The excesses of the 1980s introduced a subculture of white-collar city workers to recreational cocaine and heroin use. More than one professional went far beyond recreation, using drugs to cope with the stresses of fast-paced financial and legal careers. It turns out that little has changed in more than 20 years. In fact, it may be getting worse. It appears as though young city workers are turning to drugs more frequently than ever before.
To be clear, city workers are defined as white-collar professionals involved in employment sectors such as financial, legal, public service, and IT. They are individuals who are as far removed from the stereotypical drug-using culture as they can possibly be. Nearly all of them hold down well-paying jobs that they work during regular business hours. Yet they do so even in the midst of their addictions.
How do they get away with it? Counsellor Richard Kingdon recently told Yahoo! Finance that it is all about the money. As long as an individual continues making money for his or her employer, the employer is likely to look the other way where drug abuse is concerned. Somehow, these white-collar professionals are able to continue being productive employees even while on drugs.
Kingdon also said that he is currently working with about 40 people suffering with drug addiction in the City of London. Though he is pretty busy, he says he expects business to only get busier in the future. His client list would probably surprise most of us if it were publicly revealed. Kingdon says that drug use among city workers does not discriminate, as proved by his own experience working with judges, lawyers, stockbrokers, day traders, police officers, IT specialists, and even government workers.
Kingdon sees two possible explanations for the rise in drug activity among professionals. First is the pressure brought on by the financial crisis of a few years ago. Professionals in the legal and financial worlds are under greater pressure than ever before to help companies re-establish themselves after significant losses. Professional and peer pressure are known fac