Many lead executives have an image to keep for leadership and the image of the company. They must present themselves professionally and be the face of the company. It is because of this, many who need help with addiction avoid seeking help. They try to keep up appearances while neglecting the importance of help with any type of addiction they may be facing.
The article, “What Discourages Addicted Executives From Seeking Help?” by Arnold Washton looks closer at why executives do not seek the help they need. He states,
“Contrary to common stereotypes, high-functioning executives and professionals – including physicians, attorneys, corporate executives, and others – are just as prone to developing serious alcohol and drug problems as people in many other socioeconomic groups and life circumstances. However, one important difference is that executives and professionals are frequently better able to keep their addiction hidden from view because they have the resources needed to maintain a high level of functioning or at least the outward appearance of doing so that camouflages the chaos in their personal lives.”
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