High-Functioning Alcoholism and the Dangers of Denial

High Functioning Alcoholics

The High-Functioning Alcoholic High-functioning alcoholism is harder to identify because it doesn’t fit the “drunk” stereotype. When people say the word ‘alcoholic,’ they instantly have a vision of an old man sitting in a park with a paper bag, with a can in it. Suzi MacDonald, Addictions Counsellor They don’t think of suburban moms or people with high-powered careers – but often, these people are fighting an internal battle with alcohol addiction that no one, including themselves, can clearly see. A high-functioning alcoholic, or HFA, is someone who is psychologically dependent on alcohol but able to live a normal life, continuing to perform in their social, professional and familial roles. While on the surface this type of alcoholism appears to have less impact, it presents its own set of dangers, including a more deeply entrenched denial and stronger resistance to…

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Why High Functioning Alcoholics and Drug Users Can Benefit From Rehab Too

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Why High Functioning Alcoholics and Drug Users Can Benefit From Rehab Too What is a High Functioning Alcoholic or Substance Abuser? The common stereotype of an alcoholic or drug addict is a person who is out of control and dealing with obvious negative consequences as a result of their behavior. This is the face of alcoholism or other addiction that is so often portrayed in movies, soap operas, and reality shows, but this depiction is a bit misleading. The truth is most of those who develop a problem with alcohol or drugs will also become skilled at coping and hiding it – the people who fall into this category are often referred to as ‘high functioning’ or ‘high bottom’ alcoholics, or high functioning drug users. …high-functioning alcoholics are able to maintain respectable, even high-profile lives, usually with a home, family,…

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I’m Worried About My Drinking

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Concerned about your alcohol consumption? Confused as to whether you are drinking too much? You’ve come to the right place. Alcohol abuse is the most common type of substance abuse worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 3 million deaths per year resulting from alcohol misuse. Despite this, there is still a stigma around alcohol use disorder. In this article, we’ll explore what a unit of alcohol is, how much alcohol is too much , how alcohol impacts your life, what is considered potentially harmful drinking, how to access your drinking pattern, and how to get help when it is a concern and when it makes sense to go to rehab. Plus steps that you can take to help yourself or a loved one escape alcohol addiction. Many people who come to Serenity Vista say that they…

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Secondhand Drinking

Effects of Secondhand Drinking

How Alcohol Abuse Hurts People Around Us Secondhand drinking is a real issue. While most who struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence are convinced that they’re only affecting themselves, unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  A recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that around 53 million people in the US – that’s one out of every five adults – experience harm by someone else’s alcohol use. The report showed that, not unlike secondhand nicotine use related smoke, drinking “causes significant harm to those other than the drinker.”  That harm can come in the form of harassment, violence, property damage, car accidents or family and interpersonal problems. Researchers are calling for more attention to what they see as a “significant public health issue.” Alcohol’s Profound Effects On Those We Love When in…

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Am I A High Functioning Alcoholic?

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The High-Functioning Alcoholic What do I do if I am a high functioning alcoholic? The most common form of substance abuse in North America is alcohol; it affects millions of people all over Canada, the United States, Europe and Latin America. Although it is very common, alcoholism is not always easy to spot. People may not suspect alcoholism if there are still two cars in the garage and an intact high-powered career. It is sometimes much harder for a successful alcoholic to accept that they have a problem with their drinking. Close family members may know your drinking habits. They may even be considering an intervention. Your spouse, child or parents may lay awake at night wondering about your alcohol induced antics while you are still in denial about your alcohol use. Sometimes the last person to know about the…

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Alternatives to Rehab

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Alternatives to Rehab I don’t want to go to rehab! I don’t have time to go to rehab! What will I tell people? I will lose my job/career if I go to rehab.   ~ Many People   Denial of the Problem The road leading to recovery has many roadblocks.  First of all, the very nature of the disease of addiction tells the affected person that they are not inflicted. Denial is the hallmark symptom of alcoholism and other forms of addiction. Guess what? People that are not alcoholic never try to convince themselves or others that they are not alcoholic. So, when a person knows and admits that they need help to stop and stay stopped, hallelujah! Because many addicts never make it that far. They fill the obituaries, prison halls and psych wards. OK, I Know I Need Help…

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