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Posted: January 15th, 2013
Do you need Workaholic’s Anonymous?

I wonder when Bill W. and Dr. Bob founded Alcoholic’s Anonymous if they had any idea that it would spin off in so many 12-step variations.

While I’ve heard the term “workaholic,” like “chocoholic,” I just thought it was a clever, fun twist on the sobering phrase. It’s not. Apparently, you can be addicted to work.

According to the website for WA, as it’s called, there is a checklist of 20 questions you can answer to see whether or not you might be a workaholic. Here are some of them. If you answer ‘yes’ to more than three, uh oh:

  • Do you get more excited about your work than about family or anything else?
  • Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation?
  • Do you work more than 40 hours a week?
  • Have your family or friends given up expecting you on time?
  • Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing?
  • Do you get impatient with people who have other priorities besides work?
  • Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop doing your work in order to do something else?
  • Do you think about your work while driving, falling asleep or when others are talking?

I breathed a sigh of relief after reading this checklist. No, not for me. In fact, there were only three questions I answered with a ‘no.’ It’s my son who’s dodged the workaholic bullet. He’s definitely not addicted to work, but he might be allergic.

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