On this episode of The Family Business Voice, we spoke to Jonathan Edgeley, the Founder of Montrose Advisory, about dealing with addiction in the family enterprise.
Jonathan grew up in a family enterprise environment and as a young man, was outwardly successful while at the same time struggling with addiction and other mental health issues. Now, Jonathan uses those experiences to help others on their lifelong journey of recovery.
– There is still a stigma associated with mental health in the family business. People are more willing to talk about it now than ever but much more work is needed.
– Family businesses are generally very private, and this tendency to protect reputation can work against those who are suffering. Part of the problem lies in that people see what they want to see.
– Blame or shame has no part in the recovery process. Instead, family members must approach the situation with love and compassion, while at the same time understanding how their behaviour might enable another’s addiction and ceasing that behaviour.
– Acknowledgement, acceptance and action are fundamental to the healing process. Family members around those who need help with addiction also need to go through a process of recovery so that everyone is on the same page.