When trying to recover from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it’s important to be extremely mindful in your recovery. Just because you have left behind the drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean that your addiction isn’t going to try to show itself in different ways. For many people, addiction can manifest itself in the work place. Remember, drugs and alcohol are only a symptom of the disease of addiction, so it’s important to work on other aspects of your life in order to have the best chances of recovery.

Why is it Important to Watch for Your Addiction in the Work Place?

When taking a long, hard, honest look at your addiction, you can begin to see the triggers that took you to taking the first drink or drug. It’s important for anyone in recovery to remember that his or her recovery must come first. Some people make the mistake of thinking their job and keeping busy will keep them sober, but this alone often doesn’t work. You may find that the stresses of work were one of the biggest reasons why you drank or used. We all need to work, but you need to find a balance between work and recovery in order to live a better, sober life.

The Workaholic

Addiction is a very cunning disease, and it can begin to manifest in many different ways. Those suffering from addiction can often find new activities to latch on to as a way to get out of their head once they get sober. One of the most common ways that people tend to do this is by becoming a workaholic. This can happen for different reasons. You may want to work as much as possible to keep busy and stay out of your head, or you may feel in debt to your employer after months or years of being addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Becoming a workaholic can lead to a lot of stress as well as resentments inside and outside of the work place. Remember, your recovery has given you a second chance at life, and it’s your opportunity to repair relationships with the people who love you the most. Thrusting yourself into work more than what’s necessary can take valuable time away from your friends, family, spouse and children if you’re not careful. Overworking yourself can also make you become resentful towards your job. All of which can be triggering for drinking or using.

The Value in Taking Breaks

If you need more evidence about finding balance in the work place, science has conducted many studies on this very subject. Studies show that taking breaks from work makes you more productive when you return [1]. This can be in the form of simply taking a lunch break or some time to just sit and meditate or read. Taking a break from work also helps to fuel your creativity. Even if you’re not in a field where you need to be extremely creative, it helps with your problem-solving skills. If you’ve ever been stuck trying to solve a problem and can’t find the solution, taking a break allows you to return to the problem with a new perspective and the ability to solve the problem in ways you may have not noticed before. This is an important tool to let you step back and reflect on your work as well as to help make sure you are recognizing signs of triggers that may lead to relapse.

Recovery is all about balance, and when you can find balance in the work place and be mindful of your addiction trying to manifest in new ways, you’ll have a much better chance of successful sobriety.


  1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-science-backed-ways-taking-a-break-boosts-our-productivity_n_8548292?guccounter=1