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Promises Addiction Treatment Center expands executive rehab program

November 7, 2011
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Malibu, Calif. — Promises Malibu’s renowned executive rehab program, which serves some of the nation’s top business leaders, is under the newly appointed leadership of Greg Skipper, MD. In his role as Director of Professional Health Services, Skipper will draw on his three decades of experience in a leadership role helping to shape physician health programs to enhance executive treatment at Promises.

Executives struggling with alcohol or drug addiction have unique needs that are best served by a specialized executive drug rehab program. High-level responsibilities and a fast-paced work environment make a month-long stay in a traditional drug rehab unworkable for many executives. Rather than choosing between career and recovery, Promises Malibu allows executives to meet critical business demands while learning the skills required for lifelong recovery.

“While complete separation from daily life is ideal for recovery, the realities of business do not always allow it,” said Jamie Deans, the Professionals Program Manager at Promises. “If these individuals don’t enter executive rehab, it is likely that they will either never receive treatment or try to find their own solution. Depending on the severity of their illness, the personal, social and professional effects can be devastating, even fatal.”

Promises’ executive rehab program is designed for executives, CEOs and entrepreneurs who are struggling with addiction as well as co-occurring mental health issues. While some executives seek help for addiction on their own, others are referred to executive rehab by their employers as an alternative to termination.

Promises Malibu’s executive rehab offers something other drug rehabs do not: flexibility. While computer use and email and phone communication are ordinarily off-limits during treatment, Promises works with clients to maintain business contacts and attend important engagements. In a safe, structured, healing environment, executives can recover from the disease of addiction with minimal disruption to their business.

Executive Care at Promises also includes:

  • An intensive multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation that includes a complete physical, a rigorous psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing, and an evaluation by a psychologist.
  • Executive care process groups to examine issues that may have fueled their addictions and discuss the recovery challenges executives face when they leave Promises and return to work.
  • Executive coaching to address concerns specific to their corporate culture and environment.
  • Access to profession-specific self-help groups such as Caduceus groups for doctors and The Other Bar for attorneys.

As Director of Professional Health Services, Skipper will work with a treatment team that is experienced in providing care to high-profile executives. To ensure comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment, each client’s team is made up of a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed nurses, a spiritual advisor and other experts.

In a private, luxurious setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Promises Malibu offers the high-end treatment services preferred by executives, including massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling and equine therapy. Promises also offers support for corporations, such as intervention services, education and counseling for senior colleagues, and management training.

Long-term monitoring and aftercare will be one of Skipper’s primary focus areas. At Promises, the client’s primary therapist oversees all components of aftercare, including therapy appointments and random drug screens, to ensure the executive is complying with their continuing care plan and remaining abstinent. The executive’s return to employment is often contingent upon successfully completing treatment and signing a behavioral contract that defines consequences for the client’s failure to stay sober and comply with the continuing care plan.

“Companies are concerned about the impact a key executive’s addiction may have on the business,” says Deans. “While they want to support their employee and are willing to give an executive the time to get help, companies are also interested in managing risk. They want to know that the employee will follow through with their continuing care plan so they can return to being a high-functioning, productive employee.”

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