2 thoughts on “Addiction Swap: Substance Abuse and Workaholism

  • March 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    As you said, workaholics are often lauded by everyone but their families. Some careers even demand workaholism. I am thinking of lawyers and doctors. During an internship doctors are worked to point of exhaustion. New lawyers may work 70+ hours a week.
    Many lawyers burn out and have a melt down. We don’t hear about this so much from doctors.

    This is all done to the detriment of their family. How can you be a good parent if you work 70+ hours a week? It is also done to the detriment of their clients/patients. Being awake for 18 hours is the equivalent to a BAC of 0.08 according to the National Sleep Foundation.
    How good can your lawyer be if he is up at 5:00AM or an hour before work, drives an hour into the city and he works until 7:00 PM at night and needs another hour to get back home and does some more work at home. Short sleep cycles and long days makes for a sloppy lawyer. Same thing for doctors.
    It is dangerous. It isn’t like they do their least important work later in the day. When these people make mistakes tragedy can occur.

  • August 11, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Expert psychotherapists confirm that workaholics actually have some kind of features of an obsessive compulsive personality disorder or OCPD. The carving of workaholics for achievements is always driven by perfectionism and insecurity. They don’t consider their work as a source of income as they are simply mad about working and as a result it conceals everything and everyone in their lives. A co-modification of the work force has been observed in the recent past. Undoubtedly, every company seeks efficiency, urgency and speed. And as a result, everyone is becoming workaholic, especially due to co-modification. Every employee of an office needs to be super efficient, but it doesn’t mean that they need to work like a robot to prove their self-worth to their boss.


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