Working Women and Addiction

In some professions, such as healthcare, women make up approximately 80% of the workforce. In industries that typically used to be male-dominated, such as construction and the trades, an increasing number of women have begun working in those trades. While the 1970s heralded a period where women were more vocal about being recognized and rewarded for their professionals skills, our society has a long way to go in the support of working women who are also mothers. Some of the biggest obstacles are the following:

  • Time – between preparing for work (hair, make-up, ironing, etc.) and commuting to work, many women spend approximately two hours per day just getting to and from work. Add the minimum eight hours of work time, and a woman is left with little time to take care of errands, household chores, time to be with their children, and also time for themselves.
  • Insecurities – There is an adage that says that women have to work twice as hard to get half the recognition that men receive. While much as been done to break the glass ceiling and receive comparable salary and recognition, many women are still struggling with feelings of insecurity and doubt. Not only are they evaluating their performance at work, but they are also constantly evaluating their role as a mother. Are they giving their children enough time, attention, direction, and guidance? These types of questions bring a great deal of stress to working mothers.
  • Money – children are expensive; especially when you take into consideration clothing, activities, educational expenses, and the increasing expense of child care. While children are certainly worth the expense, financial stress is just another pressure on working mothers.
  • Relationships – right or wrong, for most women, a mother’s priority is her children, and children are extremely time-consuming and require a tremendous amount of emotional and mental energy as well. When a mother is also a working woman, her time and mental investment at work requires at least one third of her week. So there is an extremely small pool of time and energy left for other relationships. Finding time for friends, family, or even some dedicated time for their spouse is often extremely difficult, and while the clock might permit an hour or two, the working woman must then ramp up her emotional and mental energy as well.

Are You Showing the Signs of Addiction?

The following factors have been proven to contribute to addiction:

  • Stuffing – when a woman does not explore or exhibit her feelings, she neglects herself. Couple this with her desire to please others and she is at risk for addiction.
  • Doormat – to avoid the stress associated with arguments and disagreements, both at work and at home, many women relinquish decisions to others. However, this eventually diminishes a woman’s confidence which is another risk for addiction.
  • Emotional Overload – women tend to easily attach emotionally to the people they interact with in life, especially children, parents, spouses, friends, and family; but also with colleagues and neighbors as well. If something happens in these other people’s lives, this can produce emotional and mental strain on the woman.
  • Baggage – some working women are also dealing with emotional traumas such as divorced parents, sexual abuse, bad marital relations, unreciprocated love, etc.
  • Work – Competition and late working hours are key factors that make working women prone to addiction.

Get Help for Substance Abuse and Addiction

If you or someone you know is abusing or is addicted to either prescribed or illegal substances, it is often difficult to determine when a person’s use moves from therapeutic to addictive. However, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today.