Is Your Job Leading You to Substance Abuse

Some people feel as though their job is leading them to substance abuse, or for those who are already addicted to drugs and alcohol, they blame their job for being the deciding factor that caused them to go on to abuse drugs and alcohol.  This to a degree can make or break one’s recovery process.  It is certainly true that an ability to find out the truth of what actually brought on the addiction in the first place will certainly make a difference in one’s ability to get clean.

The truth is, employment or one’s job in general can be a factor in one’s substance abuse.  I would say that it is a bit of a stretch to say that one’s job caused them to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, but I would definitely say that one’s job can definitely push one in that direction.  The fact of the matter is, most addicts are employed in some way, or at least employed part time.  As jobs can sometimes be very stressful, it is not a stretch at all to say that a job might contribute to one’s inception of an addiction.

Employment and Substance Abuse

When you closely examine the statistics as I have done, it becomes pretty clear that substance abuse and employment often go hand in hand.  In reality, the majority of people who suffer substance abuse and addiction are employed to some degree, and totally legitimately too.  In fact, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), something along the order of seventy percent of American workers who use illegal substances are employed either full time or, in some cases, part-time.

So now we know that addicts usually have jobs.  We also know from other studies and research projects that a job can and often is the greatest cause of stress and emotional and mental difficulties in a person’s life.  In this way, we can see that, because addiction is often caused by stress, that employment can and would be a factor in one’s overall sobriety or lack thereof.

Let’s examine some of the statistics on these points:

  • An analysis of workplace fatalities revealed that something on the order of at least eleven percent or more of all such fatalities involved alcohol in the victim’s system.
  • Marijuana and cocaine are the top two of the most abused drugs among American workers. Prescription drugs are a close third.  Alcohol is right up there with marijuana. Roughly about eight percent of people who take a drug test at work fail it for one of the above four substances.
  • A study of hospital emergency rooms in the United States showed that about thirty-five percent or a little more than a third of patients admitted for an occupation injury were at-risk drinkers too.

These facts and statistics don’t lie, and this is without a doubt a concerning problem that is occurring in this nation.  For some reason, our jobs are so stressful that they are driving us to drink or to abuse drugs.  This has to change, and it’s on use to effect that change.  I would propose that employees everywhere stand up for their rights as employees and insist that changes be made in their workplaces that ultimately create less stress and more happiness.  After all, if you are not happy at your own job then why work there?

People can tell if an addiction is coming on.  It’s not rocket science.  In fact, addiction is a disease, an illness of sorts.  Just like with other illnesses and diseases, human beings can tell when they are about to occur because they start to experience the symptoms of them.  If you or someone you know is looking like an addiction or substance abuse is around the corner, then it’s time to jump in and really do something about this issue sooner rather than later.  A problem like this that’s allowed to fester with no attempt at handling it will only get a lot worse before it even begins to get any better.  Stay clean, stay sober, and stay stress-free at work!