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Do High-Functioning Alcoholics Need An Alcohol Treatment Program?

Alcohol treatment program offerings are for anyone struggling with alcohol abuse or alcoholism of any kind. Alcoholism is alcoholism and even high-functioning alcoholics who appear to be functioning well in society can benefit from the assistance of an alcohol treatment program.

High-Functioning Alcoholics

High-functioning alcoholics are people who appear to be functioning quite well in society despite the fact that they abuse and are addicted to alcohol. They key is that they “appear” to be functioning quite well. They are not immune to the dangers and consequences of alcoholism and many high-functioning alcoholics are simply in denial of the effect alcohol has had on their lives. An alcohol treatment program can help.

Here are some potential signs of a high-functioning alcoholic…

  • Missing many days of work or school
  • Poor performance in work or school in the form of missed deadlines
  • Marked changes in attitude or mood swings
  • Obsessively thinking and speaking about drinking
  • Behaving very differently while under the influence of alcohol
  • Experiencing frequent blackouts

The Dangers and Consequences of Alcoholism

Alcoholism comes hand in hand with a staggering number of potential hazards and risks to mental and physical health while also having the potential to affect everything from relationships to finances. An alcohol treatment program can help turn around a number of these consequences.

High-functioning alcoholics, though often in denial, tend to find that alcohol abuse has had a serious impact on their relationships. They may be confused as to why friends or family members would be stressed or worried about their drinking if they believe they are consuming alcohol “normally” and don’t see how there could be a problem. Consuming large amounts of alcohol also places serious strain on the mental and physical health. Alcoholism has the potential to negatively impact any and every system of the body including the skeletal system (i.e. osteoporosis), cardiovascular system (i.e. heart disease) and the nervous system (i.e. brain and nerve damage).

The Alcohol Treatment Program Experience

The main treatment method of an alcohol treatment program is psychotherapy. Clients participate in psychotherapy sessions such as group therapy and family therapy to work to uncover their underlying, personal reasons behind their alcoholism.

The other components of an alcohol treatment program are attending support group meetings, using relapse prevention strategies and participating in lifestyle counseling and stress management. Clients are urged to continue to attend meetings regularly and to use their relapse prevention strategies each day after they have completed the alcohol treatment program. Recovery is a process and not a destination so it requires consistent work to remain stable and successful. Other recovery efforts after the program may include working on sobriety with a sponsor and attending alumni aftercare activities such as alumni support group meetings and trips.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, substance addiction or any other type of addiction, please call us today.  Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.  A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.