First and foremost, architects may face an abundant amount of pressure as they are forced to travel at times for certain projects that they undergo, and/or oversee. Not only that, but there hours may vary, as well as shift, between daytime and nighttime, as they extensively plan around necessary deadlines that must be met by the client As a matter of fact, according to Campus Explorer, “approximately 1 in 5 architects work longer than 50 hours per week”.
In addition, architects spend most of their time within an office, as they discuss plans with clientele, but shift when they visit the job site, and/or location, in order to make sure the project is going according to plan. For, they have to ensure the client’s needs, and/or vision for the project, are met. That’s why they visit the site because through doing so they can make sure that no problems have arisen, and/or no obstacle has presented itself to affect the deadline of the project.
Furthermore, if a project is running behind schedule the architects hours may vary, causing longer work days to take place in the process. As a result, this can cause underlying stress for that individual, due to the pressure that comes with the tasks he/she must undergo, as he/she tries to play catch up. Therefore, as with anyone, stress can cause that person to resort to drugs and alcohol as a way to release the negative emotions he/she is feeling.
However, through doing such, they may find themselves dependent on the substance, which will in turn trap them, via. addiction. As a result, that addiction can destroy the life on any individual who continues to use drugs, and/or consume alcohol. It could cause an architect to be delayed, and/or late on the projects that they are taking part in, and affect his/her personal life, as well as his/her career.
In conclusion, architects, and those of various other professions, struggle with addiction on an ongoing basis—based off of the stress and pressure that they undergo within their career. However, many look for a quick fix, rather than solving the problem at hand—right at its source. Therefore, one must be careful to handle the stress and the pressures that they feel at work, home, or both, in a healthy way, rather than turning to certain coping mechanisms—such as substance abuse.