Workplace Stress Can Lead To Alcohol Abuse and Drug Addiction Problems
Elevate Your Potential Magazine
(Nicole Clark) Stress is a known contributor to alcoholism and drug addiction. Some employees in stressful workplace environments turn to drugs and/or alcohol to cope with work-related stressors. What starts as a few drinks after work can turn into an alcohol dependency.
The Stressful Work Environment and Substance Abuse
Many people assume that those struggling with addiction are unemployed and homeless. This could not be farther from the truth. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that 9.5% of full-time workers ages 18 to 64 were dependent on or abused illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year.
The workplace can be a source of great stress, anxiety, and depression. Self-medicating can lead to the “functional addict.” Without the worker realizing it, workplace stress can ultimately contribute to addiction through the practice of self-medicating.
The Problem With Self-Medicating
Self-medicating can stem from a desire to relax and forget about work, but it can also serve to enhance alertness and boost performance. Even a high-functioning person struggling with addiction will build tolerance and need to take more of the substance to reach the desired state.
Soon, he or she will start to experience withdrawal symptoms. At this point, the individual may not be able to maintain uninterrupted daily function. He or she may start having sleeping problems, intense hangovers, or need to remain medicated throughout the day to get through a work shift.
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
It is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Congress established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 1992 to make substance use and mental disorder information, services, and research more accessible.
- To learn more, visit them online at: https://www.samhsa.gov
Co-authors Constance Curry and Kristina Wandzilak discuss the struggles with drug and alcohol addiction at the heart of their book, “The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare.”
This riveting memoir of survival and transformation reveals the true story of a daughter’s decline into alcohol and drug addiction, prostitution and homelessness, and her mother’s efforts to rescue her.
About the Authors
Kristina Wandzilak is the Executive director of Full Circle Intervention, a nationally recognized presenter and author. She has worked in the chemical dependency field since 1994.
Constance Curry has studied and tried to understand the disorder that took over her life and the lives of those she loved most. She has been on various educational speaker panels for practicing therapists and teachers talking on the intricate subject of addiction and family recovery.