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Work addiction

While many people strive for success, fulfilment and career progression in their respective industries, work addiction, or ‘workaholism’, is a behavioural addiction, causing a compulsive need to work, that can adversely affect other aspects of your life.

You may have been described as a ‘workaholic’ or a ‘perfectionist’ by colleagues at work, although this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are addicted to your job role. Work addiction is compounded by an inability to manage a preoccupation with working, and can develop as a result of an intrinsic desire to achieve a certain status or level of success.

When you receive treatment for work addiction at Priory, you will embark upon a tailored addiction treatment plan delivered by our specialist psychiatrists and therapists.

Free addiction assessment at your nearest Priory hospital

Priory offers a free initial addiction assessment, which enables you to gain a detailed understanding of your addiction, and the journey that you will be taking towards recovery.

If you feel a compulsive urge to work, you may often find that you feel physically exhausted. Working long hours or working until the early hours of the morning is common with work addiction, which can have a negative impact on your closest relationships and your social life, particularly if you don’t take holiday leave for an extended period.

Treatment for work addiction at Priory

Despite work addiction sharing many of the same symptoms and behaviours as any other addiction, you may not require the same level or length of treatment as someone with a substance addiction such as drugs or alcohol.

Since a full medically assisted withdrawal detoxification programme or intense inpatient rehabilitation isn’t required for work addiction, unless your addiction is severe, treatment is more likely to focus on day and outpatient psychotherapy sessions, with the ultimate goal of re-training your thoughts and emotions to reduce your compulsive desire to work.

Treatment options for work addiction

Residential treatment

If required, residential inpatient treatment for work addiction involves 24-hour care and support at one of our hospitals. This safe and supportive environment is the most effective way to separate your mind and body from your addiction, and involves a comprehensive therapeutic treatment plan involving a multidisciplinary team of, psychiatrists and therapists.

Residential treatment for work addiction may be recommended if you have co-existing mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression which may have been caused or worsened by your compulsion to work excessively.

Day care and outpatient treatment

Day care and outpatient therapy are the most common treatment options for work addiction. Day care offers a similar treatment environment to residential, although which, and for how many days you visit a Priory hospital for treatment is more flexible than with inpatient care.

Outpatient therapy acts as the ideal step-down from inpatient and day care, and includes expert outpatient therapy as part of a bespoke treatment plan that is flexible around work and personal commitments.

28-day Addiction Treatment Programme

For the most severe cases of work addiction, we also offer a 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme involving free weekly aftercare support for 12 months after completing the programme, and family support during and after treatment.

The programme can be adapted to suit your individual needs, and can include medication management should it be required, individual and group therapy sessions, as well as a variety of additional activities including highly regarded 12-Step addiction recovery meetings and yoga sessions.

A 12-Step support group for work addiction involves other members of the group helping each other to find ways to manage work so that it does not dominate your life, although it is recognised that abstinence from work is not the ultimate goal, as it is necessary for many people to work in order to support their livelihoods.                

No matter what treatment option you receive for work addiction at Priory, you will be provided with 12 months of free aftercare, which helps to prevent relapse and allows you to return to your work and personal life with the comfort of knowing that you have a healthcare support system in place should you require it.

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