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Are You Addicted to Work?

Posted on :  May 26th, 2015  |  By :  towardsrecovery

When people are fighting one addiction, it can be easy to develop another one in its place. One way that people who are addicted to substances can help themselves is developing an addiction to something like work or gambling. Working might not seem like a common addiction but with the ease and popularity of the Internet work addictions are easier than ever to develop. People can work all of the time – which is a sign of addiction.

Working Hard to Keep Your Job

In the United States and Canada, workers are often concerned with losing their jobs. Instead of being replaced, employees will take the work with them on vacation and they will work long after they officially left the office for the night. One of the first signs of addiction to working is not being able to relax and enjoy leisure time.

Time is Money

Since work is directly correlated to money, workers will spend all the time they can, earning money (or trying to earn money). They do not enjoy leisure time because they feel like they are missing out on the opportunity to earn more money. The idea of ¨Time is Money¨ has made workaholism one of the most common addictions in North America today.

Break Down the Issues

Being able to distinguish between people who work hard and people who are addicted involves a few simple questions. A group of researchers created a workaholics scale so they can analyze whether or not the employee would benefit from interventions from therapists. These are statements that people need to agree or disagree with in order to determine if they have an addiction or not. Here are a few of the statements:

  1. You can find ways to release more free time so you can work harder.
  2. You are working on things more often than you are actually in class.
  3. Working keeps you busy so you do not have time to focus on negative emotions like fear, guilt, nervousness, and anger.
  4. Friends, family, and colleagues tell you not to work so much.
  5. Working keeps you from feeling stressed out.
  6. Work gets in the way of your favorite social activities.
  7. Your health suffers because you work so much.

These seven statements are simply part of the battery of statements that help therapists determine whether or not their clients are working too much. People who are always or often feeling these emotions need help breaking them. Most countries report that nearly 10 percent of their population has issues with working too much.

Addiction is Addicting

People who are addicted to working tend to have similar personality traits. Those who are quick to agree tend to be modest, giving, and compliant. Those who are a bit neurotic tend to be angry and hostile when addicting to work becomes real. People who are imaginative dreamers use down time to create ideas to make their workplaces better. Young workers are usually the most likely to get influenced by work so they can develop an addiction.

Creating Unnecessary Emotions

Developing an addiction to work can create excitement and nervousness. New employees might try to impress their new employers by working harder than everyone else. When you work over 50 hours each week, you can rest assured that your addiction will develop and can have both physical and mental problems stem from the quick out.

Don’t Hide From Your Addiction

Being a workaholic might sound like a fairy tale way to experience the world. Instead, you consistently think about work, so you are constantly thinking about work and making money. You probably check your email, call clients, and work online to get work done after hours. Many times, workaholism comes with poor communication, too. The problems come from lack of communication – which can be the quick death of any large employment organization.

Let Toward Recovery Clinics Help

If you are starting to feel stress about how much work you do, one of the best things you can do is find a self-help group or a good counselor. A self-help meeting will help you work through any of the issues you have with addiction. If you do have other questions or comments about developing a replacement for your addiction to drugs and medications, Towards Recovery Clinic can be reached by phone at 905-527-2042.

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