Managing Your Recovery from Addiction: A Guide for Executives, Senior Managers, and Other Professionals

Managing Your Recovery from Addiction: A Guide for Executives, Senior Managers, and Other Professionals

Managing Your Recovery from Addiction: A Guide for Executives, Senior Managers, and Other Professionals

Managing Your Recovery from Addiction: A Guide for Executives, Senior Managers, and Other Professionals


Learn how to get sober--and stay that way

Getting and staying sober provides a special set of challenges for professional people--physicians, lawyers, corporate CEOs, accountants, and others--who drive themselves to achieve and succeed in high-pressure surroundings. Managing Your Recovery from Addiction applies business approaches and ideas to the process of planning, implementing, and carrying out programs that really work for professionals in their first year of recovery. This unique self-help book provides guidance to impaired executives and professionals seeking recovery through inpatient and outpatient care, setting strategies for managing conflict, dealing with changing emotions and moods, and developing a solid spiritual program.

Managing Your Recovery from Addiction helps professionals develop both short- and long-term programs for dealing with the challenges of maintaining sobriety. The book is based on the authors' extensive experience treating impaired business personnel in a variety of settings, including the Caron Treatment Centers and Lifeworks of London, England, an internationally recognized addictions treatment center. Their rational, scientific approach complements ongoing counseling and other treatment approaches to help keep the professional's career on track, saving the recovering individual--and his or her employer--significant time and money due to lower productivity, arrested organizational development, absenteeism, and other problems associated with professional level addiction.

Topics examined in Managing Your Recovery from Addiction include:
  • a unique view of the 12 Steps for business personnel
  • the dynamics of managerial addiction
  • essential information to prevent relapse to active addiction
  • coping with relapse
  • basic tasks and fundamental recovery steps
  • setting and tracking recovery goals
  • recovery stages
  • 10 tasks to recovery
  • conflict management strategies
  • spiritual development
  • addictions treatment
  • and much more!
Managing Your Recovery from Addiction concludes with the O'Connell Dysfunctional Attitude Survey (ODAS). This book is vital for recovering executives and professionals and is an important resource for addictions and mental health treatment agencies that serve a professional population. It's equally helpful for employee assistance program (EAP) personnel who regularly refer professionals for addictions treatment.


Addiction, as the saying goes, is an equal-opportunity destroyer. It can affect anyone regardless of race, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, occupation, or station in life. Yet not all chemically dependent individuals are the same. Addictions treatment professionals have realized this for years, and they have tailored addictions treatment to a patient’s unique personality, needs, life circumstances, gender, and age. Executives and professionals have special needs and require an addictions treatment approach that targets these needs and problems.

Executives and professionals are found to be highly motivated, successful, often competitive, and usually very driven. Typically, they have a great deal of responsibility in their careers, and professions. They are often very independent, self-reliant, and highly intelligent. in addition, they are often demanding and critical, and possess finely honed interpersonal, problem-solving, and organizational skills that have served them well in the workplace. However, these same qualities, strengths, and skills associated with occupational and financial success can contribute to and perpetuate an addictive disorder. It is our experience that identifying, intervening with, and treating an executive with an addictive disease can be challenging and complex.

The executive individual’s self-image typically disallows identifying with the stereotype of an alcoholic or addict. This perceptual bias can strengthen the denial and other defenses that are operative in an addictive disorder. Executive patients are often very intelligent, powerful, and resourceful and function well even during a serious addiction. They can continue to handle a large volume of work and do it very well, often to the amazement of co-workers and supervisors alike. Again, this can contribute to denial of an addictive disorder . . .

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