Is there someone in your life who uses alcohol often but who still seems to go to work and live a “normal” life? They may be a functioning alcoholic. They cannot go without alcohol, but they think they balance everything in their lives just right. When alcohol addiction is present, many people find that they cannot go without a drink, but they also work very hard to keep up with life. When you have a loved one in this situation, turn to Alina Lodge for help and support.
Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic
It’s hard to spot a functioning alcoholic unless you live with them and have known them for a long time. That’s because functioning alcoholics are able to hide their alcohol addiction well. They may still go to work or school. They may even be able to make you believe they could stop drinking if they wanted to do so. How do you know then that they have an addiction and need help? It’s critical to look for warning signs such as the following:
- They drink alcohol to cope with work, life, stress, and problems in their lives on a frequent basis.
- They drink as often as they can, including in inappropriate situations.
- They hide how much they are drinking, sometimes drinking at work.
- Intense withdrawal symptoms occur when they try to go without alcohol, including feeling ill, having significant anxiety, or even aggression.
- One drink is never enough.
- They are having increasing problems meeting the responsibilities of family or work.
- They deny they have a drinking problem at all.
Do you see these signs of functioning alcoholism in your loved one? If so, reach out for professional help to ensure their alcohol use is under control.
How to Help a Loved One with Alcohol Addiction Issues
A functioning alcoholic is likely to have a tough time admitting to their use or how much it impacts their life. They may tell you that they can stop if they want to, but they don’t want to.
You need to point out to them what you see in these situations. Be frank and honest. Is their boss right about their lack of focus and accountability? Have they disappointed family members? Are you lying to cover for them? Provide them with facts about what you are seeing and experiencing yourself. That way, they can see what’s really happening to them right now.
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction Is Possible
When it comes to helping a functioning alcoholic, the first step is to work with them to understand it’s time to get help. Then, reach out to our team at Alina Lodge. We believe in giving people the time and empathy they need to heal from addiction. This isn’t an easy process, but it can be very effective with the right treatment programs and therapies available.
Imagine the opportunities that come with a life of sobriety. Consider all that can be healed and overcome with an investment in long-term treatment. Now is the right time to reach out to us so we can help you help your loved one. At Alina Lodge, we offer a wide range of treatment programs that include the following:
- Residential treatment programs
- Drug and alcohol detox center
- Dual diagnosis treatment program
- Long-term treatment programs
- Women’s rehab program
- Men’s rehab program
Take the First Step by Calling Alina Lodge
The functioning alcoholic in your life needs help. You know that, but you may not recognize just how accessible that help can be for you. If your loved one is battling alcohol addiction, reach out to us now at Alina Lodge to find the support, insights, and resources you need. Call us at 833.685.1700 or reach out to us online today.