Work-Related Stress and Painkiller Addiction

Work-Related Stress and Painkiller AddictionStress is major causal factor of addiction. When individuals experience large of continuous amounts of stress they begin to feel overwhelmed and incapable of dealing with it. Stress can cause physical, mental and emotional strain and when individuals feel unable to handle so much stress in a healthy manner, they seek out other ways to cope. Drugs, alcohol, and food are common substances used to cope with stress because they can distract the individual, alter energy levels, and alter the mind. When an individual wishes to “relax” after a stressful day at work, forget about their problems, or relieve physical symptoms of stress, drugs, alcohol, and food can seem like the easy solution as they provide quick results.

How Does Stress at Work Influence Substance Abuse and Addictive Behaviors?

Work-related stress is even more of a threat for addiction in that so much time and energy is consumed by one’s work that work-related stress can impact a giant portion of one’s health, wellness and quality of life, and also because people think that work-related stress is something they cannot change. So many people are unhappy with their jobs and continue working under unhealthy, stressful conditions, but because it is a job and not a relationship or hobby, individuals feel like they have no choice but to keep working for a paycheck or to support a family.

Work-related stress is inevitable, just like everyday stress, but if individuals can identify the work-related issues that are causing large amounts of stress in their lives, they can then prepare themselves to cope with these stressors in a healthy manner, as well as eliminate any stressful issues, if possible.

Why Does Painkiller Abuse Stem from Work-Related Stress?

Work-related stress can cause a number of adverse physical, mental, and emotional effects, such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, anxiety, depression, digestive problems, high-blood pressure, tension, and it ultimately impairs the overall function of the immune system. Painkillers are the easiest form of relief for these symptoms, since alcohol and most other drug use is not permitted while on the job.

What may start as an innocent or legitimate attempt to alleviate symptoms of stress from work can quickly develop into painkiller abuse and addiction. Painkillers are powerful and tolerant building, and several provide euphoric effects or feelings of wellbeing in addition to pain relief, which increase the user’s desire to continue use. Most painkiller addictions that stem from work-related stress do not begin from an individual’s desire to achieve euphoria, but simply the from the desire to alleviate symptoms of stress and move forward with their work duties. However, when painkillers are viewed as the solution to a stress-related issue, individuals are likely to revert to this solution over and over again because the effects are quick and easy to achieve. In a short period of time, individuals can develop a tolerance to the effects of a painkiller drug and this can spawn self-medicating practices, where an individual increases the amount or frequency used. When the initial reason for painkiller use does not go away, it is unlikely that an individual will cease their drug use anytime soon, and when one attempts to overcome tolerance levels, painkiller dependence and addiction are quick to develop.

Find Treatment Help for Painkiller Dependence Resulting from Work-Related Stress

Your life, relationships, health and wellbeing are far more important than a job. If work-related stress has caused you to develop dependence or addiction to painkillers or other substances, we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour number today to speak with a trained addiction counselor about your options for addiction treatment and issues related to stress.