Treating the Highly Functional

Sunrise Ranch has a wide variety of personalized treatment programs for men and women. Our treatment center’s location in Southern California (close to Los Angeles) lends itself well to the treatment of high functioning alcoholics and addicts.

You may be surprised to know that a lot of the men and women who seek treatment are very highly functional alcoholics or addicts:

  • CEOs
  • Presidents and Vice Presidents of Fortune 500 Companies
  • Government Officials
  • High Ranking Members of Law Enforcement
  • Radio, Film and TV Personalities
  • Grammy Winning Musicians

Here is how we’ve found it effective to treat high functioning addicts and alcoholics:


All of our programs are 12-Step based which is a program that is very effective but requires humility and concepts like “surrender.” Still, we treat our clients in a very respectful and supportive manner that builds self esteem because we applaud their courage in seeking treatment. Once they have the drugs detoxed out of their bodies and begin to learn about addiction and how it has affected them, they will soon be very willing to undergo the work of recovery.


Once we start educating our clients about the disease of addiction they start to understand that the numerous factors which contribute to this medical condition and perceive themselves as having a medical ailment that requires treatment for rehabilitation. This removes much of the stigma and leads to a willingness for treatment.

Tender Love and Care

There is something that happens inside when our clients come from their hectic and out of control existence and slow down into our treatment facility with it’s top notch luxurious surroundings. Once the laptop and cell phone is put away (for 2 weeks to a month depending on program), we start guiding our client to work on themselves and increase their self image by showing them they are worthy of it. Depending on the program, meals are provided and a healthy nutritional regimen is implemented that includes relaxing activities and ample rest.

Physical Rebuilding

In addition to the nearly constant slate of therapeutic activities, support group meetings, and educational workshops, there is built into every day time for physical activities which strengthen the healing process of mind and body. Activities vary in how physically strenuous they are and only appropriate activities for the personal recovery program are allowed. Activities are voluntary (but encouraged) and many are as easy going as museum trips and movie excursions which show the men and women how to enjoy simple pleasures without their drug of choice.


Starting with the education and respect mentioned above, we find our clients appreciate the structure and requirements of our treatment programs. Both men and women who are high functioning tend to embrace the requirements of our program and want to do well here. We have found that highly functional alcoholics and drug users enthusiastically look forward to our 72 hour drug and alcohol screening policy and are very punctual and involved in the various therapeutic activities and processes.


Highly functioning alcoholics and addicts tend to be very active in embracing the 12th step of the 12 Step Program which encourages working with others who need recovery. Our alumni groups are led by men and women who find it very helpful to be involved with newly sober clients and show them how the path to long term abstinence can be rewarding and better than they could have ever imagined prior to treatment.

Drive to succeed

Something about the drive to succeed at high levels can be accompanied by an inability to turn off the ambition and can lead the person to medicate with drugs or alcohol to wind down.

There are many things that we have noticed in our high functioning alcoholics:

1.    Driven… by feelings of low self worth.
The men and women sometimes are lacking in basic self esteem that causes them to seek approval from external sources like a career.

2.    Denial… “how could I have a problem?”
The fact of the matter is, denial is extremely common, that is why it is helpful to contact us to get help from a professional in finding out “what to say to an addicted or alcoholic family member.”

3.    Family Issues
Most people who seek treatment benefit from addressing core underlying psychological issues that often begin with the family of origin. (These issues are actually prevalent in all areas of society – not just with chemically dependent men and women).  We find the family treatment program critical to the success of treating men and women.

Getting Help for a Highly Functional Alcoholic or Drug Addict

It is completely natural if you are afraid to confront an addicted individual who you care about. There is a reason that professionals like those at Sober Living by the Seahave been so successful for over 25 years: They understand what you are going through.

Call us today for guidance on what to say, how to say it. We have helped thousands recover from drugs and alcohol but can do nothing for the individual who doesn’t reach out to us first. All Calls are confidential and anonymous.


  • Millions of peoples suffer from addiction.
  • Many more millions are caring family members.
  • Treatment works.
  • When you call and talk to a professional, the steps begin to unfold.

Convincing Highly Functional Alcoholics and Addicts to Get Treatment

Circle the Wagons and Call in the Troops.

Circle the Wagons and Call in the Troops.  An intervention seems overwhelming to the person who is merely a caring family member.  There are often layers of denial throughout the family system.  Getting as many of the family involved is helpful (“Circle the Wagons”) but the real key is picking up the phone and calling a treatment center to start getting advice and having questions answered.

If confronting a drug or alcohol abusing family member (or another family member caught up in the protective but deadly web of denial) seems overwhelming then it will be comforting to know that you can get help from an interventionist (“Call in the Troops”).  Trained interventionists (or a therapist, social worker, or drug and alcohol counselor) will guide you through the process of who to talk to, in what order, and what to say to them.


  • Millions of peoples suffer from addiction.

  • Many more millions are caring family members.

  • Treatment works.

  • When you call and talk to a professional, the steps begin to unfold.

Call Sunrise Ranch for more information about how to get help for a highly successful executive who is abusing drugs or alcohol.