Achieving Work/Life Balance for Recovering Addicts

If there’s one thing that almost all of us are addicted to in this country, it’s work. According to ABC News, Americans work more than any other country in the industrialized world, and even the most positive reports say that the average work week is getting longer. Back in August, when an investment banking intern died, there was even speculation that it was due to overwork after several colleagues revealed that he had just pulled three all-nighters in a row. And that’s not even going into the things we have to deal with that are side effects of work – rushed lunches, paying for day care, rush hour traffic, and so on.

What all of these things have in common is that they can cause us a great deal of stress.

One of the biggest reasons that people become addicted to alcohol and drugs in the first place is to try to find relief from the stressful situations in their lives, so if you’re a recovering addict going back into the work world, it can be dangerous and frightening. You don’t want to push yourself past the tipping point and fall off the wagon because you just can’t handle your daily life without the aid of your chemical of choice. The key is to work hard to put a plan in place that will help you to achieve work/life balance and maintain the calm that you need. Recovering addicts need to use a lot of the same strategies as everyone else, but there are also specific differences.

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Take care of your body.

Eating well, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are things that everyone can and should do in order to lower their stress levels, but they are especially important for recovering addicts – especially exercise. Why? Because exercise can give you a natural high and really help in getting the stress and tension to flow out of your body and mind.

Enjoy frequent breaks.

Whenever you feel like the stress of the working world is closing in on you, take a step back and enjoy some “me” time. Maybe that just means a trip to the water cooler, a stretch, a 10-minute walk around the building, or a visit to the local coffee shop. Whatever you do to take a break, it’s best to physically remove yourself and change up the scenery.

Turn the world off.

With email and smartphones and everything else available in this modern world, it can sometimes be hard to ever really “clock out” from work. But you have to set limits or you’re bound to find yourself stressing out from constantly handling problems around the clock. If you designate personal hours and your coworkers don’t respect that or you can’t keep yourself from checking in, sometimes the best thing to do is literally turn off your phone and stop looking at your email.

Preference your meetings.

Not every recovering addict is going to attend groups or meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but you need some sort of equivalent, even if that means devoting time to your family and friends and getting support from them. Work has a funny way of eating into this time, but don’t let it. You need this support!

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Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.

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