People who have high-functioning alcoholism often conceal their addiction very well. This only works for a time, as sooner or later, their drinking is discovered by family and friends who see the challenges start occurring. Even if they don’t fit a stereotype, they might think that even by working or going to school they are functioning well enough. Denial can be very strong and, within a circle of family and friends, may kick up the failure to see warning signs ahead. The first step to help a loved one with this challenge is to give up denial.
Supporting a Loved One with Alcoholism
High-functioning alcoholism is not difficult to notice for those who are on the lookout. No matter how well a person functions, drug or alcohol use impacts people in much the same way as anyone else, so it is important to look for signs:
- Not being responsible or showing signs of irresponsible behavior
- Not focused or having attitude issues
- Claims to not feel well more often and call in sick to work
- Difficulty sleeping, paranoia, or other signs of alcoholism
It is hard to gauge whether a person needs help for drinking behavior. The signs are not a symptom of a problem they cannot handle. It is difficult to think about what the repercussions may be when they are stuck inside of addictive behaviors. If they are functioning at a high level, they will keep up denial by thinking they don’t have to change because nothing is wrong. Until something seems to stop working, they will keep on until they have to change.
To find help for loved ones with addiction to alcohol but still function, it is key to think through a strategy or approach ahead of time. Having a conversation with them is one way but they may also benefit from intervention by a specialist who can help determine the best course of action. Alcoholism is not an easy problem to solve but it is one that can be done in conjunction with a loved one. It is difficult to break through barriers since they cannot admit they have a problem. The truth is, they can admit a problem exists and seek to find support. If they do this, they are more likely to find the help they need. They may also need mental health support along with addiction recovery. This will ensure they can have a longer recovery that lasts rather than continue to make excuses for not changing. Recovery is not easy but it is possible with the right help and support of friends and trained therapists.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information, sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.