Things Are Going So Well I Think I’ll Become an Addict

If you're normal you can’t possibly think the same as someone who is addicted because you’re not thinking with an addicted brain.

Most people who foray into the realm of substance abuse and become addicted do so to alter their mood due to intolerable personal pain or anxiety.

Some people still believe this is actually how it happens to people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol. One day a person whose life is wonderful wakes up and makes a conscious decision to self-destruct through the use of substances or bad behaviors. It’s not only untrue, it’s patently ridiculous.

Yet to those unfamiliar with addictions, the normal people or ‘normies’, this is how it may appear. You can’t possibly think the same as someone who is addicted because you’re not thinking with an addicted brain. Those who are addicted do not think or process information like those with normal, non-addicted brains. Neither can, nor will, fully understand the other.

When speaking of addictions, there are two fallacies present in the title of this post — “Things are going so well I think I’ll become an addict.”

First, normies look at Hollywood actors, sports heroes, politicians, musicians or the well-to-do who lose it all over drugs, alcohol or gambling and think, “What a shame. They had it all.” As if those positions in life should somehow make one immune to the throes of addiction or the hardships, pitfalls, struggles, obstacles, and adversities of living.

Clearly, they didn’t have it all. For them, something was missing. Sure, some begin using drugs and alcohol because life for them is good and they just want to add to their enjoyment of it. One must then ask, if life was so good, why wasn’t it enough?

Do You Know and Possess These 4 Cardinal Signs of Wellness

Wellness is not merely the absence of burnout. Nor is engagement the soul defining quality of wellness.

Wellness is not merely the absence of burnout. Nor is engagement the soul defining quality of wellness.

Emotional exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy are the well-known cardinal signs of job related burnout. Engagement, the exact opposite of burnout, displays the cardinal characteristics of vigor, dedication and absorption. But what of wellness? It is probably a state we all like to dwell in, but how is it defined?

Wellness is not merely the absence of burnout. Nor is engagement the soul defining quality of wellness. What constitutes wellness for one will differ in some respects for another because we are all different. Though, there are some general qualities of wellness which seem to be universal.

Here are the four cardinal signs of wellness one who is ‘well’ will possess.

10 Costly Truths, Consequences and Realities of Job Burnout

The long-term consequences of unremitting job related burnout can be severe.

Okay, so you feel completely burned out at your job, but you’ve decided to put your head down, grind away and tough it out until retirement. You have come to believe your current misery is better than the unknowns of change. Have you stopped to consider, though, what you will give up or lose with acceptance of a comfortable misery strategy?

Simply tolerating burnout is not a fail-safe way to go. The long-term consequences of unremitting job related burnout can be severe. They will not only exact a toll on the burned-out individual’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, but will affect others in their life as well. 

Here are ten undeniable truths, consequences and realities about job related burnout and why it should be definitively addressed at all costs.

8 Steps to Recognize and Eliminate the Burned Out Mindset

When you are thinking with a burned out mindset you are thinking with an abnormal brain.

It is hard to engage in normal brain thinking when you are thinking with a burned out mindset, hard but not impossible.

The hallmarks of burnout have been well described — emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a lack of a sense of personal accomplishment. These may accurately describe the symptoms, but these are not the same as the changes in mindset which can occur as a result of burnout. Just what are the key consequences of burnout on mindset and how can they be eliminated?

The burned out mindset can best be characterized by the words limited and restricted, both negative descriptors. People who are burned out often come to feel:

7 Steps that Will Rescue You If You’re Burned Out at Work

You will never be able live a happy life of passion driven purpose if you can't escape the burned-out mindset.

When someone is severely burned out, one of the most difficult obstacles they face is the feeling they’re locked into a situation from which they cannot escape. They come to feel hopeless, even helpless. This is part of the burned-out mindset.

So, you’re burned out at work. You feel exhausted, cynical, and lack any sense of meaningful accomplishment. You’ve come to hate what you do, even though you’re very good at it. Work no longer provides meaningful rewards and you’re afraid if something doesn’t change soon you will forever lose a valuable part of your being. You ask yourself, “Now what?”

I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been there myself.

When someone is severely burned out, one of the most difficult obstacles they face is the feeling they’re locked into a situation from which they cannot escape. They come to feel hopeless, even helpless. There is a tendency to concentrate on what they perceive is lacking rather than what experience, talents and abilities they already possess. This is part of the burned-out mindset.

Fear is the ever-present companion of the burned-out mindset. The fear of changing jobs overrides the absolute need to do so. Even if the current work environment is completely toxic, it is often seen as more secure somehow than the unknown pathway of change. This is a false sense of security.

How secure are you in your work if it is soul crushing, if you feel as though you’re dying a slow death? How long can a toxic work environment survive before the business implodes and employees are let go? How secure will you be if you are forced to make a snap decision to quit because you can’t take it any longer but before you have adequately prepared for your exit? How secure is your job if it builds so much anger and frustration that one day you explode and lash out at a coworker or your boss, or fail to do your work properly and you’re fired?

With so many companies going out of business, downsizing to support the bottom line or because of mergers and acquisitions, job security is no longer a given. If you are in a bad or toxic work environment, discover you aren’t suited for the work you do or just plain hate what you do, it is incumbent on you to change your profession or work venue as soon as you can safely manage it.

There is one big reason for doing this — you will never be able to live a happy life of passion driven purpose if you are burned out.