Alcoholics are notorious for using rationalizations to justify their drinking. They do this to permit themselves to drink when they know how it adversely affects them. One stereotypical term comes to mind. A functioning alcoholic is someone who can successfully hide their addiction, at least for a while. It’s incredible that anyone can operate on a regular basis while drunk. Unfortunately, alcoholism is alcoholism. Eventually, everyone who drinks excessively on a regular basis will most likely succumb to the disease.
Specifics About the High Functioning Alcoholic
We all have our notions about how drunks are supposed to act. A functioning alcoholic usually fails to fit this preconceived idea. The idea that someone can maintain a job/career, finances and relationships while addicted to alcohol just boggles the mind. The reality is that it does happen.
On the outside, the high functioning alcoholic appears to be an everyday “Joe.” Because they can operate reasonably well in society, the people around them tend to give them a pass. If it doesn’t appear broken, there’s no motivation for someone to fix it.
The Issues Around Masked Alcoholism
When a person’s addiction is well-hidden, there’s a risk the addict will suffer irreparable damage before they get help. Masked alcoholism exposes the alcoholic to a myriad of health issues. These health issues end up being more severe than they would have been if treated earlier. If only someone had seen the truth.
Another prominent issue involves the alcoholic’s self-perception. Why would he or she want to stop drinking if his or her life appears fine? In reality, the functioning alcoholic is in denial. There is a problem, they just don’t want to see it. The longer they don’t see it, the longer they will go without seeking help. In essence, they are leading a double life. One as a functioning member of society, and one as a troubled addict.
The Need for Detox and Treatment
When the wheels finally come off, the alcoholic will need help. At Serenity House Detox in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, we specialize in proving an inpatient alcohol detox program for troubled drinkers. In fact, we offer a full range of detox programs to meet the need of many specific groups. Here’s a list of our current services:
- Men’s drug detox
- Women’s drug detox
- Medical detox programs
- Holistic detox options
- Detox programs targeting particular addictions
- Beginning-level therapy options
If you live with the obsessive need to drink on a regular basis, you are most likely an alcoholic. Even if your life seems okay, you need to consider getting help. When that time comes, Serenity House Detox would like to help you with the recovery process. By calling one of our addiction specialists at 866-294-5306, you can begin to take charge of your life. If you think life is good while drinking, you can’t even imagine how good it can be without alcohol.