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Workaholism: The “Respectable” Addiction with Dawn Nickel, PhD

Have you gone above and beyond at your job? To the point of sacrificing sleep, personal plans, and perhaps, your moral values?

Overworking, also known as workaholism, is when someone is addicted to work. It can also be described as incessant internal and external activity with the underlying belief that if you’re not always active, you don’t have the right to exist.

In this recovery educational series replay, Mental Health Monday, SHE RECOVERS co-founder Dr. Dawn Nickel explains overworking and how to recover from it. She offers support, tools and resources for this addiction that is often thought of as respectable.


Dr.Dawn Nickel is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, with a PhD and consulting expertise related to women and health care policy and the author of SHE RECOVERS Every Day. In her work as a researcher, Dawn has focused largely on exploring how best to support women who experience substance use disorders, mental health issues, and intimate partner violence.

Dawn currently identifies as being in active recovery from anxiety, grief, workaholism, and the patriarchy.

When she isn’t writing, working as a healthcare and social policy consultant, or helping to grow the movement she started, Dawn can be found hanging out at home with her family, walking or hiking, and doing puzzles. Her life goals include “graduating” therapy, writing more books and a screenplay, completing her travel bucket list, and spending quality time with family.


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SHE RECOVERS® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and a global grassroots movement serving more than 325,000 women and non-binary individuals in or seeking recovery from life challenges including mental health issues, trauma, and substance use. SHE RECOVERS is dedicated to redefining recovery, inspiring hope, ending stigma, and empowering women to increase their recovery capital, heal themselves, and help other women to do the same.

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