When we get into recovery there are a lot of things we need to be careful with such as where we choose to hang out, who we choose to hang out with and the activities we choose to do. What if I told you that you should be careful with which career you choose? There are actually certain jobs that are more likely to have addiction problems than others. Here are the top 10 most addiction prone careers.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Food Preparation & Serving
Working in the field of food preparation and serving there is a lot of drinking and drugs involved. I’ve personally never been in the food industry but I have friends who have told me they would take shots on the job and be offered cocaine multiple times on a shift. With that type of environment it can be really difficult to not get into addictive habits.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Construction
For construction workers, most of them end up being independent contractors which means they are usually not given drug tests. They work very hard and as a result also party hard. The work is extremely physical and construction workers are at high risk for injuries and chronic pain and that encourages prescription pain killer abuse. Also, being paid in cash (which they are a lot of the time) doesn’t help much and just makes it easier to go buy drugs.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media
This one I think is pretty obvious, being an artist or in the entertainment line of work is another job that you can be around alcohol and drugs at any time and a lot of stars and famous people have so much money and access to whatever they want. It can be really hard for people in these fields of work to get help due to being in the public eye.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Sales
Being in sales can be a high pace and high stress work environment. You are always being encouraged to sell more and more. Being in this type of work can definitely increase the want to relieve stress after work (or even during work) with drugs or alcohol.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Installation, Maintenance & Repair
This career choice has been found to have an illegal drug consumption rate higher than I expected. These types of workers are definitely more independent and have the freedom to drink or drug. They should be careful though because that can cause many accidents in their line of work.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Farming, Fishing & Forestry
This is another job where you are out on the field (literally) and usually don’t have your boss looking over your shoulder, which makes it easy to fall into addict behavior. After working outside all day it is also relaxing to unwind and drink or use narcotics.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Transportation & Material Moving
This job, like pretty much most of these jobs is a job where you are in control and doing work on your own. No one watching or drug testing (depending on the job).
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Cleaning & Maintenance
In cleaning and maintenance you usually are going into offices or businesses after hours and working self-sufficiently. Due to this many people end up abusing different narcotics. These jobs don’t abuse drugs as easily as construction and other independent jobs but they still have the potential to do so.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Personal Care & Service
This career can be stressful and force you to have a lot of patience and tolerance that some people don’t have; therefore it can cause many workers in these jobs to drink or use drugs. Especially constantly catering to other people’s needs can be tiring, and you can end up wanting to reward yourself with something to make you feel better.
The Top 10 Most Addiction Prone Careers: Office & Administrative Support
I have a lot of experience personally with addiction in this line of work. I had an office job and was always so stressed out and exhausted. To relieve stress I would do Xanax and to keep myself awake I would do Adderall, and back and forth with these two drugs and it quickly turned into a problem. Depending on the job you have and if you already have a disposition to be an addict or alcoholic, becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol can happen to anyone given the right (or wrong) circumstances. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.