Addiction to alcohol and other drugs costs business in the United States over $100 billion a year. It’s not unusual for a company to lose a million dollars or more every year to addiction related problems. A company the size of General Motors loses close to one billion dollars a year. Industry-wide statistics show profits erode 30 percent in companies where employee alcohol and drug problems are present.
When a high level executive, CEO, CFO, or the president of the company has a chemical dependency problem, it becomes increasingly difficult to address. Their positions protect them from many of the consequences of addiction. Others in the company may be reluctant to discuss the problem. But an impaired executive can have a profoundly negative impact on the company.
A structured intervention is one of the most effective methods for motivating an addicted executive, physician, or attorney to accept treatment. A modified or executive-style intervention is another effective method. An executive-style intervention utilizes the professional interventionist alone or a very small team. This may be crucial when top level executives require the highest degree of confidentiality within the company.