Both in the midst of an addiction and during the continued recovery process afterward, one of the main topics of discussing involved with the idea of addiction is what triggers is.
Once you are on your way to becoming sober, you have to make yourself aware of what triggers your craving for the drug or alcohol and constantly try to avoid those things.
But, sometimes during an addiction, it can be hard to pinpoint just what it is that is causing you to maintain the addiction in the first place.
Sometimes, it can be a collaboration of things – from stress to childhood trauma.
But, have you ever considered that work could be one of those things? Probably not.
Work and Substance Abuse
In fact, workplace stress is actually considered to be one of the top triggers for addiction. Think about it – work is where you spend most of your time, so if you are stressed and flustered during the majority of the time you are there, it is likely that you will feel the need to find something to take your mind off that.
The stress from work – or other life events – takes a toll on both the body and the mind. And, this toll it takes on both our mental and physical well-being makes temptations much harder to resist.
Work and Isolation
A lot of people report feeling isolated at work. Oftentimes, we work in our own cubicle or even our own office with a door and everything. This isolation can make you feel even worse – especially if you are already stressed. You might find yourself feeling stressed and alone.
This is especially true for people who work remotely or from home – the feeling of isolation only increases.
So, take time to consider if your workplace could be bringing on your feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. It could be what is causing you to feel the need to use drugs or alcohol as a relief.
So, whether it is the stress of work, the isolation you feel at work, or even just a combination of both – it is time to do something about it. Sometimes, it might be something you can overcome by just making a few changes in your life.
Sometimes, it might be something you can overcome by just making a few changes in your life.
Other times, it might mean that it is time for a career switch. While your job is important, maintaining your sobriety is even more important.