People may think addiction is only for the lower class, those who are poor or uneducated. If you have money and a good life, you may think it isn’t possible to become addicted. This isn’t true. Addiction can affect anyone from any background.
Addiction does not discriminate.
No single reason or action can lead to addiction. It is a complex mixture of genetics, life experience, and triggers in your environment that can lead to addiction and addictive tendencies. Some factors that can affect those with successful careers include:
- A high-stress job: Many people use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate and help them relax. Addiction often begins when people need help coping with the stress of their job. It might be to help them unwind or relax and can lead to addiction.
- Being your own harshest critic: Those with successful careers are often known to be perfectionists. They need to be the best at everything, and that can be impossible to do. They may use drugs or alcohol to cope with the pressure they place on themselves.
- Not able to discuss how they feel: Often people feel like saying they are unsure or stressed is a sign of weakness and not allowed. They don’t talk about their emotions but instead use drugs or alcohol.
- Engaging in risk-taking behaviors: For many people with successful careers they love a thrill and being in risky situations. Using drugs and alcohol can give them that thrill even if it is dangerous.
- Having a lot of money: More disposable income means more money to put toward drugs or alcohol that will go unnoticed. They can quickly pay for whatever drug they want to use without any issues. Their money can be helpful too for getting out of legal trouble and can help lower such risks.
- More access to addictive substance: There are high addiction levels among those who have better access to these substances. This includes doctors, surgeons, dentists, and others in the medical field. Even having friends with these jobs can be a higher risk factor because they are easier to obtain.
- Escaping the stigma attached: Those who have more successful careers don’t tend to fit into the stigma society has toward addicts. They might be able to have addiction go unnoticed for longer because people assume they are fine since they are successful.
Addiction is possible for people in all walks of life, whether they have money or success or not. Those who have successful careers find an easier time hiding their addiction, and avoid people judging them as much.
If they let loose once in a while among friends with drugs, it isn’t seen as negative. It’s just something those with money do to let of steam. This means it can be harder to convince someone to go to treatment as well because they don’t see it as the same sort of problem.