Battling Workaholism: A Fulltime Job

Is your life all work and no play? You may be a workaholic, or in danger of becoming one.

And you're not only not alone, it appears you're being joined by a growing number of others.

On The Early Show Friday, Thalia Assuras reported that more than a-third of Americans will opt to not take all the vacation days they're entitled to this year, and Americans are averaging more than three hours a week more today than their parents did. That's the equivalent of three-and-a-half more workweeks a year.

Assuras says a group called Workaholics Anonymous is spreading, with more than 35 regular meeting sites around the country. Members grapple with what they consider a disease as serious as alcoholism or drug addiction.

Also Friday, co-anchor Rene Syler spoke with psychotherapist and University of North Carolina Professor Emeritus Bryan Robinson Ph.D., a self-described recovering workaholic who has authored 25 books, including "Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics."

Robinson addressed the real-life impact of being work-addicted, how to know if you are a workaholic, and what you can do about it.

To watch the Assuras report, click here. To see the Robinson interview, click here.

To read an excerpt of "Chained to the Desk", click here.
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