Anonymous workaholics

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Anonymous workaholics ( AAS , Eng .: Workaholics Anonymous) are self-help groups for people who are addicted to work ( workaholics ). The twelve-step program of AAS was inspired by the program of Alcoholics Anonymous .

In 1983, the first self-help group for workaholics was founded in New York City as Workaholics Anonymous . The Anonymous Employees Addicts (AAS) have existed in Germany since 1986; in 2017 there were 15 meetings in Germany and 5 meetings in Austria, as well as various telephone meetings.

According to the AAS preamble, the only requirement for participation in the group is a desire to stop working compulsively or non-working. AAS does not charge membership fees, it is maintained through its own donations. The top priority is anonymity , the members do not have to reveal their identity, there are no participation lists or membership cards.

At the regular meetings , those affected have the opportunity to talk about their concerns, although there are no rules regarding the topics. Nobody has to say anything. Only those affected and not psychologists take part in the meetings.


  • Stefan Poppelreuter: workaholism , Beltz, Weinheim 1997, ISBN 9783621277419 , pp 170 et seq.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Work addiction: are you one of those affected? , Schaumburger Nachrichten , May 2, 2012
  2. ^ The Twelve Steps , Website AAS
  3. ^ Wulf Mirko Weinreich: Integral Psychotherapy. A comprehensive therapy model based on the integral philosophy according to Ken Wilber , Araki Verlag, Leipzig 2005, p. 334 ff. Online
  4. John Naish: Enough: How you escape the world of abundance , Ehrenwirth, Bergisch Gladbach 2008, p. 132 online
  5. Julia Giertz: Arbeitsucht-das-vergierter Leiden , Berliner Zeitung , August 6, 1994, accessed on December 12, 2013
  6. Stanley Vitte: Workaholics: When Work Becomes Addiction , Focus , September 13, 2007, accessed December 12, 2013
  7. Laura Gitschier: Addiction: Addicted to work , Die Zeit , February 26, 2010
  8. Samuel Acker: How to drive out the addiction to work , Die Welt , October 15, 2013, accessed on December 12, 2013
  9. Tobias Unger: If you work from addiction to exhaustion , Die Welt , October 17, 2010, accessed on December 12, 2013