Statistically, among America’s 681,000 top executives, physicians and lawyers:
79,000 are “at risk”, whether dealing or not dealing with addictions
7,900 are teetering between functional and dysfunctional status
790 are in full-blown crisis
Our society’s extreme focus on success has created a fertile ground for addiction. The time and commitment required to succeed in any of America’s top jobs is enormous. The stress and isolation at the top of an organization can increase the incidence of substance abuse by addicted senior executives, professionals and family members.
Often the highest achievers among us, and those closest to them, selectively ignore, deny and hide their substance dependencies with tragic consequences. The misconception that extraordinary achievement requires people to hold themselves to higher standards keeps them from dealing with their problems. Frequently the fear of being “outed”, found out, or admitting to having a problem prevents leaders from seeking help.
A hallmark of addiction is denial. High achievers and those around them are often unable, unwilling and ill-equipped to recognize, acknowledge and deal with their problem. They remain blind to the reality that addiction is a treatable illness.
Turning Point For Leaders was specifically created to serve this unique population. We do so with the highest level of expertise, compassion, and sensitivity.
“A person seldom makes the same mistake twice.
Generally it’s three times or more.”
- There are 300 million citizens of the U.S.
200 million are over 21 years old.
23 million adults have substance addictions.
16 million addicted adults are male.
7 million addicted adults are female.
- 3% of addicted individuals recover on their own.
- 4% of addicted individuals recover in one of the 115,000 ordinary treatment programs in the U.S.
- Less than 10% of addicted individuals recover using one of the 22 premier residential facilities in the U.S.
- A study by Chevron found it saved almost $10 for every $1 spent on employee rehabilitation.
- 80% of addicted individuals are employed.
- Addictions account for 500 million lost work days annually.
- In 2006, the nation's financial bill for societal problems caused and aggravated by substance abuse and addiction approached $1Trillion.
- Addicted individuals cost employers more than $350 billion of that $1Trillion.
- At least 50% of all Americans are affected either directly or indirectly by addiction.
- Over 20% of the total national health expenditure for hospital care in the United States is spent on alcohol-related illness.
- More than 1 million arrests are made annually for drug offenses and over 3 million are made for alcohol offenses.
- 50% of traffic deaths are alcohol related.
- 50% of homicides are alcohol related.
- 40% of assaults are alcohol related.
- 40% of federal prisoners incarcerated for violent crimes were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their offense.
- 100,000 Americans die from alcohol abuse every year.
- Individuals addicted to drugs and/or alcohol die 5 times faster if untreated than if in recovery
- Studies done in California, Oregon and Minnesota all showed that for every $1 spent on addiction treatments, $5 to $7 are saved in the long run.
The statistics above come from:
The National Institute on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The National Center on Addiction and substance Abuse (CASA)
Hazelden Research Center, Center City, Minnesota
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
And various research universities