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Seeing Your Functional Addiction Through Someone Else’s Eyes

No matter how hard an addict tries, he will undoubtedly experience some changes in behavior that are noticeable to others

For outsiders, your addiction may be painfully obvious, even if you are a functional addict who has tried to keep your substance abuse hidden for years. While functional addicts are masters at hiding their habits, no matter how careful you are you cannot prevent addiction from changing the way you behave. The people close to you pay attention to your day-to-day behavior and pick up on even the most minor of changes that may be undetectable to you. Looking at yourself from another perspective helps identify signs of addiction and may help you realize just how serious your substance abuse issues are. If you or a loved one in Tennessee is struggling with substance abuse, you should seek help so you can get past addiction.

Signs of a Functional Addict

The following signs can help you determine if your use of drugs or alcohol has become a problem in your life:

  • Not acting like yourself- No matter how hard an addict tries, he will undoubtedly experience some changes in behavior that are noticeable to others. You may not feel like anyone notices you missing from social functions, but when you start skipping events you never did before people around you take note. This is often accompanied by changes in the way you act toward others, such as an increase in irritability, problems getting along with people, and increased tardiness at work.
  • Denying You Have a Problem- Many functional addicts are able to keep addiction from creating serious visible consequences in their careers and relationships, and avoid the legal consequences of their behavior. This makes it easier for a user to deny he has a substance abuse problem. Denial may mean telling others you do not have a problem or refusing to recognize the destructive nature of your behavior and believing you have your habit under control. Functional addicts may not use drugs every day, and may be able to function in their lives, but they are still addicts. Addiction occurs when you are unable to put an end to a habit even when it causes negative consequences in your life. Denial may take the form of rationalizing your substance abuse, ignoring the severity of your problem, or minimizing the issue by claiming your problem is less severe than it is.
  • Living a Secret Life- Part of the reason functional addicts are so good at hiding addiction is they often learn to separate the life they want others to see and their substance abuse habit. If you have friends you do not want your loved ones to know about, travel in secret so you can drink or use drugs without anyone knowing, or take sick days so you can stay home and get high, you may be trying to conceal a functional addiction.
  • Binge Drinking- You may be able to appear sober even when you are extremely intoxicated, but people around you will still notice how many drinks you have had or smell the alcohol on your breath. Binge drinking is not as easy to hide as you think. Addicts build a tolerance to alcohol so it may take you 7-10 drinks to get drunk, and hiding your consumption gets more difficult when it takes more to achieve the desired effect. Whether it is frequent trips to the bathroom to top off or constant drinking when you are out with friends, people around you are going to notice. Binge drinking also results in rapid changes in memory, motor function, and attention, which are all noticeable to the people you are with.

If you notice these signs of functional addiction in yourself or a loved one in Tennessee, talk to a professional addiction expert to find the help you need.

View Yourself from Another Perspective

When your abuse habits are viewed from someone else’s perspective it can be easier to see your situation objectively and determine if you suffer from addiction. Attending therapy to talk about your issues is one effective way to get another point of view. A therapist provides an honest and unbiased opinion and is trained to identify addiction and other problems such as mental health issues in patients. Keeping a journal and going back to read old entries after a week or two can give you a good idea of the thoughts that are dominating your mind. If you find that many of your reflections center on substance abuse or related activities, this may be a sign of a problem.

Do You Need Help Beating Addiction?

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