Work Addiction

Work addiction, more commonly known as a person described as a ‘workaholic’, has only really been identified in recent years as an activity which can be described as an addiction, with some of the potential harmful side effects associated with other addictive behaviours.  In former generations the so called ‘workaholic’ was perceived as a highly  desirable individual and valued as a great asset to large corporate bodies. Nowadays with the ethos being placed on a work life balance this attitude has to some extent been confined to the past, with much more emphasis now being placed on family, leisure and health.

However, for a significant number of people they still see that their progress and success within their work place environment or organisation can only be achieved by putting in long and dedicated hours, often at the expense of their health and personal relationships. Whilst work and a sense of purpose to life is important, it’s also important that individuals can identify when such activity is detrimental to both themselves and others within their personal orbit. The negative signs of overwork can manifest in burnout, loss or sleep and a fear of failure. Often individuals will  ignore family and friend’s requests to cut down on work and  will often actively seek praise from others for being the first in and last to leave their workplace.

It’s sometimes difficult to identify the root causes of work addiction, but there is some evidence to suggest that it might be learnt behaviour from either parents or other close family members.  Other hypothesis include the view that the workaholic derives pleasure from work in much the same way that other addictions take hold experiencing a high from praise and success. However, it can also be identified that the throwing of oneself into a rigorous work regime may also help avoid and mask other painful emotions they may be experiencing.

Unlike other addictions the objective of therapy is not to encourage the client to totally quit their addiction, as work is necessary to provide lifestyle and security. Therapy however will explore possible causes behind their propensity to prioritise work above all other aspects of life and help them to more fully understand the benefits of spending more quality time with their loved ones and family.

Here at Addictions Away, we help you to explore and identify the reasons behind your work addiction and understand more clearly your emotional dependency on it to cope with life’s ups and downs. This will allow us to deliver the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to your unique circumstances.  Throughout your entire journey on the road to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist will work closely alongside you, thus ensuring the best possible outcome. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority, provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire.

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