In today’s busy societies, everything is fast. Work, love, money: we all crave the objects of success. We tend to put our careers first and define our identity toward goals and achievements. High-achievers — or type A personalities — put their priorities high as far as success is concerned, resulting in stressful events or situations that may damage their health. In fact, there’s an addiction to success and to overachieving. But like any addiction, this pattern may have deep consequences that need to be addressed sooner or later. Why addiction to success should be cured? And How? Let’s find out.
Addiction is today regarded as a chronic mental health problem by medical professionals around the world. Although we find many styles of addictions — often linked to substance and alcohol abuse — there are also lesser-known addictive behaviors such as the race to success.
Addictive behavior has roots within childhood and the unconscious mind. People with obsessive thinking, addiction to success, and other “extreme” patterns may subconsciously look for adrenaline activities. In fact, research has shown that addiction is a response from the brain toward a belief stored in our subconscious.
Successful people (in their jobs or personal lives) often thrive in a frenzy, risky environment. They are most of them regarded as charismatic personalities with bright minds and enjoy the rewards from endorphins. A study found that successful people often had issues in childhood, bringing about a drive toward success and steering away from trauma. To clear trauma or remove the old beliefs that are stored in the subconscious mind, successful people hide behind their success — and seek more of it to the point of getting ill.
In the end, high-achievers may develop addictive behaviors. They are looking for more adrenaline driven activities, are restless, can’t stop from achieving. As seen as people with confidence or self-assured individuals, success seekers may feel stressed and are often reluctant to seek help. The compulsive need for success and work can ultimately drain an individual out as addiction creates fears, burnouts, and stress — which may eventually trigger other diseases such as PTSD or depression.
Stressful events may be seen as tension-drivers at first that offer an alley for high-achievers to over-perform but there’s a price to pay: mental fatigue, feeling disconnected, weight loss, or sleep deprivation can occur in the life of success addicts. The coping strategies can be denial — “there’s nothing wrong with me” — substance or medication abuse — “I can self-medicate and take care of myself alone”, or ultimately deal with mental problems that can worsen over time.
Like with many addictions, various solutions exist to prevent the road of success to become an addictive behavior that may cause stress. In specific, the combination of these tools can bring positive results in fighting against addiction:
Addiction is a condition. And addiction to success can quickly have negative impacts on our physical and emotional well-being; Like any condition, we need to acknowledge the roots of the issue. Finding the right cure is always within our reach as long as we have the desire to heal and grow.