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Can Work Be an Addiction?

by on Friday, July 16th, 2021

It’s one thing to be a devoted, committed employee; however, it’s another thing to be a workaholic. There’s often a fine line between the two. A general but loose definition of “workaholic” is to compulsively work hard and long hours. That said, many employees work hard and long hours and would argue they are not workaholics; they are only trying to remain competitive in today’s fierce job market. 

An addiction to work is a real mental health condition. Similar to other addictions, someone who is a workaholic cannot stop their behaviors. Like drug addiction, a person with a work addiction achieves a “high” from working, which leads them to keep repeating the behavior. Workaholics may not be able to stop working despite the negative ways it may affect their personal life or physical or mental health.

Signs of a Workaholic

While there may be no precise definition of what a workaholic is, there are some signs that one can look at to help determine if they may be addicted to their work: 

  • Being preoccupied with work and work projects even when not on the clock or at work
  • Spending a lot of time on work activities
  • Doing more than what is expected to accomplish one’s work tasks
  • Having trouble delegating tasks or authority to someone else
  • Never taking time off — either regular days off or vacations
  • Staying tethered to one’s cell phone, tablet, or computer even when not at work so that work can always reach you

Can a Work Addiction Be Treated Like Any Addiction?

A work addiction may not be treated exactly the same as other addictions, mainly because there are certain things one can do to help themselves, including: 

  • Taking breaks throughout the day
  • Committing to quit work at a specific time every day, including not taking work home with you in the evenings or on weekends

If those things fail, professional therapy or counseling may be needed. In those cases, workaholics may receive similar treatment as do people who suffer from other addictions.

If you think you might be a workaholic and have tried to break yourself of the “habit” but cannot, you may need professional help, just as you would for any other addiction. It’s even possible that your work addiction could be more deeply rooted in something else. To see how Restorations Therapy can help you, call us today at (720) 446-6585 for a free phone consultation. We look forward to helping you or a loved one struggling with underlying mental health issues as you begin your journey to healing and recovery.

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