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Written By Legacy Healing Center - Oct 11 2019
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Are you wondering what the term functioning alcoholic means? Often times in media and society, when we hear the term alcoholic used we are met with a vision of someone stumbling or slurring their speech, unable to work, go to school, or even get out of bed and start their day.
The reality is, most people who deal with an alcohol addiction issue do not experience these problems. Many are in fact, functioning alcoholics, and are able to manage many different areas of their life despite their drinking habits.
Even with high functioning alcoholic symptoms, many people can hold a steady job, have a solid relationship, and tend to other daily responsibilities, and many who fall into this category will actually excel in these areas of life.
Because they seem to be “keeping it all together” when it comes to life responsibilities, it is usually difficult for a functioning alcoholic to admit or recognize they have a problem with alcohol.
Only when a major event occurs, such as a severe health issue or an issue with their employer or relationship, will they possibly take their constant cravings for alcohol or need to drink seriously.
Here are some other signs to watch out for:
While high functioning alcoholic symptoms don’t always overlap with the symptoms and signs of an alcohol use disorder, there are some overlap signs that functioning alcoholics may begin to display. Here are the most common:
Whether you are dating a functioning alcoholic, or the individual is a friend or family member, you might be wondering how to offer help. The key is to be vigilant; many functioning alcoholics will be in denial because it seems like everything in their life is operating smoothly.
Education – in a nonjudgmental way – that their drinking is hurting their physical health and their livelihood may influence them to change their behavior. You may even want to stage an informal intervention with the person’s loved ones or friends, and a trained addiction counselor.
It is important to note that you do not want to place ultimatums that the individual stop drinking cold turkey, as this could cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms to someone who has been drinking on a regular basis.
Reach out to the addiction specialists at Legacy Healing Center to learn more about functioning alcoholics and how detox and rehabilitation can help. Call us today at 888-597-3547.