This series is a continuation of the previous article “Addiction: A Family Affair,” as well as the article “How Addiction Affects Friends.”
The symptoms of addiction affect far more than just the addict, themselves. There are clear indications that the people around them, the people who care about them, feel the pain that is caused by that addiction. Addiction can lead to other destructive behavior, both to themselves and others. This slippery slope will eventually cause the meaningful relationships that addicts have to erode, making it harder to recover. This series is about the different people who are affected in the life of an addict. Here’s how friendship affects your coworkers…
Affects your job performance
Drugs have the capability to fundamentally change who you are as a person, at least for as long as you are suffering from addiction. This means that your work ethic can be affected by drug abuse. Addiction will hamper your ability to do your job well, in many cases, as it affects you both mentally and physically. This means that your job might be at stake, sadly. Being in this situation will greatly affect your relationship with your coworkers.
Makes you more difficult to work with
It’s no big secret that drugs can have a very negative effect on your personality. One of the most noticeable effects of addiction is how it changes who a person is. This noticeable change might be viewed negatively by your coworkers, especially if it brings out emotions such as anger or depression. This may make your coworkers less likely to want to deal with you. Also, addiction comes with a stigma that often repels people, sadly. This shouldn’t necessarily be the case, but it is a reality. Addiction can easily alienate you from the people you work with.
Makes you less reliable
As your job performance begins to suffer during your struggle with addiction, due to changes to your personality, your reliability might begin to suffer. If this is the case, then your coworkers are going to be much less likely to approach you about certain job responsibilities, or even come to doubt your ability to get work done in the first place. This will make you less active at the job, which could further alienate you and possibly put your job at stake. Putting yourself in that situation might make you more susceptible to negative behaviors that accompany addiction in the first place, causing a lifestyle spiral.
Real Stories of Recovery
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...