Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on January 13, 2022.
White-collar addiction creates unique challenges for professionals. People struggle with substance use in almost all industries, often from easy access and high stress levels at work. Some professionals struggle to seek help. Fortunately, there are solutions available for white-collar drug addiction.
Substance abuse does not discriminate — it's possible to find instances of white-collar drug addiction in almost every sector, including:
Our society often makes assumptions about substance use, allowing addiction among lawyers, executives, healthcare professionals and other white-collar sectors to go unnoticed. Despite people's expectations about substance users, they exist in all professions.
Drugs abused by white collars include alcohol, prescription medication and illicit drugs. Alcohol is a commonly used substance, as well as:
Professionals can also develop different addictions, including gambling, sex, gaming, working, the Internet, eating and other behaviors.
Industry cultures can promote addictions. In some sectors, alcohol and illicit drugs may be available and normalized as part of work celebrations. White-collar professionals are often high-achieving and risk-taking, making them vulnerable to substance abuse. Untreated mental illness and the pressures of work can also impact them negatively.
White-collar workers are often leaders in their companies, and they have a significant impact on their company culture. Substance use issues at the leadership level can lead to:
Recognizing substance use among professionals is essential to building a new life. While many leaders worry about the impact seeking treatment will have on their careers, it can be a very positive step. Professionals can return to work reinvigorated. As natural leaders, they can make a huge difference by helping others. Many white-collar workers find their work and home lives improve after treatment.
Diamond House Detox provides a supportive environment and science-based treatment options in a pleasant and serene environment. Clients enjoy private rooms, meals prepared by a chef, group therapy and on-site support meetings. We offer premium support for co-occurring disorders and white-collar addiction.
If you or a loved one are ready to tackle substance use, contact Diamond House Detox to find out how we can help.