Work addiction differences

by Grace

I am recovering from childhood sexual abuse by my father from when I was very young. The main way I coped with my feelings and suppress them was to become an over achiever. It may be a work addiction I'm not sure. I do know that it is what gives me comfort and relief and definitely the main driver is approval and acceptance. I've noticed I just want to stop facing all of that pain in my recovery at times and work is the easiest way to do that. I've been working with a psychologist who specializes in sexual abuse over the last year and am making progress in many ways.

I'm just wondering how work addiction differs. I know alcoholics stop drinking but I can't stop working. I can see I don't want to use work to gain the approval I need and cover up the shame. I read about the need for structure and I imagine that would help. I have been working less, it's not so much about the amount of time as its about what I use it for. It takes me out of reality and the heavy feelings I feel as I heal.

Not sure if anyone can relate.

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