High Functioning Alcoholic Treatment Houston:
Great Oaks Recovery Center – Recovery for Functional Alcoholics
Our beautiful 50 acre estate away from the noise, stress and hectic surroundings of home, work and city life provides Great Oaks Recovery Center clients with tranquillity and safety. The peaceful environment creates an ideal place for high functioning alcoholics to de-stress, start recovery and gain inner peace and sobriety.
What is Functional Alcoholism?
The ‘functional alcoholic subtype‘ are least like the stereotypical alcoholic. They are often well-educated with stable jobs and families.
Functional alcoholism is hidden from all but the immediate family. Because high-functioning alcoholics generally see no problems with their drinking – they are unlikely to seek help on their own.
The families of functional alcoholics, however, experience the full consequences of living with an alcoholic.
Functional alcoholics seem ‘fine’ to co-workers, friends and extended family. Family members seeking validation and support from family friends or extended family for their suspicions about possible alcoholism will usually find no assistance.
Family, Friends, and Co-workers as Enablers
Friends, co-workers and extended family members may make excuses for the behavior they experience and spin it so it sounds reasonable.
- “He still drinks like he did in college, but he goes to work every day.”
- “She can drink more than anyone I know, but she never seems drunk.”
- “He’s a happy drunk.”
- “She doesn’t drink at work, and it’s not my business what she does on her own time.”
Functional Alcoholics are Masters of Denial and Leading a Double Life
Relationship partners of functional alcoholics experience emotional trauma.
The difference in the partner’s at-home experience of the alcoholic is completely different from the experience of friends and family with the alcoholic. For the partner, this results in cognitive dissonance, depression and frequently – a questioning of sanity.
No one wants to unjustly ‘accuse’ a significant other of being an alcoholic. So – how can we spot a functional alcoholic?
How is a Functional Alcoholic Different?
Our culture has a lot of myths and stereotypes regarding ‘real alcoholics’. These ‘facts that everyone know to be true’ prevent understanding and treatment of alcoholism in high functioning individuals.
A landmark study in 2007 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism categorized alcoholics into 5 alcoholic subtypes: only 9% are of the “chronic severe” subtype, fitting the stereotype of the ‘hitting bottom’ alcoholic. Some addiction experts estimate that between 75% and 90% of alcoholics are high-functioning.
Below, a few of the most common stereotypes about alcoholics, from Characteristics of High-Functioning Alcoholics
Common Stereotypes About Alcoholism
- Alcoholics have poor attendance at work.
Functional alcoholics go to work every day, with few exception.
- Alcoholics drink every day.
Functional alcoholics can stop drinking. But they do not enjoy sobriety and will start again asap.
- Alcoholics are mostly old men.
Functional alcoholics can be any age; and either gender.
- Alcoholics are unable to do well in their careers.
Functional alcoholics excel in their work life and are usually well-respected by peers.
Functional alcoholics can often be found working as licensed professionals; including medicine, law, CPA’s, pilots and others.
- Alcoholics are usually homeless.
Functional alcoholics are usually well-paid and have very nice homes and cars.
- Alcoholics are single.
Functional alcoholics are usually married; often have children.
- Alcoholics always drink in the morning.
Functional alcoholics can easily go an entire day without drinking – until the evening hours.
- Alcoholics are either happy or belligerent and like to drink with friends.
Functional alcoholics are – simply absent from family life. At home, they isolate and drink.
- Alcoholics drink because they are depressed and sad.
Functional alcoholics feel ‘entitled’ to drink due to career stress and success.
- Alcoholics blame the world for their drinking.
Functional alcoholics blame their family and career for their drinking.
How to Identify a Functional Alcoholic – and Get Help
Functional alcoholics rarely seek help on their own; they see no problems in their life or with their relationships.
Partners need information on the impact of living with high functioning alcoholics.
Functional alcoholics will deny their drinking and/or get angry when asked about it. They are usually skilled manipulators. The relationship partner is soon cast in the role of a co-dependent. Because the partner ‘does not appear to be an alcoholic’ – it is very difficult to determine the truth of the situation.
If you are in a relationship with a functional alcoholic – you need to take steps to protect yourself. Family recovery programs are essential to ongoing well-being for the family of alcoholics. If there are children involved, they must be protected.
A functional alcoholic parent may not physically neglect or abuse their child – but emotional neglect can occur and leave significant scars. From The Hidden Trauma of Having a ‘Functional’ Alcoholic Parent
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High Functioning Alcoholics – Where to Get Help in Houston
Great Oaks Recovery Center – near Houston, Texas
Detox, Residential Treatment, Family Recovery Programs
Located southwest of Houston, Great Oaks Recovery Center provides treatment for substance abuse; including co-occurring disorders. Quiet, relaxed atmosphere on a 55-acre estate with individualized care in a small group setting for up to 32 clients. The focus is on 12-step recovery and a curriculum incorporating CBT, Trauma-informed therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Family Programming.
On a beautiful 50 acre estate in Egypt, TX – away from the noise, stress and hectic surroundings of home, work and city life – Great Oaks Recovery Center clients find tranquillity and safety. The peaceful environment creates an ideal place for high functioning alcoholics to start recovery and gain inner peace and sobriety.
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If PTSD or any form of mental illness is also involved (depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and more) – it is critical to make certain the rehab center you choose has Dual Diagnosis addiction treatment. Dual diagnosis is also known as co-occurring disorders in substance use disorders (SUD) treatment.
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