Month: January 2016

High Profile Men and Addiction

CEO addictionIt is not uncommon for high profile men to struggle with addiction. We often think of high profile men as unstoppable and sturdy, but they can fall victim to addiction and substance abuse just like anyone else can. This includes CEOs, executives, doctors, lawyers and other high profile positions. Addiction and substance abuse are very serious matters, regardless of how wealthy or powerful a person is. Their life can still be put into jeopardy by an out of control addiction or substance abuse habit.

Typically, these substance abuse and addiction problems are caused by work stress due to heavy responsibilities. Men in positions of power have a great deal of responsibility on their shoulders when it comes to work. In high management positions, they are in charge of many staff people, and make decisions that effect the lives of their staff daily. Their business’s profits and losses are on their shoulders. Even the sturdiest of men can show cracks under these circumstances and turn to escapism to cope. Unfortunately, addictive substances and activities are often dangerous to the person abusing them.

In these situation,┬ádenial is typical. The people closest to the addict or substance abuser will begin to notice what is happening. They will see the man’s attention and zest for life beginning to slip as he focuses more and more on his addiction or substance abuse. They will frequently want to do something to help, but when they gently bring these matters to the man’s attention, they will be met with denial nine times out of ten. A man’s power and authority works against him in these situations. Men in positions of power are used to being in control and independent. They are also used to things working out to their advantage. This makes for the perfect conditions for denial in the face of addiction and substance abuse.

Because men in positions of power are tough cases to crack when they are addicted or abusing substances, the services of an interventionist and a professional rehabilitation treatment center are needed. It is very unlikely for a man in a position of power to understand the urgency of quitting his addiction or substance abuse problem when anyone less than a professional interventionist is explaining it to him.

The Golf Course and Clubhouse

golf clubhouseA golf course and clubhouse are places frequented by men in positions of power. This recreational space has come to be favored by high profile men as a place to mix business and pleasure. It is a place where deals are made, business decisions are finalized, and then everyone has a liquor drink to relax at the end. Everything about this atmosphere is suited to men in positions of power, for a variety of reasons.

One reason that powerful men love golf courses and clubhouses is because they find them enjoyable. Men in powerful positions are frequently known to work hard and play harder. Most men out on a golf course or sitting at the bar in the clubhouse are likely doing exactly that: patting themselves on the back for a job well done. Most powerful men are driven to the success they find by their desire for what benefits it brings, namely women, toys and luxury. The high class recreation of golf and aged alcohol is no exception.

Men in positions of power also tend to like golf courses and clubhouses because they are exclusive. Powerful men tend to value controlling things around them. This includes their environment and their company. A golf course and clubhouse ensure that only their caliber of people will be in attendance. It is likely that they will be familiar with everyone who comes there and know who to trust and who to avoid. This matters because men frequently talk business and private matters on the course and in the clubhouse. In fact, it is one of their favorite places to entertain clients and colleagues, negotiate the terms of a business deal and confide in their confidants, where no one unwelcome is listening in on their private matters.

And lastly, men in positions of power enjoy golf courses and clubhouses because men are┬ácompetitive and enjoy testing each other’s sportsmanship. They bring other men to these spaces to get a feel for them, size them up and test their worthiness. Men may not always be consciously aware that they are doing this to one another, but it does occur regularly.