Counseling For Workaholics

That grandiose sense of self-importance that seems to be present in epidemic proportions in our society is related to the worst aspects of workaholism, so was perfectionism. — Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D.

More than ever, the world has seen a large number of workaholics or those who are addicted to their work. Many factors are contributing to one’s work addiction however it doesn’t help that the society, in general, puts a premium on people who sacrifice everything for their work. In addition, with fast pace lifestyle and information overload, everyone is pressured to stay informed and knowledgeable about everything. It doesn’t help that markets are competitive and aggressive.


Everybody is striving to achieve perfection and success at all cost. Unlike any other addiction, workaholism is challenging to recognize. Reading some BetterHelp articles will show you that workaholics even refuse to be called as such because they don’t believe it. Awareness of such addiction might be disregarded as something harmless and at times, praise as a positive trait; however, like any other addiction, work addiction can be destructive in both personal and professional spheres of a person’s life.

In order to fully understand the dynamics of a workaholic’s mind, it best to examine the six common fears associated in destabilizing the functional abilities of workaholic as well as their inner security and inflated personas. Every obsession is based on a certain fear. Thus, it is essential to identify chronic fears that lead to workaholics to develop severe panic attacks and depression.

Concern Of Failure

Many individuals with workaholism verbalized extreme fear of failure. There are self-proclaimed perfectionists, and failure to them is an unforgivable betrayal of their idealized image. Their ultimate concern is to fire and relieve their position publicly.

All of your work doesn’t have to be done perfectly. Opt for getting it done rather than spending extra time making it perfect. —

Concern Of Boredom

People who develop an addiction to their work get bored quickly and would become impulsive, restless and even reckless at times. They tend to want things to be done right away. Also, they are easily agitated, fast to placed judgment and generate snap decisions which can lead to grave errors.

Concern Of Laziness

Workaholics pile their lives with schedules and plans to attain unrealistic expectations. The rationale for such is because they believe that if they ease down even for a brief amount of time, the natural tendency towards laziness will appear. They thrive in an environment of adrenalin and aggressive pursuits for the next goal. Due to this irrational fear, they avoid relaxation activities and vacations.

Concern Of Self-Discovery

Due to their ego-inflated arrogance, there are repressed feelings of self-doubt and self-loathing often, projected through insensitive behaviors and anger. They lack insight into how they affect others.

I know we all think this is too simple but it works! What makes it work is to take very even, slow breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth with a longer exhale than the inhale. — Margaret Wehrenberg Psy.D.



There are outpatient therapies available for overcoming work addiction. Unlike any other addiction where the addictive substance is tapered down in consumption and finally, declare sobriety as a long-term goal, in this instance, it is not feasible to stop working due to the addictive. Frequently, patients continue working while at the same time addressing their issues. Examples of outpatient treatments include behavioral therapy, detoxification, and counseling.

The first step in any treatment to be effective is the acceptance of the client himself that something is wrong with them. This is due to the fact that at times, work addicts might manipulate and deceive the people around him and experts that he is reasonable and functional. Second, slowly tackle different areas in the client’s life that are affected by his addiction. For instance, if the family suffered due to the problem, the therapist will give out family counseling and family bonding activities.