Signs of Work Addiction

  • Constantly preoccupied with work, constant thoughts or discussions about work issues at inappropriate times
  • Inability to relax while on vacation or spending time with family and/or friends due to work
  • Health issues due to lack of sleep, exercise and/or proper diet
  • Losing interest in personal hobbies or other enjoyable activities
  • Working when extremely tired or ill
  • Anxiety when you aren’t at work
  • Thinking that you are the only one who can do the job correctly
  • Setting impractical high standards regarding work matters
  • Feeling of worthlessness, rushed and impatient


Similar to other behavioral addictions, work addiction is characterized by a compulsive desire to work in order to avoid facing personal issues, such as unresolved trauma or emotional upset. The work addict will find that he or she is unable to cut back on time spent working regardless of personal consequences and continued attempts to do so. It is not uncommon for the work addict to remain undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time, remaining unaware of the damage that such excessive time spent working is truly causing. Those afflicted with work addiction are likely to suffer personal consequences related to physical health, emotional and psychological well-being, interpersonal relationships, and, ironically, work-related performance.

Because work addiction is not immediately life-threatening, those afflicted with this specific disorder may benefit from intensive individual therapy and a related support group – inpatient treatment is seldom necessary. However, it is exceedingly common for those afflicted with work addiction to simultaneously suffer from a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Many work addicts will turn to excessive alcohol consumption in order to relieve psychological stress, or further stifle the uncomfortable emotions they are so desperately attempting to avoid. Because workaholism and related addictive disorders may also be affected by pre-existing mental health conditions, dual diagnosis treatment often proves to be exceptionally beneficial. For more information on our specific program of work addiction recovery, please feel free to call us at Next Chapter Treatment today.

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