Behavioral Health Issues Also Contribute to Workplace Addictions
No matter what occupation someone has, if they are struggling with their mental health, they are going to be at an increased risk of developing a SUD. Feelings of anxiety, depression, or an undiagnosed personality disorder could cause someone to misuse drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their feelings while trying to hold down their job. The pandemic has only worsened this problem by impacting workers’ mental health and emotional well-being through increased isolation, illness, job loss and financial instability.
Since the pandemic started, 90% of U.S. adults believe that the country is facing a mental health crisis and the recent wave of layoffs in the tech industry and the ongoing worker shortage which has impacted many small businesses, means this feeling isn’t going away anytime soon. In data from February 2023, individuals experiencing job loss were 53% more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and/or depression compared to just 30% of their counterparts. Additionally, many workers who were laid off during the early months of the pandemic are still dealing with the ongoing stress and emotional toll their job loss took on their personal life and financial situation.