The balance between work responsibilities and personal health is an escalating issue for U.S. citizens. The economic climate in recent years has increased stress for CEOs and mid-level workers alike. These conditions appear to be causing a surge in people seeking help for substance abuse issues.
Although work-related stress can exacerbate addictive tendencies, recovery specialists say maintaining contact with a work environment appears positive to those who seek treatment.
The Dunes East Hampton’s Founder, Joe McKinsey Shares:
“You have to be able to function at work in recovery,” The Dunes East Hampton’s founder Joe McKinsey told The Huffington Post.
Dunes patients are afforded the ability to Skype with co-workers, answer emails, and even take supervised business trips – activities that McKinsey believes strengthen the relationship between recovery and professional stress.
By keeping tabs on work during rehabilitation, patients gain a better understanding of the effect office politics and headlines have on a person’s stress levels.
“Maybe there’s a tweak that can be done to make that less stimulating in a negative way,” said McKinsey.
Blending recovery with work-related responsibilities isn’t just a C suite tactic. Employees of any income or background are able to benefit. Most people simply appreciate the ability to communicate with the outside world while physically removed from its presence.
Many executives who have attended the Dunes to address substance abuse issues have stated that they “couldn’t have done this if [they] had to completely unplug,” said McKinsey. “We never get anybody who tells us, ‘You know, you should have never let me call my office.”
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