Invest in yourself, not alcohol

Anyone can become addicted and alcohol is the first choice of many.  Those running a business can be particularly vulnerable, it is possible to get so caught up in ‘keeping going ‘that they forget the most important investment that they can possibly make, in themselves and their own wellbeing.

Residential rehabilitation from addictions is big business in the UK and is growing fast.  For those with the financial resources or access to a suitable referral, residential rehabilitation is seen as being ‘the way’ forward. It is almost fashionable among celebrities and can be viewed as a badge of honour among stressed out entrepreneurs and company executives.

The majority of the UK’s rehabilitation clinics use a 12 step program established in the thirties that promotes admitting being powerless over the addiction and passing control of your life and destiny to a power greater than you.  That’s all very well if it works for the individual concerned but many find themselves being faced with readmission having returned to reality and found that not much had changed while they were away.

The fact is that if during the time in rehabilitation the core issues and underlying causes  that are driving the addiction have not been addressed and tools and techniques given to resolve them, then the time in ‘therapy’ will seem like nothing more than a short break away from yourself and the world around you.

I struggle to understand why anyone would choose to go back to residential rehabilitation if it didn’t get the results that they were looking for the first time around. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that the definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’

Asking for help when you need it is an intelligent strategic decision, not an admission of failure.

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