Teachers and Alcohol Addiction

Teachers and Alcohol AddictionAlcohol addiction affects people of all races, religions, professions, and socioeconomic groups. While some people are born with a biological predisposition toward addiction, individuals experiencing frequent or continuing stress can find themselves at an increased risk for becoming alcoholics whether they have  a family history of addiction or not. While many people would not tend to think of teachers when they consider the problem of alcoholism, these professionals often experience chronic stress, financial problems, busyness, and frustration, all of which are frequently self-medicated by drinking.

Alcohol and Stress

There is an area in the prefrontal cortex of the human brain that uses a complex system of chemical signals and responses to manage the following emotional experiences and phenomena:

  • Panic response
  • Appetite and eating
  • Sleeping and waking
  • The formation and recollection of memories
  • Management of feelings
  • Ability to cope with stress
  • Motivation and optimism

Teachers often work in difficult conditions with woefully deficient resources available to them. Most teachers care deeply about their work. They frequently place great pressure on themselves to serve each and every student and to make sure that each student receives the attention he or she needs to be successful in life. Teachers understand the impact they can have on each student’s life for good or ill. The knowledge of these stakes can create incredible stress and anxiety in the mind of a teacher that really cares. Many teachers relieve that stress by drinking. While a couple of drinks each evening can provide short-term relief, in time this leads to both physical and psychological dependence and ultimately even more of the stress and pain the alcohol is being used to treat.

Why Teachers Resist Alcohol Help

There are many reasons teachers may avoid seeking or accepting help for their alcohol addiction, including the following:

  • They may fear professional consequences.
  • They are often too busy to seek out help or to make time for treatment.
  • Many teachers believe that they can’t afford alcohol treatment on their limited salary.

The truth, however, is that if problem drinking is not confronted in a comprehensive and holistic way, there are sure to be harsher professional consequences, a far greater interruption in the teacher’s schedule, and definite financial repercussions. It is also true that contemporary treatment programs are often prepared to help recovering addicts get the help they need without losing their job or experiencing terrible monetary consequences. The excuses that constantly come to the mind of the alcoholic are often a direct result of the psychological power of addiction.

24 Hour Alcohol Helpline for Teachers

If you are a teacher in need of addiction recovery help, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our staff members are available 24 hours a day with free, confidential answers to all of your questions. We can also connect you with the best recovery program for your specific needs and can help with a wide range of logistical and financial details.

Don’t put off help and don’t tell yourself you don’t have the time or money to get clean. For your sake and your students’, call now.