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What is an Executive Intervention?

Substance addiction is a disorder that can affect anyone and everyone.  It does not have boundaries relating to age, race or gender.  A person’s employment status also does not influence the susceptibility to become addicted to drugs or alcohol.  It’s because of this that persons holding executive positions sometimes find themselves suffering from addiction.

When this happens, an executive intervention can be extremely beneficial, which involves gathering a team of people to confront the person about his or her addiction  and suggesting treatment options, all the while ensuring that the intervention occurs in a discreet manner.

Gathering the Right Individuals To Host an Executive Intervention

Man and woman sits at a desk with hands clasped - Executive InterventionWhen a key employee suffers from addiction, it can be extremely detrimental to the overall success of a company, and possibly fatal to the employee.  Many times, due to personal, ethical and business interests, it’s best to intervene, ask the person to enter into treatment and then return to work.  This helps avoid having to fire and replace the employee, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Before the executive intervention takes place, it is paramount to ensure the right people will be attending, which often includes:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • One or More Supervisors
  • Possibly One Board Member
  • Substance Abuse Specialist

Having family members present is important because it allows the addict to see how his or her addiction is affecting loved ones.  A supervisor and board member should be present to reaffirm that the addict’s job will still be available after completing treatment.  A professional interventionist will be of value because he or she can answer any questions the addict has, including those related to treatment options.

Suggesting Treatment Options

Man working on laptop and phone at outdoor office - Executive interventionsThere are many treatment programs available for an executive to enter into, many of which are focused on providing the amenities that are needed to continue work duties.  An executive who is going into treatment will find an executive treatment facility to be perfectly suited for maintaining responsibility over a company while at the same time receiving the services offered through a traditional rehab program.

Business amenities provided at an executive retreat center include:

  • Office Area
  • Access to PCs, Tablets, Smartphones
  • Internet Connection
  • Video Conference Areas

Specialists working at this type of facility monitor patients while working; this gives an inside view as to what job components may be contributing to the substance abuse issue.  For example, if it is noticed that communication with a certain coworker often results in much stress, then it may be suggested that this employee be let go of or that a different executive-level worker handle the communications with that specific employee.

Maintaining Discretion Throughout the Entire Process

Because executives hold higher-level positions within a company, it is imperative that any drug use and intervention strategies be carried out with the utmost discretion.  If business partners and associates were to discover the drug abuse, this could lead to financial and operational turmoil for the company. Discretion helps prevent legal implications, PR issues, return-to-work confusion and continuing care obstacles.  It is highly advised that an executive intervention take place in a professional setting in which all participants must sign a confidentiality agreement.

The Takeaway

An executive intervention is an excellent way to retain valuable employees who suffer from the disease of addiction.  By putting together the right intervention team, suggesting treatment options and maintaining discretion, many executives are able to find the treatment they need to lead a life free of drugs and alcohol.

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