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 that the very same status and responsibility than 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 the the standard expected of someone in their position, and that their addiction is going to make them lose them the 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 an addiction and have 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.
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Professionals also have much more to lose than the average person—losing their jobs means losing something they’ve worked for decades to get, their high-pressure obligations leave dozens of people depending on them, and their considerable wealth means they have a lot more money to lose to a drug habit if the addiction went unchecked. This gives them a huge motivation to get clean at drug rehabilitation centers. And it works, too! The Ridge has found that a white-collar professional struggling with drug addiction is far more likely to get sober and stay sober than the average person. So while a professional might not expect to find themselves suffering from addiction, at least they can take solace in the fact that they are well-equipped to fight it.