People who have a high need for achievement may not think too much about it, other than from time to time when it impacts their personal lives. Friends and family may think about it quite a lot of it get in the way of interpersonal connection. Being ambitious and goal-oriented is admirable, especially for people in executive roles. It is their driven attitude that gets them places at work (among other things). One hidden driver, insecurity, can also be lurking in the wings, which may create a challenging situation for executives. Find out more about insecurity and high achievement among professionals and how it might be one driver towards addiction.
High Achievement Curse
One of the challenges of being a high achieving individual is that it can feel like a curse sometimes. Although natural leaders often have these qualities of working hard, driving themselves and others towards success, and leading well, they may also struggle with their own internal sense of confidence. Confidence can be high on the outside but lagging on the inside. Personal insecurities may plague them as they do others, but it can drive them further towards achievement as a mask. They have a desire to maintain their reputations, seem to be in control, and will do anything to appear the opposite of what they are trying to convey. Avoidant behaviors are common for many people, but, left unchecked, they can keep people from growing, or worse, cause a perfect storm where they become addicted to substances as a means of striving toward their goals.
The reality of driving hard to find success is that professionals who are high-achieving often end up feeling trapped by their productivity. The key is to move through fear, anxiety, and other insecurities to find hope on the other side of feeling trapped. There is not much that will keep a person who is high-achieving from staying trapped, except substance abuse. Their need to achieve may lead them to use drugs or substances that keep them moving forward so they don’t have to address the issues at hand. Overall, they are often people who struggle to ask for help when they hit a wall and will continue using drugs or substances to perform. They may not realize the substances are doing more harm than good to their career. As long as it works, they will keep doing it. While people around them may realize it has not worked for some time, the individual has to realize it is not working and it is time to seek help.
Seeking Help for Addiction
Someone who is high-achieving is less likely to seek help until they realize their career or what they’ve been striving for may be taken away as a result of addiction. Employers, companies, loved ones, and others who care for those with substance abuse can compel their loved ones to seek help before they lose everything they worked hard to achieve. Until they are ready to admit they are fighting a losing battle, they may not seek help. An intervention for executives can work, which might outline in detail how their behavior is impacting their co-workers and loved ones. They may also realize they’re at risk of losing their status and standing at work if they don’t seek treatment. When this happens, they are more likely to go for help and find the support they need to move ahead.
The Last Resort offers executives and professionals space to heal from addiction. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of addiction while also maintaining your professional life with flexible offerings. If you are a professional who is high-achieving but realizes substance abuse is threatening your career and personal life, we are here to help. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.