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What Workaholism Looks Like (and How to Cut it Out)

What Workaholism Looks Like (and How to Cut it Out)

There are some signs to look for if you or someone you love may struggle with working too much. Workaholism can become addiction quickly if the issues are not addressed. It can lead to family and relationship issues, co-occurring disorders, and physical signs of distress including heart disease and high blood pressure. The signs of workaholism may look different than you think.

Self-Acceptance Issues

A person who has workaholism may struggle with their self-esteem and ability to accept themselves. Finding your identity in work justifies your existence so you focus on work to avoid confronting other issues in your life.


One of the main reasons people become addicted in the first place is to escape or numb out. Work is no different in that people will work loads of hours just to escape reality. When you deprive yourself of feeling, it does not negate that feeling exists, it merely stuffs it down. You will then be deprived of actually knowing that you truly want and need. It is also a way to neglect health and deny enjoyment of healthy balance in life.

Coping Mechanism

Addiction is one of those things that can develop as a negative coping mechanism. Stress and intense feelings can become normalized in a house where chaos is common. Abuse, neglect and other issues may be difficult to deal with as a child so, as an adult, you become anxious and depressed, struggling to cope with the fallout. Mood swings can destroy your life as you seek more peace at home and with family and friends.


We are human and don’t always like mistakes. The funny part about life is that mistakes happen (a lot). When we try to be perfect, instead of human, we rob ourselves of the joy of asking for help because we believe nobody can understand us or live up to our standards. Unrealistic expectations often cheat us of contentment.

Workaholism is an addiction like anything else, and it needs to be treated as such. It takes patience and focus on the issues underlying the addiction to truly tackle it head on. This means facing sometimes our deepest fears and failures, but also knowing we can find support on the other end helps us if we are struggling with workaholism.

Workaholism can lead to other addictions. If you are struggling with working too much or have other addictive issues, we are here to help. Let us help guide your recovery with our programs and services designed to support your individual journey. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401