An addiction to work scenario: It's Friday and while your co-workers are impatiently awaiting the receipt of their paychecks, you are diligently working without a complaint or so much as a peek at the clock.
On Saturday you respond to a call from your boss asking you to come in and help out, and the thought of declining doesn't even enter your mind. In fact, you're glad he called, after all, there's no place you love more than your workplace!
Does this sound like a dedicated employee to you?
Or a workaholic? Signs Of Addiction
There's a fine line between loving your job and being addicted to it.
If you work yourself to death and you haven't a complaint about it, or even if you do but continue to work your fingers to the bone you may be suffering from a addiction.
It's a very real addiction and it affects a wide range of individuals from many different career fields, so please for your own health overcoming that addiction to work is something you must learn to do to have a life.
You may think you are just another monthly employee of the month, you may even receive compliments from others about how hard working you are, but justifying your addiction only keeps you from seeking recovery.
Yes I was addicted to work and I suppose now I still am a little, but now its different as I absolutely love what I do and receive great satisfaction for it (helping people). I talk more about this addiction in my book Overcoming Life's Challenges and how it nearly destroyed everything I loved.
This addiction can affect your life in ways similar to any other form of addiction.
Here are just a few of the affects it can have:
You don't have to quit working for overcoming this addiction, how feasible would that be?
Not very feasible at all.
You do have to recognize that you have an addiction that doesn't do you justice as an employee, but instead does harm to your overall performance in life.
Here are some tips for overcoming a work addiction to help you get on the road to recovery:
Join a workaholics Anonymous group to get support and learn what steps to take to stop your addiction to working, as this addiction is hard to overcome and you need all the support you can get, as it is hard to do on your own.
Involve your friends and family in your recovery, asking them to help you stay in check and not over work yourself.
Stick to your schedule; if you create your own schedule, adhere to the hours you set for yourself. If you work for someone, let them know when you cannot work and don't feel obligated to come in on days off.
Pick up hobbies; finding something that you enjoy doing and do well will give you a feeling of well being and importance outside of work.
Loving your job doesn't mean dedicating your entire life to it, it can make you sick so overcoming addiction to work is what you need to do for your well being.
Looking back on all my jobs I now realized what it was that kept me going, I thrived on recognition, I needed to be Number One and I would work so hard until I got there.
But it nearly came at the expense of my health and my family, thank God I woke up to myself. But I will tell you it took years as I didn't know I was doing it.
Focusing on your recovery will give you a whole new reason to pat yourself on the back, and your family and friends will do so as well!
The thought of nearly losing my son and daughter woke me up to the fact that life is too short, enjoy your life.
Read more Overcoming Life's Challenges
"My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle