While public perception is beginning to change as we become more educated about alcoholism, many people still mistakenly believe that an alcoholic is someone who has lost everything as a result of his or her drinking. They think of an alcoholic as a homeless person living on the streets or someone who has to take a drink ever morning to avoid “the shakes.” However, this is not the case. A “functioning alcoholic” is someone who is able to maintain a job, have a house and avoid legal issues while drinking alcoholically.
While their personal and professional life may suffer in various ways, they are still able to maintain, even if it is just barely. In some ways, it can be more challenging to help someone who is a functioning alcoholic because they believe that they do not have a problem. When confronted about their drinking, they will quickly point to all the things that they have not lost. But in many ways they are simply functioning rather than truly living and enjoying life. Their alcoholism prevents them from recognizing their true potential.
You may be a functioning alcoholic if:
- You may not drink all the time, but what happens when you do drink? Do you find that when you start drinking you cannot stop?
- Does one drink set off a craving?
- Do you become an entirely different person when you drink?
- Have you ever blacked out?
- Have you ever thought to yourself, “It was a good thing I didn’t get stopped driving home last night”? Just because you have not gotten caught, does not mean you don’t have a problem.
Some individuals are able to remain functioning alcoholics. However, others may find that their disease progresses to the point where they lose everything. A traumatic event or loss can sometimes act as a catalyst that launches someone into full blown alcoholism.
If you think they you may be a functioning alcoholic, you don’t have to wait to lose everything before you get help. There is a Solution helps men and women find the help they need. We are not a treatment center, but a free service that works with individuals struggling with substance abuse issues to get them into a treatment center that is best equipped to address and treat their specific needs. We work with an extensive network of treatment centers and can walk you through the entire process.