WEALTH, FAME AND STATUS: SPECIFIC RISKS FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE HIGH-PROFILE CLIENT
Money can’t buy happiness, goes a popular adage, and particularly addiction does not discriminate. In fact, too much of a “good” thing - money, power, fame - can significantly contribute to an individual's likelihood of developing an addiction or a mental illness, even more so than the overall population.
In this presentation, Jan Gerber, Director of Paracelsus Recovery in Switzerland, will shed light on the specific risk factors that these groups face that contribute to the potential for becoming an addicted or mentally ill individual. Such factors include affluent neglect, “affluenza”, or "boarding school syndrome", they range from the desire for perfection, issues of trust, habitual exposure to highly emotional states, the pressure to perform, demanding expectations from within the family and from outside, public scrutiny, any many more. A complex combination of such factors over time often lead to a complicated, chronic and entrenched situation, making it difficult to disentangle cause and effect even for the most experienced of practitioners. Wealth can also add complexity to family relationships and the dynamics of whole family systems.
"Culturally competent” treatment for this population requires an extensive understanding of such factors and their implications on the therapeutic relationship.