by Restorations Therapy Center Staff 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.
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:
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:
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.