Top 4 Stressors That Can Lead to Employee Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Many people begin using drugs and alcohol during times of stress, even if they don’t realize it. Humans aren’t naturally stressed so use easily turns into abuse. Taking a quick look at the top stress factors that lead to drug and alcohol abuse could help you, a co-worker or a loved one begin to find the root of the problem.

Finances

The leading cause of stress for adults is finances. Millennials and Generation X are feeling this the most because the cost of living continues to rise but the job market for fresh, young workers are pretty stagnant, as well as the amount of money earned. Financial problems usually leak into every aspect of life which, in turn, causes stress in those areas as well.

Try to create a household budget to keep you on track and maybe see where you can save a little. Cutting unnecessary expenses can free up income and ease financial burdens.

Troubled Relationships

Different kinds of relationships can result in stress, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a strain with your significant other, parents or children. Healthy, supportive relationships with family and friends are essential, not having the right relationships could lead to self-medication with drugs and alcohol.

Health Problems

Money usually factors prominently in worries about health. One in five Americans said they skipped a doctor’s appointment or thought about skipping it because they were worried they couldn’t afford the bill. As well as financial concerns, chronic health problems, like pain or depression, can lead to dependencies on prescription pain medications or abuse of illegal drugs.

Major Life Changes

Jarring life changes like a loved one’s death or losing a job can lead to drug abuse. Even exciting life changes such as getting married, moving into a new home, or leaving for college can cause people to abuse drugs if they never learned to properly cope with new stresses. Uncertainty and fear of the unknown are powerful sources of anxiety.

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