Many business professionals and executives suffer from alcoholism and/or drug addiction. This can cause problems in their career and in their organization. Those under the influence of alcohol or unprescribed medications become less productive, incur more injuries, and often an additional result in increased health insurance claims. Many companies face huge losses when employees’ substance abuse isn’t addressed. The economic and human resources impact from the challenges arising from issues around substance abuse, can range from safety to performance and negatively impact coworkers and family members.
Where do professional athletes go for help when they need treatment for alcoholism or other addictions? What resources are available to help athletes with their addictions? Is there a recovery expert that understands their profession and their lifestyle? What type of help is available that addresses the recovery needs of an athlete? Are there confidential and discreet recovery treatment options?
Have you ever heard the term “high-functioning addict” or “functioning alcoholic”? There’s a good possibility you know one, and don’t realize it. Functioning alcoholics and addicts are people that can hide their addictions by appearing to “have it together”. We often associate addiction with someone who has “hit rock bottom” and cannot function although, most of the time that’s not the case. A person can suffer from addiction while living what appears to be a normal life. This article addresses what it means to be a high-functioning alcoholic or a high functioning addict and recommends appropriate treatment.
After completing my second summer in Arizona, I now understand the many benefits of sunshine. Needless to say, Arizonians talk about the sunshine a lot and how hot things get in this state. The weather patterns are: Hot, Extremely Hot, Kinda Hot, and thank God for the cool break, and then Hot again. Coming from the East coast, seasonal changes are much more distinct with drastic changes in the weather conditions, many of which are unfavorable, such as, limited availability of sunshine and natural light and cold and rainy conditions which negatively impact mental health.
Topics: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Are you aware of the economic toll the opioid crisis is causing in our country?
The cost of the country’s opioid crisis is estimated to have exceeded $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017, and is projected to cost an additional $500 billion by 2020, according to analysis released by Altarum, a nonprofit health research and consulting institute.
Are you aware of the prevalence of executives and professionals with substance use disorder?
Data from a 2015 SAMHSA report reveals that:
Of the individuals employed in the management sector (e.g., business executives and other managers), 11.4 percent had a diagnosis of a substance use disorder within the year prior to the survey.
In spring 2018, Google updated its healthcare and medicines policy to restrict advertising for recovery oriented services for drug and alcohol addiction. This policy now applies globally, across all accounts that advertise addiction treatment services. In the following year, Facebook and Bing adopted similar policies.