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High-Functioning Addicts: 5 Signs

The stereotypical archetype of an addict doesn’t typically include a person enjoying a great deal of professional and personal success. This type of addict appears to be holding it all together, all while hiding a secret addiction from everyone around her. All too often, friends and family don’t find out about the addiction until she’s far down the rabbit hole, or worse, it’s too late.

The following are 5 signs that your loved one may be a high-functioning addict:

They Make Excuses for Their Actions

She might say everyone in her profession drinks as much as she does. Or, he might say he deserves it for all his hard work.

Regularly Drinking or Doing More Drugs than Planned

If they’re an addict, they can’t help but drink or use more than they intended. It’s part of the disease.

Their Friends May Have Substance Abuse Issues

The saying, “We are who we hang out with,” is a shining example of people with drug and alcohol problems sticking together. Usually, people with a substance abuse problem avoid people who don’t have the same issues, or share the same love for drugs and alcohol.

Morning Illness

Hangovers and withdrawal symptoms can often be masked by frequent headaches, cold symptoms, lethargy, and overall low mood. Once they get a little alcohol or their drug of choice in their system, symptoms may disappear.

Loss of Interest 

Drug addiction removes the pleasure we once had for hobbies and interests, and replaces it with pleasure for the drug only. If your loved one no longer does the things he once enjoyed, he may be getting further into his addiction.

When you are not sure if a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, it may feel like a very uncomfortable predicament. You might be juggling the idea of confronting her about it, or waiting to see if things change. Honestly, the longer you wait, the worse it could get. It’s better to get it out in the open with your loved one. You might find a time when she is remorseful about the night before, and just kindly but firmly, talk to her about addiction. Addicts have a hard time telling the truth, so she may deny it. Either way, we can help. Your loved one needs to know that they are not alone, and they can recover. Give us a call, don’t wait for addiction to take more away from you than it already has.

Detox is the first step toward a life of freedom in recovery. Addiction does not have to be the end of your story. Make a safe and comfortable detox the first chapter. The Serenity Recovery Center, conveniently located at the Encino Hospital Medical Center, offers a home-like environment for all stages of detox so you can begin your recovery in a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit. Call us today: 866.294.9401