Executives and professionals are not the only ones who struggle with workaholism. It is a cultural norm it seems to keep working longer, harder, and faster than ever. It is about achieving goals and setting the bar higher but it keeps moving the goal and then you find yourself in an endless loop of achievement-seeking behavior. Treatment is different for each person but it can have a profound, positive impact on a person’s health to seek treatment for workaholism.
How it Begins
Work addiction doesn’t just happen overnight. It steps from a long, deep-seated desire to achieve to escape, perform for attention, or keep making more money. There are lots of reasons why people push themselves at work. The person with work addiction not only suffers from inadequacy and fear of failure, they also push family and friends away in the process. Achievement is a quick high, always baiting the craving for one more fix. A person with workaholism feels they lack some things and will need to address this internal distress before they will be able to work on the addiction itself.
Relationships or health crumbling often bring people to rehab who deal with workaholic behaviors. The inability to participate in their own life in a healthy way along with self-neglect can bring about stress-related illnesses. Those who manage to ‘hang on’ and avoid a full-blown crisis are often alienated from family and want to change but their burn out is keeping them from knowing which way to turn. Rather than looking at ways to heal they keep wounds open by refusing to admit the need for help. Recovery from work addiction is challenging. People with alcoholism and substance use disorder break control of addiction by giving up drugs. It is an attitude that also needs support. The best way to seek hope, and help, for addiction is to:
- Acknowledge the behaviors are not working
- Take a deep breath and come back into the body
- Set aside time each day to do nothing besides sitting in stillness
- Get in touch with physical senses. Taking minutes each day outside can be helpful
- Spend time listening to others to build connection back to loved ones
- Recapture hopes and dreams that were left behind because of work
- Ask for support to change the patterns and seek encouragement
There is much work to be done with workaholism when it enters a person’s life. It may mean treating substance abuse, mental health issues, and other challenges. The compromise of more meaningful relationships and improved health can help a person realize there is more to life than work. It just takes time to build a supportive team approach for holistic healing in recovery.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. Workaholism is a dangerous trend in a person’s life that needs to be addressed as a serious issue. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.