Addiction among people in the trading and financial services industry is not a secret to many who work there. Unfortunately, there is work hard, play harder mentality that has taken over the industry. Staying up late, working long hours, and pushing personal boundaries are all the norm. People who drink alcohol and work in this industry often start to deal with the stress associated with living and working this way. Find out why this behavior is sometimes encouraged and why it can be harmful to people who fall into this trap.
Drinking to Get Ahead
One cultural norm for bankers and investment and financial industry professionals is drinking as a social lubricant. This bond ties them together as they go for ‘after-work drinks,’ ‘Friday evening work drinks with the boss,’ and myriad other ways they celebrate sorrows and successes with alcohol. It becomes easy to hide behind professional drinks more and more to keep up the lifestyle. Finance professionals who go ‘dry’ and don’t drink as part of this culture admit it is still part of the professional world and not being part of it can limit people’s prospects in moving up or participating in greater things that advance their careers. Alcohol is central to many business practices in America and people who work in the high-stakes financial world are expected to drink. Those who opt out are viewed with suspicion. In this way, it feels like stigma and fear attached to not drinking can keep people from living out their dream of working in the industry and maintain sobriety.
Many places are implementing new strategies to shift away from drinking culture that drove people for so long. Now they are requiring people to take vacation days with younger employees getting incentives to take them off and not work. There are more alcohol-free policies to keep offices dry. Employee assistance programs are offering people struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems a way back to health and find treatment without repercussions. Temporary, anonymous counseling is being offered to support employees and families who wrestle with these issues to support them at work and beyond. Some financial professionals who do not drink or are honest about their alcoholism and recovery find themselves in a place where they can support others who are struggling. Just because the culture of one organization to another may shift, does not mean the culture as a whole has shifted yet. Once people realize that sober individual is confident in their desire to be sober, they may be more likely to confide in that person to help them navigate tough times and seek help when needed. The desire for ambition and risk-taking may still exist, but people don’t have to play into every part of the culture to work in those industries. It means finding another way around it or finding a job better suited for recovery. The goal is to keep sobriety at the front of a person’s mind and make that the priority over anything else, even if it means changing industries to stay sober.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We understand there may be tough decisions to be made in sobriety. The key is to find a way to navigate sobriety and recovery in a way that works for you. We help you draft an individual plan that will work for your needs. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702