Ailing Economy Leads More Executives and Professionals to Seek Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Addiction at The Landing Drug Rehab Center

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As a troubled economy brings more stress into people's lives, renowned addiction treatment center The Landing is seeing an increase in the number of people needing treatment for their addictions.

Whether a client wants to be here or not, whether he is committed to treatment or not, we love and support him until he can love himself.

High blood pressure, weight gain, migraines, and bouts of depression are just a few of the side effects trickling down from the slumping economy. The addiction experts at The Landing, an exclusive 30-day private rehab facility for men suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, recently added to the list of ills plaguing the American public, noting that more people are turning to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of hard times.

"Troubled times weigh heavily on everyone's minds these days, and businesspeople, executives, and professionals are by no means immune," says Kurt Greenbaum, The Landing's gourmet chef who lives and works with men in recovery on a daily basis. "The financial uncertainty alone is enough to drive stress, anxiety, and depression levels to an extreme. Then people are left to find their own ways to cope, which often include drugs, alcohol, and other forms of escape."

Spikes in relapse rates for recovered drug addicts and alcoholics are also more common during a recession, notes Greenbaum. Despite the increased need for treatment, many struggle with the decision to commit the time and money to drug rehab at a time when such precious commodities are at a deficit. But because drug and alcohol addiction are progressive, chronic diseases, treatment is often the only real solution.

"When it comes to addiction, it isn't as simple as choosing to cut back or limit one's use, like many people are doing with vacations, dining out, and other luxuries," says Greenbaum. "Addiction is a disease, which means many users will feel compelled to continue their drug-seeking behavior even when times get tough."

The worry is written all over the faces of many clients at The Landing. Recently, more clients have entered treatment needing to work through addictions brought on or exacerbated by the loss of a job, the threat of foreclosure, or financial or emotional turmoil, notes Greenbaum. According to recent news reports, the easy accessibility and relative affordability of alcohol and prescription drugs are compounding the problem.

Many recovering addicts - high-power executives, affluent business owners, professionals, or otherwise - are struggling to cope with the stress and pressures in their daily lives because they haven't developed the coping skills they need to survive without drugs or alcohol.

"At meetings, we hear a lot of people talking about the stress of the economy, their disappearing 401k plans, and their worries for the future," explains David Parker, a case manager at The Landing. "Now more than ever, stress management and coping skills are an integral part of addiction treatment. Alcohol and drugs are just the symptom - our time and energy are spent getting to the core issues underlying the substance abuse problem."

Whether clients at The Landing have lost everything or nothing at all, the focus of treatment is finding serenity and joy through sobriety and re-prioritizing family, health, and service. "Recovery is never an easy process, but as clients progress through treatment, we gradually see their focus shifting from acquiring material possessions and wealth to finding true peace and happiness. They start living life on an entirely different plane," says Parker.

The staff of addiction experts at The Landing takes a non-punitive, non-confrontational approach to addiction treatment, which may explain the program's high retention and success rates. "Everyone at The Landing truly opens their hearts to the men who seek treatment here," says Greenbaum. "Whether a client wants to be here or not, whether he is committed to treatment or not, we love and support him until he can love himself."

Located in an intimate six-bed facility on the sand in beautiful Newport Beach, California, The Landing specializes in treating addiction, trauma, and men's issues. Through intensive individual, group, and family therapy, outdoor activities like surfing, tai chi, sailing, and bike riding, healthy meals prepared by a gourmet chef, and a highly individualized treatment approach, The Landing creates a safe, private, and healing atmosphere for men to begin their journey into recovery.

The Landing is one of four programs that belong to the Sober Living by the Sea family of addiction treatment centers. Sober Living by the Sea is one of the largest residential substance abuse treatment programs in the United States. Recently listed by among the Top 10 Luxury Rehab Centers for the fourth consecutive year, Sober Living has provided premier treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, and eating disorders in beautiful Newport Beach, California, for more than 23 years.

Sober Living by the Sea is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families, and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.

For more information about The Landing, visit or call (877) 235-6134. Details about Sober Living by the Sea can be accessed by visiting or calling (866) 323-5609. For more information about CRC Health Group, visit or call (877) 637-6237.


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