Why Wealthy People Experience High Rates of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Exclusive Hawaii Rehab Addiction Treatment February 2, 2022

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Wealth, Power and Mental Health

There is a stigma that purports that it is people with low incomes who have the most issues with alcoholism and drug abuse, but the truth is that substance use issues can affect anybody regardless of age, gender, social standing, and amount of money in their bank account. The rate of anxiety, depression, and addiction in high-net-worth individuals is actually higher than national rates in America, telling us that there is more going on than meets the eye.

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Causes of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Wealthy Individuals

Common causes of mental health and substance use disorders in wealthy individuals include:

  • Being wealthy can make it difficult to forge deep friendships and meaningful relationships, especially when you grow up in a family in which the parents are constantly at business events, traveling and working. Feelings of abandonment and isolation commonly translate into substance abuse over time
  • Lives full of stress and pressure to achieve, with career, financial obligations, and working too much, leading to a lack of self-care, making it difficult to forge deep and meaningful relationships. This can lead to turning to substances to focus, have the energy to continue the fast paced lifestyle, or to unwind after a hard day
  • Having the ability to hire good lawyers, not needing to resort to illegal or dangerous activities to fuel their addiction and being in positions of power at work and in society can affect the need they feel to get help when addiction takes hold
  • Wealthy individuals who have lived in comfort and convenience their entire lives may be quicker to turn to substances as a coping mechanism when they are faced with life’s challenges, especially when it is something money cannot solve like grief or stress

Obstacles to Addiction Treatment for High Net Worth Individuals

Some obstacles high net worth individuals face in addiction treatment include:

  • Lack of empathy (i.e., making fun of “trust fund kids”) from those who do not understand that wealth does not solve mental health and substance use disorders
  • Fear of “being found out” by family, colleagues, or the public
  • Fear of stigma, or being seen as weak, with a shame around “having it all” but still suffering
  • Fear of disgracing a family legacy or business
  • Fear of not being understood by their therapists and treatment providers

Addiction Treatment for High-Net-Worth Individuals at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab

At Exclusive Hawaii Rehab, we know that those in the public eye and those with stressful jobs must uphold a certain reputation and have high standards in all areas of their lives. As such, we strive to meet or exceed your expectations not only in your addiction treatment, but also in security, privacy, service, accommodations, and comfort in our luxury rehab facility.

All guests are allowed their own personal devices like phones and laptops in their rooms. We provide an executive rehab program for those who cannot take time away from work, with a flexible treatment schedule that will not interfere with your business and a private, quiet workspace where you can attend online meetings and courses and take important phone calls.

We want to ensure our high-end clientele feel as comfortable and at-home as possible, with amenities like:

  • Whole, nutritious, local food that is organic and non-GMO, prepared by four private, gourmet chefs
  • 24-hour security guards, motion sensor cameras and a paparazzi-proof, walled, private estate
  • Top doctors, therapists, and holistic practitioners in a high staff-to-patient ratio
  • 52 acres of lush, tranquil property to explore, with views of the ocean, Mauna Kea volcano, and palm trees
  • Shared or private, clean luxury accommodations, with a large canopy bed, big windows to let the sunshine in, a private lanai, and a writing desk
  • Treatments from a naturopathic doctor who, along with prescribing medications, can also identify nutritional deficiencies and help balance nutrient intake with supplements
  • Holistic treatments and therapies like massage, acupuncture, meditation, diet and exercise, mindfulness, etc.
  • Weekly excursions (weather and season permitting) to the beach, volcanoes, waterfalls, and other tropical destinations, as well as adventures like volcano hikes, dolphin and equine therapy, zip-lining, etc.

You will be able to rest, as we treat your addiction through an integrated combination of medical care, naturopathic treatments, evidence-based therapy sessions, holistic bodywork, nature therapy, and more. For more information about what we offer at Exclusive Hawaii Rehab, call us today. We can help you stop drinking and using drugs in a safe and private luxury environment.

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Our deeply-caring staff and the surrounding natural beauty offer an unparalleled healing experience.