Fighting back against addiction is hard, no matter who a person is or what career they have. Professionals and people with high-level jobs often struggle with being able to share their challenges with addiction due to stigma or fear of losing their job. Find out why journalists and other media professionals struggle with addiction and how to seek help.
Stress to Perform
Media personalities, journalists, and behind-the-scenes workers often struggle with pressures to perform on the job. Demand in the profession for getting a story, finding the facts, reporting it, and then coping with the response from other media organizations or the public can create a stressful environment. Work in journalism is highly competitive with only a few places employing the top talent across the country who can chase a good story. However, there are myriad of others who work for magazines, tabloid papers, and other spaces like television and online media where it is hard to escape the 24/7 nature of the business. Caving to that pressure means journalists may not end up feeling like they can handle it without the use of substances for support.
A Matter of Confidence
Mentally, work in media is tough. It is hard on self-confidence and it is even tougher for a person who wrestles with issues surrounding past trauma, abuse, or substance abuse in their story. The long hours combined with the lifestyle of being around people who hold high expectations can create a perfect storm for people who may be on the edge, already. Learning how to handle one’s own life without using substances can be difficult when fighting against a past history of mental health issues, trauma, and other things which can also drive the need to succeed, perfectionism, the need to be noticed, perform at a high level, or just work harder, which drives the addictive behavior.
The hardest part of addiction in any profession is the challenge of asking for help. People do not think that tobacco smoking, for instance, can be addictive. It is just something people do. They treat it differently than doing cocaine or other drugs. The reality is that it is not much different in the sense of how the mind and body can cope with addiction. Addiction is typically treated in two phases: health awareness, detox, and counseling followed by aftercare and recovery support. The goal is to ensure a person is able to navigate recovery effectively with the tools and resources they have at their disposal. They also cannot continue the same lifestyle that drove the addiction. For journalists and other media professionals, this might mean cutting back on work hours, working in a different field, or seeking a different pathway to prevention because more than half of people who stop an addiction go back. To not fall into that same pattern, journalists can find a group of people who are working through the same issues and seek support. They are not alone in the fight against addiction. It helps to walk through it with a community that is supportive and will provide help for the long journey of recovery.
The Last Resort understands the power of addiction. Our treatment program centers around helping people, including executives, professionals, journalists, and others, find hope in the midst of the struggle to quit drinking, smoking, or doing drugs. We believe everyone has the ability to fight addiction with the support and help of others on the same journey. Call us to find out more: tel:8773222643