Addiction Treatment For Professionals
One of the biggest pitfalls for professionals who suffer from a substance use disorder is the mistaken belief that addiction can’t affect them.
In their minds, an addict is someone who’s homeless, wandering the streets, panhandling for change and buying drugs under bridges. It’s a stereotype reinforced in popular culture, but it’s also an inaccurate one. Addiction can affect anyone, from the boardroom to the back alley, and in the end, those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs find themselves in the same place: broken, hopeless and alone.
The Professionals Program at Cornerstone of Recovery draws on nearly 30 years of history and tradition, because we were founded by a professional. William J. “Bill” Hood, who established Cornerstone in 1989, was himself a high-level executive at the Aluminum Company of America, having managed plants in Ohio, Tennessee and South America, before alcohol robbed him of nearly everything. The clarity he found in sobriety ignited a passion within him to spend the rest of his life treating fellow addicts and alcoholics, and Bill knew full well the stumbling blocks that pride, ego and career success made along the path to enlightenment for his fellow professionals.
The Professionals Program is managed by Dr. Janet Hicks, a pharmacist by trade whose personal experience with addiction and knowledge of the treatment process have given her a passion for helping others that rivals Bill Hood’s. The goal of the program is to help those professionals who have struggled for so long to hide their addiction emerge from the shadows and find a new way to live in the light, and that begins with a medical detox process that slowly and safely weans addicted patients from the chemicals that have enslaved them.
Afterward, they’re introduced into a larger treatment community that’s comprised of peers from all walks of life. They’ll find support from fellow clients and begin to see themselves as human beings first and foremost – fallible individuals who are sick people, not bad people, that need to care for themselves as ardently as they’ve shepherded their careers. Surface prestige begins to transform into inner self-confidence, and the self-loathing they often feel because of their problem fades as they find acceptance of their disease and the steps necessary to place it and keep it in remission.
With Cornerstone’s support, most professionals are able to return to the careers they’ve built their lives around and find greater joy and satisfaction thanks to a sense of peace they’ve discovered in recovery. The typical length of stay in the Professionals Program is 90 days but, that may be shorter or longer, depending on a patient’s individual situation.
The typical Professionals Program treatment path includes:
- A three-month treatment center-based recovery program that includes residential, intensive outpatient treatment, the supportive living program and therapeutic volunteer work;
- An ongoing professionals therapy group;
- A three-month family recovery program; and
- Advocacy by Cornerstone staff with the patient’s board of licensure and long-term recovery monitoring agency, if required.
In addition, Dr. Hicks maintains strong relationships with several state monitoring agencies and often advocates on behalf of professionals seeking to get back to work in their field of expertise after treatment.
For working professionals, addressing addiction or alcoholism doesn’t mean failure. Seeking treatment at a alcoholism and drug rehab center doesn’t equal a diminishment of professional status. It simply means that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed, and at Cornerstone of Recovery, we can give you the tools to do that. We believe that you’ll discover an entirely new perspective on your life and your career, and both will be more fulfilling when they’re maintained by the newfound sense of peace that recovery brings.
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