Caring for the wellbeing and safety of your employees is crucial in maintaining a happy, healthy workforce and industry image.
The focus on health and safety is continuous and can always be enhanced on a construction site. However there are aspects of maintaining a healthy wellbeing that can’t always be noticeably seen and can easily go unnoticed, such as an addiction.
“Not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.” NHS 2015
Addiction is most commonly associated with drugs, alcohol and gambling, but it can come in many forms.
For example, spending excessive and unhealthy amounts of time at or doing work outside your assigned hours can be considered an addiction. Commonly known as a ‘workaholic’, such an obsession physically and mentally distresses the addict to the point other aspects of their life suffer such as family, relationships and social life.
Causes of an addiction
An addiction is caused when taking part in a particular action gives the individual an enjoyable high that is strong enough to desire the feeling again. After a prolonged process of repetition it can feel almost impossible to maintain a physical and mental state of wellbeing without acquiring this high. It then becomes a real issue when it is easier to continue on acquiring the high rather than going through the hardship of stopping.
Addiction can also be triggered as a form of escape. Stress and pressure from relationships or work for example can create an environment that is not enjoyable and distressing. It is at this point that another environment can provide an escape which is more enjoyable and favourable. Although this may facilitate a more comfortable sense of being, it is effectively acting as a distraction from reality that eventually will need to be confronted.
Ways to tackle it
Managing and overcoming an addiction can be a timely process that should not be rushed. If you feel like you are suffering from an addiction that is affecting your life then it is advised to speak to a professional in the first instance.
You can find a few ways that can help start to tackle the problem yourself or support another individual below:
You can find out more information about tackling an addiction and other details below:
NHS. (2015) Overcoming addiction
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