White-Collar Addiction

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Any person who has succeeded in a competitive, demanding career knows the obstacles and pressures they’ve had to survive. Overcoming these obstacles can be euphoric but failing can lead to deep disappointment and even setbacks such as loss of position or financial penalties. It can be tempting to hide from these setbacks in alcohol or drugs but yielding to that temptation simply speeds one’s slide into self-destruction.

Every year, there are professionals who gave in to that temptation and who are now at risk of losing everything. What they need is a rehabilitation program that not only understands what they have been through but knows how to help them construct new, stable, productive lives.

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What Professions are Hardest Hit?

The list of these pressure-cooker professions is long:

  • Lawyers
  • Bankers and investment managers
  • Doctors (especially surgeons)
  • Performers
  • Professional athletes
  • Salesmen and sales managers
  • Programmers
  • Airline pilots
  • Executives, in particular, C-Suite
  • Elected and appointed public servants
  • Musicians, actors, dancers and other performers

If your career is not listed here, don’t feel left out. Any business has highly challenging positions, from manufacturing all the way through the military and service industries.

Many of these jobs require years of education and practice. After all this investment, any failure hits hard. The ruthless competition to get the best assignments, the plum roles, the promotion can tear the heart out of you.

High-pressure jobs are often hard on families, too, because of the long hours, days and weeks away from home. If a marriage fails and the children are moved away from the home, loneliness can be a brand-new motivation to escape into drinks or dope—a story that is all too common unfortunately—as told by one an addict and lawyer’s ex-wife.

But that choice of escape to just get a little relaxation or stress relief makes the next day’s work a little harder because now, one it is a little hung over or feels sick from the indulgence of the day before. One’s performance is more than a little off—just when it’s vital to be sharp and quick. All too often a person may reach for an amphetamine or other drug to help get them through the day.

This is the beginning of a career-ending dwindling spiral.

Restoring the Enjoyment of Life and Career

Any time spent addicted to drugs or alcohol dulls your ability to handle life. Your self-respect has taken a beating and your confidence may be shot. Real recovery involves working through educational and rehabilitative steps that bring back your self-esteem and help build life skills you can use to cope with family and professional stresses.

If drug or alcohol abuse has you on the way down, it’s vital to find a recovery program that can bring back your ability to pursue professional accomplishment and career success. You need a rehab program that doesn’t send you home with a handful of pills that leave you groggy. You need one that restores your ability to enjoy the demands of a productive life, once again at the top of your game.

At Narconon Ojai, we are dedicated to helping professionals of all types return to their lives ready to meet their challenges without a need for drugs or alcohol. Each person learns how to preserve their own integrity despite conflicts. As a result of the life skills training on the Narconon drug rehab program, a graduate leaves with a better understanding of how to persist through obstacles to achieve their own goals.

This is a drug-free rehabilitation program. If you or someone you care about needs assistance with a drug or alcohol problem, call us. We can help.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.