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What is a High-Functioning Alcoholic

What is a High-Functioning Alcoholic

Alcoholics are masters at hiding in plain site. The fact that alcohol is such an accepted part of our culture means there are tons of opportunities to drink without raising suspicions. High-functioning alcoholics hold down jobs, maintain relationships and seem to have...

Myth #2: Alcohol/Drug addicts are bad people

Myth #2: Alcohol/Drug addicts are bad people

Addiction is not a moral failing or weakness. Those struggling with addiction aren’t bad, although they do bad things to maintain their habit. They are just very sick. Addiction is a brain disease that rewires the cerebral cortex resulting in poor judgment and impulse control. It manifests in compulsive substance use in spite of harmful consequences. It’s progressive in nature ending in jails, institutions, death or recovery.

Myth #3: You can’t be an addict if you hold down a job

Myth #3: You can’t be an addict if you hold down a job

Becoming addicted is easy because no one knows that’s what they’re doing. We tell ourselves we’re having fun. We need it to relax. We minimize the severity of our addiction by focusing on what we still have, not on what we have lost. For example, I have a roof over my head. I still have a job. The alcoholic says I only drink beer. The cocaine user says I don’t use meth. The meth addict says I only smoke drugs, I don’t inject them. The pill-popper says at least I don’t use heroin. Addiction denies itself in the scariest voice of all – your own.