What is Work Addiction?

Work addiction is a condition in which individuals are unable to set healthy boundaries around their job schedules. Work addicts use work as their source of satisfaction in life. This choice not only affects the addict, but family and co-workers as well.

What are the effects of work addiction?

Work addicts are constantly driven to perform and are unable to relax or feel a sense of accomplishment. Their behaviors are self-imposed and based on inaccurate self-perceptions, stemming from underlying emotional problems. Work addicts generally exaggerate their importance and accomplishments, using work to avoid negative emotions.

The Meadows Can Help

At The Meadows, we look beyond the symptoms of work addiction and treat the addict’s core issues of self-esteem, moderation, reality, dependence, and boundaries. Beyond The Meadows’ Work Addiction Program, Family Week is also a very helpful resource for reconnecting families and leading them down the path of healing.

What is a Gambling Addiction?

Gambling addiction sometimes called “problem gambling,” is an impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control the urge to gamble, even when they know it has negative consequences that will hurt themselves and their families through strained relationships and financial problems. Unpleasant feelings — such as stress, depression, loneliness, fear, and anxiety — can trigger or worsen the disorder. Compulsive gamblers continue to gamble though they know the odds are against them, and they can’t afford to lose.

What are the effects of gambling addiction?

Problem gambling can strain relationships, interfere with responsibilities at home and at work and lead to financial ruin. Individuals struggling with a gambling addiction may feel the need to be secretive about their gambling, have trouble controlling the urge to gamble, gamble money they do not have, steal, or cause family and friends to worry about their gambling behavior.

Gambling addicts get the same rush from gambling as other addicts get from drugs or alcohol. The act of gambling alters an addict’s mood, compelling him or her to gamble in order to achieve a “high.” Just as alcoholics and drug addicts develop a tolerance to alcohol and drugs, the gambler will need to gamble more and more to achieve the same effect. The continuous search for that “high” ultimately develops into an addiction.

Get Help for Gambling Addiction Treatment

At The Meadows, cognitive behavioral therapy and other techniques help clients change unhealthy gambling behaviors. Problem gamblers learn how to control their urges, deal with uncomfortable emotions, and resolve underlying issues that brought about the addiction with our gambling addiction treatment.

To find out how to regain control of your work schedule and life. Contact The Meadows at 800-244-4949.