69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
If you could only buy one book on workaholism, this is it!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them (Hardcover)This is a frightening look at workaholism (the addiction to adrenaline) and the different forms in which it manifests itself. Dr. Robinson's words will hit home if you are or know a workaholic. The book includes information on how to recognize the symptoms, the disease's affect on partners, children and co-workers as well as descriptions of workaholic company cultures, and why this disease is encouraged instead of treated. The book gives some help on steps towards managing the disease from the Workaholics Anonymous 12 step program and other programs. Like all other addictions, Dr. Robinson points out that there's no easy fix, especially since the workaholic still has to work. But the disease is as life threatening as any other chemical addiction. There are lists of resources offered including programs, books and tapes. Keep this one nearby when you need the facts.
Tracked by 1 customer
Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jun 10, 2010 6:51:49 AM PDT
I realize I am responding to a very old comment, but I wanted to say that I did not find this book "frightening." As the wife of a lifelong 2nd generation work addict, I found this book comforting, although at the same time depressing. As with other addictions that require moderation and not total abstinence in recovery, work addiction is very difficult to treat. Our society, as well as others around the world, rewards work addiction. It is very hard to get through to a work addict, that the activity they get so much pleasure from, could actually be harming their relationships and ultimately their own lives. Unlike alcoholism, work addiction usually has a high pay-off in money, awards, applause, etc. so hitting the "bottom" may never happen. I don't know how people start recovery without that wake-up moment of "Oh, crap, I am in real trouble here." I only know that for my own sanity, I have to work the 12 steps of recovery so I can handle my own life and my own choice to marry and have children with this dedicated work addict.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 6:57:08 PM PST
work addiction usually has a high pay-off in money, awards, applause, etc. so hitting the "bottom" may never happen. - not really! "lism" means losing control of reality and serving on God--work. Not money - they usually spend meaningless, not award- people around may use workaholics, but never appreciate... So, good news- it possible to hit the bottom! With big regards!
‹ Previous 1 Next ›
Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them(13 customer reviews)
Used & New from: $0.01