Characteristics of a Functional Addict
What is A Functional Addict?
There is a fairly common misconception among many people when it comes to drug or alcohol addiction that an addict should look or act a certain way. After all, doesn’t a substance abuser typically live on the street, or perhaps they don’t have a good job or family? The reality is that being a functional addict can put you in a potentially deadly situation. You will do everything that you can to manage your drug or alcohol addiction so that you can still engage in it, however, in front of everyone else, it will appear as if nothing is wrong. Every day, countless people fall into the category of being functional addicts as a way to maintain certain important responsibilities in their life.
What Causes Functional Addiction?
There are several things that may cause a person to become a functional addict. For example, money could be the reason that causes a person to become a high-functioning addict. The functional addict realizes that they need to keep or maintain their work responsibilities, however, in the background, they are still struggling with an alcohol addiction or a drug addiction. A functional addict will try to manage their drug addiction or alcohol addiction in such a way that they are still able to meet certain work responsibilities and keep their job, however, they will still frequently indulge in their addiction and put themselves at risk for serious consequences.
Tell-Tale Signs of A Functional Addict
There are several telltale signs that a person is a functional addict such as:
- Struggling to keep up with responsibilities at a certain point
- Anti-social behavior or making excuses not to take part in certain functions
- The inability to stop drinking or consuming certain drugs once they begin
- Issues with relationships with friends or family members
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
Occupations of Functional Addicts
Although realistically a person who is a functional addict can be in any type of industry, there are certain industries that are more prone to having a high-functioning addict. Some examples include:
- Law enforcement
- Military veterans
- Business executives
- Those in healthcare
It’s important to note, however, that realistically any person could become a high-functioning addict regardless of what industry they are in. If you believe that you could fall into this category or you have concerns regarding a friend or a loved one, you should always reach out to an addiction treatment center for help and more information.
Does Functional Addiction Require Treatment?
It’s important to remember that a drug or alcohol addiction is something that can impact each person individually. Therefore, it’s imperative that the rehab center that you partner with provides you with individualized treatment options which will suit your needs. If you’re struggling with substance abuse, it’s possible that you may need to first commit to an alcohol and drug detox program. Depending on the severity of your addiction, it’s likely that you will experience certain withdrawal symptoms within the first few hours from the time that you last consume your substance of choice. During the time that you’re in alcohol and drug addiction, it’s critical that you receive professional assistance as there is always the possibility that you could experience potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. Once you complete your alcohol and drug detox plan, here are some examples of treatment programs that you can participate in during your time in rehab:
If you needed to complete a detox program, you may find it easier to transition into a residential treatment program. The reason for this is that residential treatment will provide you with the around-the-clock care that you need during this stage of your alcohol or drug recovery journey. You will have unlimited access to your addiction treatment team and you will also be able to interact with other people that are working through the process of overcoming their substance use disorders.
Intensive outpatient program
If you cannot commit to an inpatient treatment program due to work or school responsibilities, it may be easier for you to commit to an intensive outpatient program. The reason for this is that an intensive outpatient program is more flexible in comparison to an inpatient addiction treatment program, however, it still provides you with a level of structure so that you can truly address your alcohol or drug addiction.
General outpatient treatment program
A general outpatient treatment program is the most flexible treatment option that is offered at any addiction treatment facility. When you make the decision to work through an outpatient treatment program, you will have the ability to continue to work or go to school full time while still receiving the care that you need to address your alcohol addiction or cocaine addiction. Your treatment team will continue to collaborate with you throughout the course of your treatment plan to ensure that you have a continuum of care that will help you to get the results that you want when it comes to your addiction treatment.
Regardless of the type of treatment plan that you select, you will need to participate in different forms of addiction therapy. Although it may feel uncomfortable and awkward. addiction therapy will help you to determine the root cause of your addiction so that you can begin to heal and recover. Examples of addiction therapy can include:
If you have experienced difficulties when it comes to the relationship that you have had with your family as a result of your alcohol addiction or drug addiction, then you would greatly benefit from family therapy. Family therapy can help you to connect with your family members and begin to heal as a family unit from your substance abuse issues. It’s important to remember that the substance abuser is not the only person who would be negatively affected by addiction. During family therapy, you will be able to meet with your family members in a neutral environment and discuss some of the issues that may be holding you back from a meaningful relationship.
Individual therapy is another example of addiction therapy that you will experience during the time that you’re in drug or alcohol addiction treatment. During individual therapy, you will have the opportunity to connect with members of your treatment team and discuss events in your life that you may not feel comfortable sharing in a group setting. During individual therapy, you will also be able to talk about your current treatment program and make any changes that may need to be made to ensure that you continue to move forward in your recovery journey.
During the time that you were in active addiction, there is a strong possibility that you picked up on certain behavior that is not healthy. However, during behavioral therapy, you will learn the tools that you need to modify this behavior and redirect it in a healthier way. If you’re struggling with some type of mental health issue which is triggering this behavior, one of the levels of care that a treatment facility may offer is dual diagnosis treatment. Dual diagnosis treatment will help you to also modify this behavior and address your mental health concerns as well as your drug or alcohol addiction.
During group therapy, you will have a unique opportunity to interact with others that are working through their own treatment program. You will likely notice that group therapy is similar to attending a narcotics anonymous or alcoholics anonymous meeting in the sense that you will have the chance to share about the topic at hand and also listen to the experiences of others in your group. Although it may feel uncomfortable, openly communicating with others that are in your group can help you to build and grow your support system which is a key aspect of your overall recovery.
Keep in mind that committing to an addiction treatment program through a treatment facility is only the first step in your recovery journey. It’s strongly encouraged that once you complete your initial treatment program, you commit to an aftercare or sober living program. Also, attending regular AA or NA meetings can help to reinforce the important tools that you learned during the course of your time in treatment.
Pacific Manor Drug and Alcohol Rehab
At Pacific Manor, there are several addictions we treat using a variety of addiction treatment methods. If you are a substance abuser and you’re ready to tackle your addiction once and for all. Regardless of whether you’re interested in committing to a residential treatment program or you feel as though you’re more well-suited for an intensive outpatient program, you can rest assured that you will get the care and the help that you need to address any type of addiction including a codeine addiction, heroin addiction, fentanyl addiction or a general drug addiction or alcohol substance use. For more information regarding our addiction treatment options or about the addictions we treat, we encourage you to get in touch with us today at (888) 300-4370.
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