Stress and workplace are two words that go hand in hand for most people. Whether you’re working a film on set, in an office at a computer, or defending a notorious client, stress from work can have a negative affect on the lives of many middle-aged adults in the form of drug and alcohol substance abuse.
For most adults, attending work for 8-9 hours a day is only one part of a daily routine. Most middle-age employees also have a number of familial duties that they are required to attend to. Take for instance a divorce lawyer and also a mother of two. During the day, her activities may include meeting with clients, and creating settlements for the people involved, but when five o’clock rolls around, she then switches from her career mode, into mother mode in which she must pick up her two kids up from daycare and then tend to their needs at home. With a routine such as this one, that many women and men share, the pressure of keeping deadlines and maintaining a daily schedule can become very mundane and stressful. And this is where trouble can ensue.
When someone is used to always running on constant energy it can be difficult to tell your body to just slow down and rest. Because this is the case for so many middle-age workers, they often begin to fall into addictive patterns of abusing substances such as prescription drugs, and alcohol to help them relax after a hard days work. The misconception that both youths and adults share in regards to substance abuse is that they can stop whenever they need to. All too commonly people hear, “it’s just a social thing,” or “I only drink at home.” What people don’t understand is that these social engagements and patterns of drinking can actually lead someone to become a full-blown alcoholic down the road.
Stress, and work and family duties can all weigh very heavily upon a person and without a strong support system from friends and family it can be very easy for middle-aged adults to slip into a substance abuse problem. Addiction does not discriminate against age, race or gender and it does not care about the safety and value of your life. Don’t let addiction become your excuse to relax. If you or someone you know has a problem with drug or alcohol addiction, help is just a phone call away.