Executives can be the most difficult people to treat because they are masters of disguise when it comes to their addiction. Business executives are susceptible to addiction due to the pressure they face at work, clients, negotiating deals, working to meet company goals, and trying to secure big transactions at work. Over time, they become really good at hiding, but eventually they will be discovered and can finally get the help they deserve. Learn more about how professionals try to hide addiction.

Working Late

Executives disguise their addiction in a number of ways. One of them is working late, a hallmark calling card of the high-level executive. This is just an excuse for a person with addiction who needs time alone to drink or use drugs. Because many business executives make their work life top priority, family and friends are usually permissive of their absences as part of the job. This can be difficult to notice whether the absence is related to addiction issues or if it is related to work. Behaviors that typically raise a red flag including mood swings, loss of appetite, losing interest in activities, or withdrawing from loved ones might be less noticeable when the person is away so much.

Needs Money

Whatever the habit, it will be expensive to maintain. Even for a high profile business person with lots of resources, they will have to tap into a trust or some other resource to get money for their addiction. If they are being secretive, trying to take control of family finances, or if money is disappearing, it may be a sign of trouble ahead.

Befriending Coworkers

When someone is a coworker with first-hand knowledge of the pressure they are under to perform well and get a leg up, it may be easier to disguise suspicion. Many people with addiction will befriend people who are struggling with substance abuse issues to make themselves look better to friends and loved ones.

Blaming Others

Everyone is familiar with blaming others for something. It’s human nature to blame people sometimes but when it comes to addiction issues, blaming others may not just be a warning sign of addiction but also a technique for distraction. Passing blame to someone else and, when confronted, making excuses or pointing fingers to divert focus can be painful for the family.

Being Discovered

Business executives have more to lose than most other people. Their reputation is at work, their social standing, and respect. Executives disguise addiction cleverly, sometimes driving to a different town to buy alcohol, or visiting several different doctors to avoid suspicion about an addiction to painkillers. It means recognizing abnormal behavior not as a sign they have changed, but a red flag of addiction.

Trying to get a loved one help starts with noticing the signs. When people notice the signs, it may help to speak to someone like a counselor or interventionist to help support them in trying to get the right help for the loved one.

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