Date of Award

Spring 1989

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Heiden, Jordi

Second Advisor

Thom, Carl G.


Alcoholism and drug addiction have long been known for their power to destroy lives, families and loved ones. Each year, tens of thousands of people enter treatment centers seeking help for their addiction. One particular group that struggles with addiction in its ranks is that of the white collar professional. Professionals who are impaired by their drug/alcohol abuse frequently have an extremely difficult time in accepting that their chemical use has gone beyond their control. Often their advanced intellect and responsible position in the work world serve as barriers to their recovery. Consequently, substance abuse treatment centers need to recognize these tendencies and plan to work with them accordingly. This is especially true today in light of the trend towards decreased inpatient treatment stays. It is imperative that a well-planned treatment program be in place for impaired professionals. They have unique needs and a powerful disease.