Over working

Burnout and stress

Long office hours, technology-enabled ‘out of hours’ working availability and the great social significance placed on success in the workplace all serve to promote work practices that can easily become unhealthy. Against this background, it is often hard for a person to acknowledge an excessive relationship with work as a problem.

At CHARTER we have dedicated short programmes that you can attend without having to much time off work as we understand that this would feel impossible to you. As if you are a work addict, you are likely to feel indispensable, constantly busy and in demand, you will struggle to delegate, or to enjoy time off. Many work addicts are senior and high profile individuals whose identity is entirely centred around their work. These people struggle to relax, switch off, take time out, and even to sleep. They suffer from headaches, anxiety, exhaustion (chronic fatigue), stomach ulcers, burnout and heart attack. Internalised stress is a silent killer, and when a person is unable to release stress and to take the time to re-calibrate their emotional and physical system, the stress will compound itself relentlessly.

The emotional isolation that is bound in with the need to be in control is profound for the work addict so group therapy is by far the best way of treating it. But because this pattern usually hides a profound low self esteem, this can feel very threatening. At CHARTER we can support you in individual therapy until you feel able to attend a group or workshop with others who are similar to you, so that you can really make your recovery work for you.

Many work addicts resort to prescription drugs and alcohol to help relieve the tension they experience, and some engage in behavioural processes such as gambling, compulsive or dependent relationships and compulsive exercise in order to cope. At CHARTER we can treat these as they emerge as alternative ways of coping so that we remain focused on you, and on helping you to develop the emotional and mental resources to live your life in good esteem and to the full. Readmore +

Families & partners

The experience of those around the work addict is a valuable barometer of the condition: they will feel neglected and ‘second best’, and will walk on eggshells around the highly motivated, stressed and busy work addict. Intimacy suffers in the face of this pressure, as do personal relationships with family and friends as the work addict is usually distracted and difficult to pin down. If this sounds like you, CHARTER can support you too, by helping you to develop better patterns of self care, challenging your resentment, and by guiding you to reconnect with your self esteem. From there you will find you have more credibility, and are less vulnerable, when challenging the work addicts way of life. Our popular Family Group on Tuesday evenings is a valued resource for many family members, providing education and support, and where many families and partners begin their own recovery journey.

Getting help

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can make an appointment with our assessment team using our Enquiry Form or simply give us a call so that we can discuss your treatment options and how we can help you or a member of your family.

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