Many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol manage to hold onto their jobs. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about half of all addicted people 18 or older had a fulltime job in 2010. Sometimes, these people leave their work behind in order to deal with their addiction issues, and when they’re well once more, they enter the job market with renewed vigor. There are times, however, when work responsibilities can’t be pushed to the back burner, even though an addiction is in play. People in this situation might need the help of an executive rehab center, and they might need to do just a little extra work in order to ensure that the facility they choose is designed to address the specific concerns they face.
Starting With Doctors
Addictions are sometimes diagnosed in a doctor’s appointment, and it might be reasonable to ask that medical professional for help in finding an executive rehab center. The doctor might know exactly what kind of help the person might need in order to recover, and the doctor might even have connections with local rehab facilities that could provide vital help. There are some pitfalls to starting a search with a doctor, however.
According to research quoted in the journal Academic Medicine, the average student attending a four-year medical school spends about 12 hours of class time on issues relating to addiction. Some physicians augment their knowledge when they leave the classroom, of course, but some medical professionals may not have the time to really research all the treatment options available, and they may not know where to begin when it comes to executive rehab programs. It’s a niche market, in some ways, and doctors may not have the time to pull together a database of care options available across the country. While starting a conversation with the doctor about addiction is always a good idea, the search shouldn’t end here, as it’s clear that doctors may not have the full suite of knowledge that might allow them to really guide their clients on executive rehab options.
Many people hop online when they’re faced with a health care question, and according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about half of all online health inquiries are performed on behalf of another person. It’s clear that the Internet is becoming a recognized tool people can use in order to find solutions to their health care concerns, as well as the concerns faced by their loved ones, and it can be an important resource for people who want to handle an addiction issue via an executive rehab center.
Many executive treatment facilities create websites in which they outline their treatment philosophies and the benefits they offer clients. Finding these facilities might be as easy as running a search using one of these terms:
- Executive rehab
- Business rehab
- Working rehab
- Work during rehab
- Rehab for professionals
Once a few facilities have been identified, families can call and ask for more information about the specific care they need. Some families might discuss issues concerning payment, while others might have questions regarding program availability and accessibility.
Some people access insurance programs in order to pay for addiction care, and these people might call their carriers and ask for a list of programs that can provide services covered through the plan. An insurance company might not keep a list of executive rehab programs, and it might not be able to outline why one program might be better for working people when compared to another, but the company might be able to give families a list of programs they can research, and with a few phone calls, people might be able to get the information they need.
Employee assistance programs, or EAPs, might also provide addiction care, and according to experts quoted in an article produced by NBC News, calls to EAP programs increased by about 6.6 percent in 2009, with no end in sight. People are beginning to recognize that addictions can impact their ability to work, and as they make this discovery, they’re reaching out for help through company-sponsored programs. An EAP might have a list of executive programs available, or the EAP might just provide a list the family can use as they conduct their own research.
We Can Help
At Axis, we work hard to accommodate the needs of busy executives. Our primary focus is on healing, and we try to help everyone in our care to leave their addictions behind them, but we recognize that work can be so important to some people that they simply cannot heal without maintaining ties to their companies. Our customized approach to addiction might help people to do just that. If you’d like to find out more about this, please contact us.