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What You Do for a Living Could Increase Your Chances of Substance Use

For some people, their occupation can be a significant source of stress. And while most people can manage this stress without turning to drugs or alcohol, for others, their job can lead them down the path of addiction.

Certain occupations have a higher occurrence of substance use disorders. Here are a few of the most common.

Construction Workers

Construction workers face a lot of dangers on the job. They work long hours in all weather conditions, and they are constantly at risk for injuries. It's not surprising that construction workers have a higher rate of substance use disorders than the general population.

First Responders

First responders, such as police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, deal with a lot of stress on the job. They see firsthand the worst that humanity has to offer. They are also constantly at risk for physical and emotional injuries. That said, it is logical that first responders have a higher rate of substance use disorders than the general population with what they deal with daily.

Healthcare Workers

Healthcare workers are under a lot of stress. They see sick and injured people every day and sometimes have to work long hours. This may cause a higher risk of burnout—especially after the global pandemic. To help cope with the stress, some doctors, nurses, and other medical workers turn to drugs or alcohol.

Hospitality Staff

People who work in these occupations often have easy access to alcohol. They may also face high levels of stress daily due to staffing shortages and dealing with the demands of the general public.

Seek Help for Substance Abuse at Decision Point Center

Of course, not every person who works in a high-stress occupation will develop a substance use disorder. But if you are struggling with addiction, it's important to seek treatment.

At Decision Point Center, we offer comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Our program includes detox, residential treatment, and outpatient care. We also have a family program to help heal the damage that addiction has caused. Please contact us to learn more or to get started.

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