Small business owners are a unique group of people. The average small business owner has always been entrepreneurial and confident in their own abilities. They are effective, resourceful and high functioning. However, small business owners can be effected by addiction and disorder. In fact, they are often even prone to it because high functioning people are also some of the most prone to addiction and mental disorder, despite popular opinion of their resounding mental health. When a small business owner is effected by addiction or disorder, themselves and their businesses are effected in very particular ways.
When a small business owner falls into patterns of addiction or disorder, their issues often go unchecked because they are the authority figures over their entire operation. They are not being monitored by anyone above them, so it is less likely that a co-worker will see into their problems and hold them accountable for them. In other situations, it is often a person’s co-workers and professional peers who catch on to the individual’s mental health problems first. Small business owners must be self aware enough to identify their own problems, or they must be held accountable by their friends and family.
The pressure that falls on the shoulders of small business owners can be astronomical, and can quickly worsen an addiction or mental disorder. Small business owners frequently have little to no staff when they are just getting started, and in the early years of their business operations. They have to wear many hats and play many roles. Even when they acquire a staff to support them, they may still have to fill in for any position that is unattended to, keeping them constantly busy and on their toes. When these duties begin to fall too heavily on the small business owner, they frequently begin to mentally unravel, and any addiction or mental disorder tendencies that already exist flare up acutely.
With so much at stake for a small business owner, addiction and disorder can create huge problems, and can even destroy a small business beyond recovery. If you or someone you care about is a small business owner struggling with addiction or disorder, reach out for help right away.