As busy lifestyles of professionals become more hindering to health, Chapters Capistrano explains why addiction is a common side effect that should prompt recovery.
San Clemente, CA, June 2, 2014—
For many Americans, the rise of the busy lifestyle is no stranger; from juggling parenting to work to social responsibilities, many adults—including students and CEOs—may be trying to accomplish too much in one day. According to health and lifestyle experts, the rise in “busyness” is something that can be detrimental to health. For Chapters Capistrano, a Southern California-based addiction recovery center, the rising trends of trying to function amidst a busy lifestyle can also indicate higher risk for substance abuse.
A recent Wall Street Journal article examines the importance of “knowing your limits” when it comes to identifying stress levels in an overachieving work environment. The health consequences, as it reports, could be significant. For instance, the article suggests, “…early symptoms of overload can include insomnia, minor illnesses, rising blood pressure or frequent aches and pains. Emotional signals include irritability and anxiety.”
Other individuals, as noted in recent research from The Sleep Council, are responding to work-life pressures by trying to sleep less. One article reveals, “…experts warn that the have-it-all generation of women trying to squash too much into the working day are particularly affected. The [Sleep Council] report found only 22 percent of women sleep well compared with 30 percent of men.”
Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano, responds, “These are all very important responses that professionals need to take stock of. In the addiction recovery community, it is far too common that individuals respond to these pressures not by reducing workload or chaotic lifestyles, but by turning to illicit substances to deal with these emotions.”
Whether individuals respond to work stress by illicitly using painkillers or drinking alcohol or try to enhance productivity by abusing stimulants, the risk for addiction in a demanding lifestyle is high. A recent article from The Huffington Post observes, “[When] someone needs a chemical in order to perform more (= ‘normal’), they might be advancing on the addiction road, initially paved with the most honorable intentions. Using chemicals to keep yourself going and justifying it with ‘I’m busy’ shows how deeply disconnected from our own selves we have become.”
For those on the outside, according to Shea, the obvious solution to these problems—particularly if substance abuse is involved—is to “slow down” and “take a break.” However, he adds, “It is challenging to break the cycle, especially when coworkers or family members depend on a person to meet a high demand of responsibilities. The concept of embracing calm and stepping away from chaos can feel near impossible to accept.”
When people do find themselves responding to work-life responsibilities with substance abuse, Shea notes that it is critical that they find a way to escape the destructive environment and refocus on what healthy living is to them. For many, the best way is relocating to an inpatient addiction recovery center that is peaceful, welcoming and provides the much-needed respite for rehabilitation.
Chapters Capistrano has found that its comforting oceanfront inpatient facility has helped many functioning addicts reclaim sobriety through flexible treatment options. As a result of a supportive environment, informed staff and introspection, individuals are able to reestablish their priorities and discover new solutions to achieve balance and productivity without dependency on drugs or alcohol.
Those who relate to the above issues are encouraged to reach out to the trained, trusted recovery professionals at Chapters Capistrano by calling 949-371-4198.