside time to discuss the possibility of hiring a personal chef to help your client keep their eating habits healthy.
- Being honest with themselves because it is vital to recovery. When your client admits to having a problem and is open to engaging in long-term recovery practices, they may find their sobriety sticks.
All jobs have some level of stress that affects mental and physical well-being. There are, however, some jobs categorized as having higher than normal stress levels. For example, celebrities and high-level executives are under continuous scrutiny and try to cope with the pressure of maintaining an image or financial position. Some stars have a public image that doesn’t reflect their values, but the image is what sells their brand. High-level executives face the pressure of running a multi-national business while pleasing investors and board members. The stress of meeting everyone else’s needs takes its toll. Some turn to alcohol or drugs to help them cope with the pressures. Alta Centers, nestled next to the Hollywood sign, offers a private, luxurious detox center for those who require an extra layer of security. Our staff provides inclusive care ensuring your client’s health and safety during the withdrawal process. For more information about our services and philosophy, call (888) 202-2583.