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Interventions for Professionals and ExecutivesSubstance abuse and addiction can affect anyone, but when people think of an addict they are often referring to a stereotypical image of a disheveled person who has hit rock bottom. There are many causes of drug or alcohol abuse, and one common influencing factor is stress. Professionals in a high stress work environment may turn to substance abuse, because stress and pressure are direct triggers of abusive behavior. A person’s job is an important part of that person’s life. Work requires your time, energy and attention, and a job can make you exhausted, depressed or on edge due to the fear of termination. Professionals and executives may turn to drugs or alcohol to escape or to alleviate physical or emotional pain.

Addiction Denial in the Workplace

Denial and defensiveness are common among people abusing drugs or alcohol, and this is no different for professionals or executives. People in high-power positions are less likely to accept help or advice from others and are less likely to ask for help themselves. Even when family, friends or coworkers notice a problem, they may be hesitant to approach a professional individual. They do not want their concerns to be dismissed, or they may fear that talking about addiction could put their own jobs in jeopardy. However if addiction is not addressed, it will continue to grow until the addict no longer is able to control thoughts, feelings and behavior. It will interfere with his or her cognitive abilities, physical health, family life, social relationships and work performance. Having an employee with a substance abuse problem puts other employees in danger and risks harming the organization as a whole.

What Is an Executive or Professional Addiction Intervention?

Most interventions are held by the addict’s family and friends. In an executive or professional intervention family and friends are also welcome, but the intervention is usually requested by an employer. An employer is allowed to request an executive intervention when there is reason to believe than an employee has developed a substance abuse problem and that the problem has begun to interfere with job performance. Because so much time is spent in a professional environment co-workers may see the signs of addiction before family or friends. They may see signs of addiction such as the following:

  • Changes in spending patterns
  • Checks made out to unusual people
  • A loss of interest in business matters
  • Poor performance levels
  • A change in personality, mood and behavior

Many companies include substance abuse treatment in their insurance policies, and an intervention can help an employee take advantage of this coverage so that this valued member of the company can get the help needed to get back on track.

How to Stage an Intervention for a Professional or Executive

Staging an executive or professional intervention can be tricky and may require professional planning and assistance. Intervention specialists are available to make sure the intervention runs smoothly. A poorly run intervention may prevent an addicted person from getting help and can further isolate him or her. A professional intervention can include family and friends, and the goal of any addiction intervention is to get the subject into treatment. Intervention participants will reveal the signs of addiction they have observed, and they will describe how the addiction is negatively affecting their relationship with the addict. Coworkers can also discuss how the addiction is interfering with addict’s job performance, potential and future opportunities.

Get Treatment Information or Intervention Help for Professionals

Are you thinking about staging an intervention? Do you have more questions about addiction treatment and what happens after an intervention? Please call our toll-free helpline now. Our recovery counselors are available 24 hours a day to assist you in your search for addictions solutions. We can connect you to quality addiction treatment services and will help you with all of your questions and needs. Call us now.