Alcohol, Drugs, and Work Addiction

Work addiction is a crippling condition which rarely gets the attention it deserves. Workaholics are not simply people who drive themselves to succeed in their careers – they suffer from constant compulsions which cause major life consequences. Aside from its effects on sufferers’ social lives and mental health, this stressful condition frequently leads people to self-medicate. To create a less-stressed society with fewer cases of drug and alcohol addiction, more people need to learn about the relationships between work addiction and substance abuse.

The Signs of Work Addiction

It can be difficult to distinguish between a hard worker and a true workaholic, but a tell-tale sign is the lack of balance in a person’s life. Healthy workers may spend long hours at the office during busy times of the year, but they will be able to recharge and enjoy other parts of life when they leave. On the other hand, work addicts are constantly thinking about their current projects, past mistakes, or future problems. Other signs of work addiction include:

*Anxiety over deadlines
*Irritability or uneasiness when not working
*Medical problems because of lost sleep or inadequate nutrition
*Lack of confidence in coworkers’ abilities
*Loss of productivity due to perfectionism
*Denial when confronted

Work Addiction and Substance Abuse

Work addiction is itself a stressful condition, and many of the people who suffer it also have co-occurring conditions such as chronic anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These problems frequently drive people to self-medicate with alcohol, prescription drugs, and even illegal narcotics. These substances may provide temporary stress relief, but addictions will only make people’s working lives more difficult in the future. Workaholics who develop substance addictions tend to perform worse at their jobs, making their anxieties even more severe. Funding and practicing a drug habit also makes it even more difficult for them to escape work and spend time relaxing with friends or family.

How Rehab Can Help

Fortunately, clinical drug rehab can help substance-addicted workaholics address both of their concerns. Instead of focusing on a particular drug, today’s successful rehab specialists help patients make the life changes necessary to alter their addictive thoughts and behavior patterns. When work addicts address the personality problems and life circumstances which lead them to abuse drugs, they may be able to simultaneously ease their anxieties over work. In addition, the skills which addicts use to gain control over their drug cravings can also help them manage their work-related compulsions.

Additional Treatments

Drug rehab is an excellent way for workaholics to get clean, but they may still suffer from compulsions and anxieties over their jobs. When additional drug treatment won’t help, they may need to seek psychiatric care specifically for their work addictions. Long-term therapy can help them better understand and treat depression, paranoia, and other co-occurring mental illnesses which contribute to their problems.

If your stress at work has caused you to develop a drug addiction, you need to seek help now. Addiction is a serious disease which claims the lives of thousands of people every year. Pick up your phone and call the number at the top of your screen for a toll-free consultation, and get started on a proven drug rehab program today. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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