When you think of an alcoholic, what image pops into your mind? If you see someone who appears to be at “rock bottom,” you only see one part of reality — someone you love could qualify as a functional alcoholic. These are people who look just like anyone else in society, working, taking care of families and maintaining a daily routine.
Functional alcoholic is not a medical term. But it does describe someone who appears to maintain a career, school life, reputation or responsibilities despite drinking too much. In fact, these people rarely miss a day of work or school because of their drinking. They appear successful, yet constantly struggle with the desire to drink and the trouble drinking causes them.
Denial of a Functional Alcoholic
One of the biggest fears of someone who drinks is their own drinking problem. They fear embarrassing themselves or people they love. But a functional alcoholic lives in deep denial. They suffer few consequences of their drinking because they manage their typical routine so well.
Because a functioning alcoholic does not look unhealthy, they do not see how drinking affects their health. They do not suffer legal problems, either. These people can typically afford to drink or do so without causing financial problems. So many pressures a typical alcoholic feels because of drinking do not affect the functional one.
This lack of consequences enables them to keep drinking. They do so in complete denial, a denial deeper than others who drink and suffer problems. But a big problem does exist. The denial just keeps them from getting help when they need it.
Are You a Functional Alcoholic?
When you look at your drinking problem, you must put your functioning aside. Alcoholism is not about being able to get away with drinking. It is about problem drinking that affects your health and the wellness of everyone who loves you.
Ask yourself some key questions, to know if you suffer a functional type of alcoholism. Signs include:
- Drinking more than intended
- Having a high alcohol tolerance
- Drinking to deal with stress
- Surrounding yourself with people who also drink heavily and ignore your signs
- Experiencing blackouts and memory loss after drinking
Getting Help Is Critical
Even if you are a functional alcoholic, the bottom eventually drops out of your lifestyle balance. You probably fear that moment when things start crashing down. You see signs of that, now. Reaching out for help from an alcohol addiction treatment center changes your life. Just imagine what you can do to achieve your dreams when you do not have to waste time and energy on keeping your secrets.
You need help from a quality Delaware addiction treatment program, one providing proven therapies and services designed for lasting recovery. These methods include:
- Men’s Residential Treatment
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- 12-Step Program
- CBT, DBT and Trauma Therapy
- Individual, Group and Family Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
These important programs take place at Gateway Smyrna in Smyrna, DE. Call Gateway Smyrna today at 302.653.3923 to end your struggles as a functional alcoholic. A better life awaits with this help, so call now.