Workaholics - Help With Job Addiction

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Workaholics - Help With Job Addiction
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“Workaholics”: prevention & help

As with many other addictions, those affected lack insight for a long time. Only with increasing level of suffering does the awareness of the addiction gradually arise…


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  • ">">What companies can do


  • ">">Whom can I ask?


  • ">">How are the costs going to be covered?



Since “work” cannot be avoided as a basic need and livelihood security, like other addiction triggers such as alcohol or nicotine, a controlled, measured approach to work must be learned. In the course of the work-up, a healthy relationship with work should be established. The following behaviors can be helpful to prevent work addiction and counteract the first beginnings:

  • Not taking work home with you
  • do everything bit by bit and not at the same time,
  • switch off the work cell phone in the evenings and on weekends,
  • adhere to a maximum daily workload,
  • Do not set deadlines (if possible) too short,
  • just say "no",
  • get help
  • Delegate work,
  • don't want to make everything perfect
  • try your hand at teamwork,
  • to forgive mistakes
  • Take a day off in between or
  • Go home earlier with flexitime.

Measures such as relaxation and stress management techniques such as autogenic training, sporting activity as a balance or refreshing old or looking for new hobbies help to enjoy leisure time. Exchanging ideas with like-minded people in a self-help group can also help you to see your own actions more reflectively and to empathize with others.

Test: am I a workaholic?

Do you live to work or do you work to live? In a short test, you can find out whether you are at risk of work addiction (Robinson work addiction risk test, 2000). Please note, however, that this questionnaire is only used as a guide as to whether there is a possible risk of work addiction - by no means for self-diagnosis!

Click here for the Robinson risk test for work addiction (TÜV Rheinland).

What can I do as a relative?

Job addiction can have massive effects on the social environment (e.g. family, partnership, circle of friends). Dealing with the situation - especially in the immediate vicinity of those affected - is often a challenge. What exactly should you do if you notice that someone is slipping into addiction to work? Usually clear confrontations are blocked with it, or it is put off until later when everything changes. Addicts become "blind" to their own problem. This is part of this vicious cycle and not a calculated intention. Look for an open conversation and confront the person concerned with the work addiction in a targeted manner. Try to convince him / her to get professional support. Avoid encouraging or exacerbating work addiction ( playing down the problem or assisting with addictive behavior).

As a relative, your well-being can be indirectly impaired by your partner's addiction to work. In addition, you have almost no control over the behavior of the other, but over your own. Therefore, make sure that you do not always back off and that your wishes and plans are not neglected. If the end of work, the weekend or the vacation (again) is impaired, postponed or canceled, you can still stick to your plans, e.g. the originally planned visit to the cinema or the weekend excursion. You don't have to cancel your vacation either; you can consider alternatives if necessary. If it gets too much for you, don't be afraid to get professional help in good time (e.g.through psychological counseling or psychotherapy) or to go to a self-help group. The longer you wait, the trickier things get for you.

What companies can do

Employers who think that job addicts are welcome workhorses are wrong - because the long-term consequences of work addiction also damage the company. Countermeasures should be taken, for example by adapting regulations regarding working hours, breaks and vacation, employees have to adhere to maximum daily working hours, overtime is not paid or programs for stress prevention are offered in company health promotion (e.g. coaching, relaxation). A personal conversation with those who may be affected can help to find individual solutions and offers of help. In general, it is helpful to get help and advice from job addiction professionals before such a conversation.

Whom can I ask?

Do you notice signs of work addiction in someone around you whom you want to help, or do you suspect you may be work addict yourself? In such cases, it is best to contact:

  • Psychotherapist,
  • clinical psychologist,
  • Psychiatrist,
  • Support group.

They will carry out a detailed survey with you and assess whether you are addicted to work. The treatment focuses on dealing with addictive behavior. Individual or group therapeutic measures are used. In many cases, family therapy may also be required, as relationships within the family are usually strained by work addiction. Sometimes, for example, if there is an acute risk of burnout, mania or depression, an inpatient stay may be necessary.

How are the costs going to be covered?

All necessary and appropriate therapies are covered by the health insurance carriers. Your doctor or the outpatient clinic will generally settle accounts directly with your health insurance provider. With certain health insurance providers, however, you may have to pay a deductible (BVAEB, SVS, SVS, BVAEB). However, you can also use a doctor of your choice (ie doctor without a health insurance contract) or a private outpatient clinic.

You can find more information under Costs and deductibles and under What does the hospital stay cost?

When making use of psychotherapy, full cost coverage is possible in the health insurance institutions' own or contractually bound institutions, as well as in institutions that are subsidized by the public sector. In these cases, however, there is the option of paying a deductible. Otherwise, you have the option of applying for a subsidy from the health insurance company if you are undergoing psychotherapy with a resident psychotherapist. If this is approved, the health insurance provider will reimburse you for part of the fee paid to the psychotherapist. However, the health insurance carriers only provide a subsidy if there is a so-called disease-related disorder.You can find out more about reimbursement on the website of the social security agency.

Clinical-psychological diagnosis is a service provided by social health insurance, the costs of which are borne by the health insurance providers. You have to bear the costs for treatment or advice from resident clinical psychologists, as this is not a benefit from health insurance.

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