Jobs Associated with Higher Levels of Addiction

jobs associated with addiction

There are jobs that carry higher risks of addiction and alcoholism, but the actual breakdown of drug abuse by profession may surprise you.

Certain professions are linked with higher rates of drinking and higher rates of drug abuse. This includes bartending, mining, construction, and real estate. [1] Here is why these types of jobs are associated with higher rates of addiction, alcoholism, and drug abuse.

Professions Most Likely to Drink

For women, alcoholism is more common for professions in entertainment, writing, and hospitality. This includes bartenders, editors, reporters, musicians, and composers, with a greater risk of alcohol-related deaths for women bartenders by 2.89 times higher than the average. [2] The treatment team at our inpatient and secondary women’s IOP rehab in Tampa can treat the various factors that influence alcoholism.

Drug Abuse by Profession

While bartenders are more likely to struggle with alcoholism, the jobs with higher risk of addiction are different when considering drugs over alcohol. Professions with higher rates of drug abuse include:

  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Utilities
  • Agriculture & Hunting
  • Transportation
  • Warehousing

There are numerous reasons these are jobs with higher risk of addiction. When considering drug abuse by profession, it’s also important to look at the socioeconomic factors influencing substance use. Geographic factors, such as living in communities with opioid epidemic struggles, may influence the rates of drug abuse in mining professions. Other risk factors, such as separation from regular social relationships and lack of supervision, may increase substance abuse or drinking in certain professions. [3]

Treating Addiction and Alcoholism with Industry-Specific Solutions

At Banyan Hyde Park, we offer industry-specific drug and alcohol treatment. Our corporate recovery program includes tailored treatments that allow patients to re-enter everyday life post-treatment with long-lasting sobriety in hand. This program addresses the unique challenges women face in their industry and gives them the tools needed to stay sober long after completing treatment at our residential drug treatment program in Tampa.

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  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)– Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder by Industry
  2. Business Insider – 17 Jobs Where You’re Most Likely to Become an Alcoholic
  3. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) – Alcoholism and Occupation

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.