Addiction knows no one specific target – it can affect anyone. You don’t have to specifically be young or old, male or female, blue or white-collar worker. It can affect any one of us all the same.
However, we all have different triggers. For some it is depression, for others it is anxiety, some use it as a stress relief, and others use it as a mental escape from thoughts of turmoil and/or abuse they have previously experienced. But, whatever the trigger might be the addiction is still real.
Depending on your situation though, it can be difficult to request help. There are several avenues of help for those suffering from addiction but it boils down to asking for help and figuring out what works best for you. For those in upper-level positions, or those working in a corporate job, it can be hard to ask for help. You fear judgment, rejection and potential loss of your job and several other benefits.
But, as someone in a big company, you might be missing out on several options offered for help. If you are struggling with addiction in your corporate level job and aren’t sure how to find help, here are a few tips:
Ask your boss.
Speak to them in confidentiality and ask if they have access to resources they can offer you for help. It might be as simple as a few mental health days they can allow you to take off or they might be able to get you with a therapist whose expenses will be covered by the company.
Ask your family for help.
Your spouse and your family know you better than most people. Ask them to help you find help. You can talk to them confidentially and they might have some better insight as to who they think could offer you the best help.
Do your research.
As a corporate level employee, you probably spend most of your time on the computer anyways. It is no mystery that a quick Google search will pull up the answer to most of your questions. Try searching for treatment facilities in your area and then begin speaking with them. Start your research on the internet and continue it with the actual facility.
The biggest mistake you can make is not seeking help from those around you. There are plenty of people who would be willing to help you if given the chance.