A misconception about addiction focuses on the fact some people can manage to keep a house, car or job and that defines whether the individual has an addiction. In reality, a person does not have to hit rock bottom in order to be addicted or start on the road to sobriety. Addiction lives on a spectrum, affecting every person differently. Learn more about why some people can be high functioning alcoholics and how to know if this is happening to a loved one.
On one end of the addiction spectrum people may lose everything that seems to matter: homes, jobs, even health. It is these individuals who are most often discussed in the news and across communities which fit a certain stereotype of what the average person believes to be a person with addiction. People fall on all ends of the spectrum and in between. Addiction is not black and white. A person who seems high functioning is not necessarily living a life that is unmanageable.
A person who is high functioning in addiction may not have experienced outwardly negative side effects from drinking but that does not mean addiction has not negatively impacted the person’s life. The following characteristics are often true of persons with addiction who are high functioning:
It may be difficult to discern for oneself whether addiction is a problem. The following tips can be helpful in the process:
Every individual experiences addiction differently, but there is help available for everyone. Noticing the signs can help bring change to a person’s overall wellbeing and health now as well as into the future.
If you or a loved one appears to be a high functioning alcoholic, help is available. Hired Power provides access to resources and tools to make decisions about next steps for addiction treatment. Call us to find out how we can help you get started on the road to health and sobriety.
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