At The Group for Men’s Counseling, we treat the High Functioning Addict with a very individualized approach.
Each case is unique, and we will assess levels of functioning along with levels of impairment to determine the best course of action to bring a long-term positive outcome.
Hiding in plain sight can be used to describe the High Functioning Addict. Your co-worker, your partner, your roommate, your teacher all may be enjoying what seems to be a relatively successful and productive life. What you may not see, is their constant hide and seek behavior that has allowed them to keep their secret for a very long time. The real danger lies in a decline in physical health, unhealthy manipulative behaviors and an eventual negative impact at home, work or school.
It doesn’t take much for the High Functioning Addict to become a nonfunctioning addict. Typically, the decline is rapid and impacts many aspects of their daily life. The High Functioning Addict is a master at minimizing their substance use and their self-destructive behavior.
What is a high functioning addict?
In her article, Stacey Colino defines very well what characteristics can define the High Functioning Addict.
Abstinence-based models to controlled use/moderate use models can be utilized successfully with a commitment to extended treatment. A growing body of research has shown that Harm Reduction models have credible evidence of successful outcomes.
Reach out today
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you don’t need to go through it alone. Help is available for even the high functioning addict.
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