When most people think of alcoholics, they picture people who drink so much that their lives are falling apart. Due to this, you may be offended if someone calls you a functioning alcoholic. Having a drinking problem, however, doesn’t always mean that your life is in shambles. You could still have an alcohol problem and a happy home life and successful career.
What Is a Functioning Alcoholic?
Also called a functional or high-functioning alcoholic, this is someone who can keep a steady job and pursue a career. A functioning alcoholic can also care for their children, maintain friendly and social relationships, and pay bills on time.
Functional alcoholics could even have high positions in companies. Their success might make themselves and others overlook their drinking problem. They may think that they aren’t alcoholics because they have great jobs, lots of friends and comfortable financial status. Some functioning alcoholics make excuses such as not suffering setbacks because they drink.
However, it’s how well functional alcoholics handle their roles while under the influence of alcohol that becomes a concern. Experts warn that people can’t drink heavily and keep up with major responsibilities without it catching up to them.
Another worry is health risks. The moderate amount of alcohol that one person drinks could have more risks than the excessive amounts that another person drinks. It can cause some types of cancer, brain damage, liver disease, memory loss and pancreatitis.
In addition to excuses and denial, many drinkers aren’t aware of what a moderate amount of alcohol is. According to U.S. dietary guidelines, moderate drinking is one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that low-risk drinking for women is having up to three drinks a day or seven a week. For men, it’s up to four drinks a day or 14 a week. However, people can still develop alcoholic or health issues under these guidelines.
Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic
You might wonder, “Do I have an alcohol addiction?” If you drink more than the U.S. dietary guidelines, you might be an alcoholic. However, this isn’t the only way to tell.
Other signs of alcohol addiction include drinking in the morning or alone and getting drunk without intending to. You could also forget what you did while drinking or need alcohol to feel confident and relaxed. You may have a problem if your loved ones worry about your drinking but you deny it.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Steps to Recovery
An alcohol addiction treatment center is available for a functioning alcoholic. The outpatient programs that Steps to Recovery offer give patients a lot of flexibility. They can still go to school and work and keep up with their responsibilities at home.
Our extended pre-admissions assessment also lets our staff get to know the patients before treatment starts. Some other perks that Steps to Recovery patients enjoy include:
customized treatment plans
range of therapies
three-to-one staff-to-client ratio.
Alcohol may not ruin your life, but it could be causing problems that you don’t see. If your family is concerned for you, contact us for more information. We can help you address the underlying cause of your drinking. Dial 866-488-8684.
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In many ways, the statistics on millennial prescription drug abuse and other substance abuse and addiction are promising. Overall illegal drug use is on the decline, and so is the consumption of alcohol. However, the prescription drug epidemic has not skipped over millennials. In fact, the group is sometimes called Generation Rx.
Millennials Most Likely Age Group to Use Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs are used by all ages, and all age groups are susceptible to abuse and addiction. However, millennials are now the demographic most likely to abuse prescription drugs. Overall, as many as 12 percent of millennials have abused prescription drugs.
Recreational Millennial Prescription Drug Abuse Paves the Way for Addiction
One of the reasons that so many millennials try and then abuse prescription drugs is because they mistakenly believe that they don’t come with serious side effects. Widespread use among young people, and particularly on college campuses, can downplay the consequences.
In reality, many of the people who use prescription drugs for a temporary high can end up with a lifelong illness. The risk of developing a drug addiction is a whopping five times bigger for those who use prescription drugs in a recreational way.
Accessibility to Stimulants at an All-Time High for Millennials
College students and Adderall addiction is a serious concern. Adderall, and other stimulants, are used widely on college campuses as a way to stay awake or increase performance. Over 90 percent of college students surveyed said they could easily access stimulants from their peers.
Legal Opioid Prescriptions for Millennials on the Rise
Not all millennials are getting their prescription painkillers and opioids illegally. In fact, 33 percent of millennials who abuse prescription opiates are getting them from a physician. This absolutely indicates there needs to be more careful monitoring of drug prescriptions, especially because of the dangerous effects of opiates.
20 Percent of Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs
The millennial demographic includes people between the ages of 18 and 35, roughly. The youngest of these are unfortunately abusing prescription drugs at growing rates. In one survey, as many as 20 percent of teens have used prescription drugs recreationally.
Millennial prescription drug abuse might be on the rise, but there are solutions. Steps to Recovery in Pennsylvania can help patients create a custom plan for their addiction recovery. Call 866.488.8684 to take back control from prescription drug abuse and addiction.
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