The Ridge knows that it’s not uncommon for a professional—that is, a doctor, lawyer, business person, etc.—to find themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol. Even so, many professionals don’t like to admit that drug addiction is a problem in their community. Lucky for them the very same status and responsibility that makes them hide their addiction is arguably their biggest asset in recovery!
Most people don’t think of professionals when they think of a drug addict. Addicted professionals can feel ashamed of their disease because of this. They think “I’m not the drug addict type,” not aware that addiction doesn’t discriminate. They feel guilty that their behavior isn’t up to the standard expected of someone in their position, and that their addiction is going to make them lose their job, status, and prestige they spent years earning. On one hand, these thoughts misunderstand the nature of addiction as a disease, rather than a choice, but on the other, they correctly judge the destructive potential of addiction and have an increased likelihood of seeking help.
In drug rehabilitation centers, professionalism and drive are some of the best traits a recovering addict can have. Drug rehab is most effective with a cooperative patient who is fully committed to doing whatever it takes to recover. People like doctors or lawyers already have experience applying vast amounts of mental resources to achieve difficult tasks, so they’re used to making the kind of effort required to make rehabilitation work to its full potential.
Considering drug treatment for yourself or someone you know? The Ridge is a highly-accredited and certified facility that treats addiction every step of the way, from intervention to aftercare.