Entrepreneurs have dreams of creating their own business and being their own bosses. Because entrepreneurs have their own traits like obsessive-compulsive behaviors and risk-taking behaviors, it can lead them at risk for addiction and mental illness. It is important for entrepreneurs to seek help for their addiction and mental illness so that they can run their businesses smoothly.

Entrepreneurs and Mental Health

Entrepreneurs are trained to ignore their overall well-being as they have a business to run. They are taught that if there is no pain, there is no gain. They are also taught that true success is measured in return on investment and profit. What all entrepreneurs should realize is that the health of the company relies on the health of its business owner. Without any treatment, addiction and depression can further develop.

Entrepreneurs and Addiction

Entrepreneurship can be an addiction in itself. Entrepreneurs are on a chase for the next big venture without thinking of the consequences and risks that venture can have. If it fails, that will not stop them from coming up with another risky idea for a business even if it leads to financial ruin. According to a study by the University of San Francisco, entrepreneurs are twice as likely to suffer from depression, three times more likely to suffer from substance abuse, 10 times more likely to be bipolar, twice as likely to experience psychiatric hospitalization, and twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts. With a huge list of mental illnesses entrepreneurs can suffer from, it is all the more reason why they need to seek treatment.

Entrepreneurs and Substance Abuse

Entrepreneurs are at a higher risk of substance abuse compared to others. They experience high levels of stress, loneliness, and fear of failure. Entrepreneurs need to monitor the behavior of others to make sure it does not ruin the business, but there is no one to do the same for them. The pressure to be strong and successful can lead someone to abuse drugs as a way of self-medication and escape.

Getting Treatment

Entrepreneurs need to know that they are human just like their employees. It is important that they find mental health professionals to take care of them just like how they look out for their employees. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Hotline or 1-800-662-4357 for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

At Alta Loma Transformational Living, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  Alta Loma uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, where you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 866-457-3843.