Work Addiction

In a culture where hard work or working overtime is expected, it can be difficult to recognize work addiction. And the dedication to your work is in most cases beneficial. As with exercise addiction, when there are positive rewards, it is hard for an individual to stop or seek help.

Signs of Work Addiction

  • Obsessing over work and success

  • Intense fear of failure

  • Excessive worrying over work performance

  • Defensiveness towards others about their work

  • Avoiding dealing with problems in other areas of one’s life

  • Avoiding other activities that was once meaningful in order to work

  • Using work to cope with intense feelings

  • Isolated due to overworking

  • Losing sleep

  • Working extra hours without compensation

  • Disintegrated personal relationships

Treatment for Work Addiction

  • Self-help organizations – Talking with others who also have a disorder have been proven to be very effective. Visit Workaholics Anonymous for more information.

  • Therapy – Behaviour therapy or cognitive behaviour therapy is a proven evidence based therapy teaching skills to reduce the urges. Find a licensed practitioner

  • Medications – Studies suggest that some medication may be effective for the treatment of gambling addiction. Speak to a psychiatrist specialised in addiction treatment for an evaluation and recommendations.

  • Treatment programs – Many in-treatment and outpatient programs can assist with a gambling disorder.

Why choose PRC Recovery?

We are a registered treatment centre specialising in the treatment of addictive disorders. Our individualised approach to treating addiction is based on international standards and includes the many proven modalities in the treatment of addiction.

Key focus areas for an effective program:

  • Family involvement – family participation in the treatment of any addiction is vital.

  • Individualised approach – underlying issues prolonging any addiction is based on the individual and therefore individual treatment plans are an important component to effective treatment of addiction by a qualified professional counsellor.

  • 12 step program – Twelve step programs have proven highly effective in the treatment of addiction and starts forming the solid foundation in early recovery. It is also used as the platform to the introduction of self-help organisations, forming part of the aftercare.

  • Aftercare – Stopping the addiction is only the foundation phase in the treatment of addiction. A well thought-out aftercare plan is crucial to sustain long-term recovery.

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