Work-Related Stress and Opiates Addiction

Work-Related Stress and Opiates Addiction

Work-Related Stress and Opiates Addiction

We all face different forms of stress in our lives. When you manage a difficult situation, stress is the natural result and it can affect anybody at any time. In particular, work-related stress can be very damaging, because it is often ongoing. Many workers feel stressed as they take on too many tasks and multi-task throughout the day. Stress from the workplace often leads people to seek out dangerous ways to cope such as opiate drugs or narcotic painkillers. This destructive habit can lead to addiction, which then only increases overall stress levels and the problem continues to escalade. So if this describes your situation, please seek help as soon as possible to address any substance abuse problems.

In many cases, alcohol is a commonly abused substance as a result of stress at work. Statistics show that in the past thirty days, over 34% of adults admit to being drunk.[1] But now as opiate use is more common, many choose to abuse painkillers.  The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which oversees the federal government’s response to drug abuse, estimates that 10 to 12 percent of employees use alcohol or illegal drugs while at work.[2]

Work-Related Stressors

Work-related stress is especially troublesome, as it can impact many different aspects of life. There are many problems in the workplace that can cause occupational stress such as disagreements with other co-workers, difficult customers and more. A common work-related stressor is working long hours; those who work for extended periods of time are at risk for both physical and psychological harm. In addition, stressful workloads can lead to decreased social interaction, less family involvement and altered sleep patterns—all of which lead to an increase in stress levels.

Burnout is another work-related stressor that plagues many. Extended fatigue can lead to exhaustion, lack of motivation and negativity in the workplace. All occupations experience some level of burnout. Regardless of the cause of work-related stress, it can lead to opiate abuse and addiction. Opiate abuse offers temporary relief but creates long-term problems to health and relationships. There are many other healthy alternatives to consider instead of opiate abuse.

Treating Work-Related Stress without Opiates

One of the best ways to deal with work stress is to set aside time to reduce stress. One of the most important things you can do is participate in some form of physical exercise. This boosts your dopamine levels. Another thing to consider is to take up a hobby. When you intentionally participate in a hobby you enjoy, this is a simple way to promote good mental health. Those who work long work hours seldom take time for leisurely activities. Now is a good time to take up reading, writing, hiking or listening to music. When you do something you enjoy after a stressful day at work, in many cases you will find that you feel better.

Opiate abuse due to work-related stress can lead to serious health consequences. Please seek help if you or someone you know is caught in this trap. Please call our toll-free helpline to speak with a professionally trained counselor who is ready to help. You can call at any time, as the helpline is open 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have. Get the support you need to feel better today.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/monitoring-future-2013-survey-results-college-adults  Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results: College and Adults

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-act-violence/201402/the-opiate-addict-in-your-office   The Opiate Addict In Your Office. Albrecht, Steve. Published on February 17th 2014.