Worried executives sometimes use alcohol to avoid the stress.

Helping Professionals Get Back on their Feet after Addiction

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 that 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.

Which 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 to the military and service industries.

An overly stressed executive.

Many of these jobs require years of education and practice. After all this investment, failure hits hard. The ruthless competition to get the best assignments or land the big accounts or 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 have moved away from the home, loneliness can be a brand-new motivation to escape into drinks or dope.

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.

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 life skills. 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 build in new abilities 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.

A person who has the life skills to cope with stress can be successful.

Whether a person is a CEO or a college student, the route back to sobriety requires the same kind of help. Each person must recover from the physical and emotional trauma resulting from the years spent addicted and gain new sober-living skills. He (or she) must learn how to preserve his 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 prepares a CEO, a full-time parent or a college student for the choices that must be made to preserve their sobriety through the years to come.

Narconon is a 100% drug-free rehabilitation program. If you or someone you care about needs assistance being at the top of their game once again, call us. We can help.



For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.