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The Impact on Work….

Creating and setting career goals gives you a direction and plan to support your family and reach financial stability. If you or a loved one becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, it most certainly will negatively impact your career. Recognizing the ways that addiction will affect your career can encourage you to seek help.


Job Loss

It will be difficult finding a position after becoming dependent on a substance, and there is also the possibility that you or a loved one may lose the job they already have.

Even without a criminal record, addiction can result in inappropriate behaviors. When you are caught up in the distraction of dependance you may ignore your job responsibilities, which can result in the loss of your job. Your employer may be dissatisfied with your work performance or level of productivity. Over time, it could result in the loss of your position.

Income Loss

There are a variety of ways that addictions can have an impact on your life and career. One of the ways it can do so is on your current income level and your ability to obtain a higher income.

Individuals who do not use substances are better able to focus on their career goals. As a result, their work and performance on the job is more likely to be effective and efficient. When a promotion is available, those individuals have a greater chance of being considered. This, over time, results in a lower income level for the addicted person and a greater risk of struggling financially.

Reduced Concentration

As you can imagine, substance use and addiction can result in a preoccupation with using the substance of choice. As a result, it is hard to focus on the tasks at work. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. verifies this. When you or a loved one is focusing on substance use, concentration is compromised and responsibilities are ignored. It can have an impact on the overall environment in the workplace and can result in problems with co-workers, an employer, or even those for whom you are responsible. Co-workers needs, capabilities, or even their role in upcoming projects may be ignored or under valued.

Be aware that addiction of a loved one can also impact your behavior at work. It’s hard to concentrate on your job when a loved one is struggling with addiction.

Difficulty Getting Along With Coworkers

Substance use and addiction causes difficulty in getting along with others states The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. You are less likely to cope well with stress and anxiety when an addiction develops.

Getting along with others is a key component in working with a team, and individuals who do so are often offered better positions.

In summary, addiction severely impacts one’s income earning potential. Depending on the time when the addiction starts and the situation, it may result in a job refusal,  the loss of a job, or a limited potential to grow and reach career goals. Knowing this is reason enough to seek help for yourself or encourage it for anyone you know.