Drug and alcohol addiction have the potential to ruin every aspect of your life, but you may not have considered how they can impact your career. After all, you don’t typically drink or do drugs on the job. Unfortunately, excessive consumption of drugs or alcohol can have some serious consequences when you head into work even when you aren’t actively consuming alcohol or drugs during those hours. If you’re experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, your addiction may already be well on its way to ruining your career.
Symptom #1: You’re Late Increasingly Often
Drug and alcohol abuse can make it hard to get out of bed the next morning–and that leads to difficulty making it to work on time. If you’ve found that it’s harder to motivate yourself to get moving in the morning and you’re clocking in late on a regular basis, chances are, your alcohol addiction has started to harm your career. Even if you haven’t been called into your supervisor’s office to discuss your chronic lateness yet, chances are, someone is taking note–and that can mean being overlooked for raises and promotions.
Symptom #2: You’re Getting Sneaky About Drinking or Drugs
You’re not actually drinking while you’re on the clock (or maybe there’s more than just water in your water bottle), but you might be sneaking off to have a drink–or two–at lunch, stepping into the parking lot to have a drink on your break, or drinking right before you have to be at work. Not only that, you’re hiding it: it’s not a social drink or two with coworkers, but rather a solitary habit that you don’t want to share with anyone. As your drinking or drug use increases, you’ll find yourself inebriated at work more often–and that means you aren’t giving your full awareness and capability to your job.
Symptom #3: You’re Getting Tired of People Talking to You About Your Drinking
Quite frankly, you really wish people would mind their own business. Your drinking or drug use doesn’t affect them, and they don’t have the right to tell you what to do–right? As you start to spiral into addiction, you’ll find yourself making any number of excuses for why it’s no one’s business but yours; but the reality is, your choices will continue to impact your coworkers and others that you interact with on a regular basis.
Symptom #4: You’re Struggling to Concentrate at Work
Do you find yourself fighting to focus on work through a haze of drugs or alcohol? Is your alcohol consumption making it hard for you to concentrate, or is your drug use leaving you focused on your next fix when you should be working? These are all signs that your drug or alcohol addiction is seriously hurting your career.
Symptom #5: Your Productivity Has Dropped
You used to be able to handle twice the workload that you can now. You’re turning in work incomplete, or perhaps not turning it in at all. If drug or alcohol use is destroying your productivity, chances are, it’s also destroying your career opportunities.
Symptom #6: You Struggle to Set Boundaries
You said you were going to go without drinking for at least a week, but you only made it a couple of days. You commit to staying sober at work, but you find yourself sneaking off to have a drink at lunch. If your addiction has progressed to the point that you can no longer stick to the boundaries you’ve set for yourself, it’s time to get help.
If you’re wondering how to stop using alcohol or how to stop your drug use, you don’t have to do it alone. At Malibu Hills Rehab, we’re ready to help you walk through the path to recovery. You don’t have to learn how to stop drinking alcohol on your own. We’re here to provide you with the tools you need to successfully reclaim your life and make the most of your career again.