For those who work in the tech industry, pressure is the name of the game: pressure to come up with the next great thing, pressure to outpace copycat competitors, pressure to get on top – or stay on top once there.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, it’s not a challenge that everyone is rising to gracefully. Rather, abuse of illicit substances, including cocaine and heroin as well as legal substances like prescription stimulants and painkillers, is a growing problem among tech workers.
The good news? Many utilize the services of executive rehab programs in order to regain control of their health while continuing to be active in their careers. With the right treatment program personalized to meet the needs of a working executive, a person doesn’t have to lose their career in order to regain control of their life.
Not every drug rehab program is a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all prison that disallows its residents to take part in life. Rather, certain high-end treatment programs with the resources to provide individualized treatment for patients can help those who are still active in their careers to stay in touch at work as they progress in recovery.
Anonymity in Treatment
Unfortunately, in Silicon Valley, there is a great deal of pressure to not only produce incredible results but also to do so rapidly. Many end up staying up for days at a time to complete projects on tight deadlines, turning to crystal meth, cocaine, and stimulant pills when coffee and energy drinks no longer do the job. Though a number of the larger companies offer counseling to employees in need, many who need help fear that they will be found out and don’t take advantage of those services. At a drug rehab program, however, employees can characterize their absence at work as a “vacation” and stay in touch as necessary to maintain their medical privacy.
Perhaps one of the most effective recovery tools after treatment is the utilization of a sobriety coach, especially for those who must immediately return to their hectic and pressurized work life. Sobriety coaches can accompany the person in recovery to social work events, remain on standby to assist them should they be tempted to get high, and meet with them regularly to check in on their progress. This high level of support after treatment can help to increase the chances of avoiding relapse in recovery.
If you are a “functional addict” and have managed to maintain your career despite an addiction, don’t risk losing it all by avoiding treatment for another day. Contact us at Alta Mira now and find out how we can work with you to get you the help you need to recover.