Understanding Addiction and Its Hidden Costs

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September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Business Executive and Recovering Addict, Mike Sanders, Sets Out to Help Others. As founder of ExecuCare Addiction Recovery Center, he brings to the Atlanta-area a revolutionary approach to treating addiction. A first of its kind in the state of Georgia, ExecuCare ARC addresses the challenges faced by busy professionals who struggle with substance abuse.

September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Business Executive and Recovering Addict, Mike Sanders, sets out to help others. As founder of ExecuCare Addiction Recovery Center, he brings to the Atlanta-area a revolutionary approach to treating addiction. A first of its kind in the state of Georgia, ExecuCare ARC addresses the challenges faced by busy professionals who struggle with substance abuse.

Each year, alcohol and drug abuse costs American businesses approximately $100 billion in lost productivity. And with healthcare rising since the late 1990s, most employers have been scrambling for ways to manage these costs and the underlying causes of these increases.

The majority of employers are unaware that alcohol abuse is one of those factors. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2000, almost half of all trauma and injury visits to hospital emergency rooms, and between 20 and 30 percent of all trips to the emergency room are alcohol-related.

However, employers' primary costs related to alcohol are not for the treatment of the disease of addiction. Instead, they are direct health care costs for related injuries and health problems, and indirect costs for absenteeism, productivity, workplace injuries, workers compensation and disability claims. A study conducted by Drug Strategies in 1999 revealed that dependent drinkers cause 40 percent of alcohol-related absenteeism, tardiness and poor work quality.

"Despite common misconceptions, addiction is not a lack of will power, a moral failing, or a character flaw. It is a brain disease," said Mike Sanders, founder of ExecuCare Addiction Recovery Center in Norcross, Ga. "In order to treat addiction, we must attack the disease at its physical root. The one thing missing from most treatment options is the actual treatment of the physical disease. Approximately 97% of all treatment centers today concentrate solely on the psychological and social aspects of the disease."

Research indicates the majority of companies still fail to incorporate new knowledge of addiction as a brain disease, which must be treated at its physical root, into their coping mechanisms for employees with substance abuse problems. The most recent National Survey found that four out of five individuals stated that they would not seek help if they had an addiction issue. The reasons given for their hesitancy: the negative stigma of addiction; fear of getting fired; limited treatment options available; and an inability to miss 30, 60, or even 90 days of work while being treated.

"At ExecuCare ARC, we understand the challenges faced by busy professionals," explained Sanders. "Most traditional treatments can be lengthy and disruptive. ExecuCare ARC's discreet, outpatient treatment lasts 10 days and allows the patients to return home or to their hotel at night. Because withdrawal symptoms are minimal and most will experience a significant reduction in cravings within a few days, a busy professional is able to resume personal and business activities almost immediately upon completion of the treatment."

Sanders, who has also built a successful investment firm during the past 23 years, knows firsthand the issues professionals face while struggling with addiction. His long-time addiction to alcohol and more recent addiction to OxyContin and Xanax jeopardized his business and personal life with his wife and three kids, before he sought treatment in January 2005. With assistance from his wife, he discovered an all natural Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR) treatment that utilizes a special formula of amino acids and effectively treated his addictions during the course of 10 days.

"It's clear that access to successful and comprehensive treatment for employees is the best way to begin to control the financial costs associated with alcohol and drug abuse," Sanders emphasized. "By investing more in such treatment options, employers can significantly lower their costs and improve the lives of their employees. In fact, substance abuse treatment is the most cost effective of all medical treatments. For every dollar spent on treatment, a company saves $11.54 on other medical and social costs. This represents quite an impressive investment return, not to mention the immeasurable gains of human health and well-being."

More than two and a half years later, Mike Sanders' investment firm continues to thrive; he is alcohol and drug free, and committed to making this unique Neurotransmitter Restoration treatment more available to others. ExecuCare Addiction Recovery Center, which opened its doors in September 2006, is the first center in the state of Georgia to offer this revolutionary approach to treating the physical form of addiction.

Sanders welcomes the opportunity to provide complimentary lectures and interviews on addiction and the Neurotransmitter Restoration treatment offered at ExecuCare ARC. He was recently featured on the Atlanta-based radio show Right On the Money Live, in the July and August editions of Gwinnett Life Magazine, in the August and September newsletters of Drugs Don't Work, in the North Atlanta's Business Post, and in eLIFE Magazine. For more information about ExecuCare Addiction Recovery Center, go to http://www.execucarearc.com.

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