Just because someone is able to function in their day to day lives, does not mean they are not an addict. When a person becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol, they will do anything to feed their urges. This means getting up in the morning and going to work to get a paycheck to fund their addiction. These people fall under the category of high-functioning addicts. They can hold up a job. They can maintain relationships and friendships. This does not mean they do not need to get help. Their addiction will slowly suck the life from them until it eventually kills them.
We all wish we could say we love our job. And we all would be lying through our teeth. No matter what career you have, you most likely are going to encounter stressful situations in the workplace. There is conflict with clients, bosses, and coworkers. Without proper outlets to deal with stressful work, the results can be devastating. Many jobs can have different levels of risk and stress in the workplace.
In this fast paced, work-based economy, it is vital that the men and women of the American workforce have stress management practices to turn to that do not include substance abuse. This can include calling a loved one or friend. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed at work, the best thing you can do is reach out to a person that you know will help you calm down and relax. Some practices are even easier than that. It can be as simple as taking off your shoes, adding Zen elements to your workspace such as a small waterfall, and surrounding yourself with calming smells in the form of candles or essential oils. You can play relaxing music while you work, and also just open a window to let in fresh air.
If you do not take the time to properly manage your stress in the workplace, you are at an extremely high risk for becoming dependent on alcohol. Alcohol dependency can turn someone from a high functioning addict into a hot mess. Alcohol dependency can lead to drinking before work, getting fired, losing friends and loved ones, losing control of finances and much more.
When people do not have the resources to get proper treatment for substance abuse problems, they may attempt to self-medicate. When they do not have a proper outlet for stress they may turn to using drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication. When a person suffers from a mental illness and they abuse drugs and alcohol, it can make the illness much, much worse. It can lead to suicide or accidental death. Self-medicating is extremely dangerous and anyone who thinks they may be doing so needs to reach out for help as soon as possible.
Fortunately, treatment is within reach. Rehab centers can provide inpatient or outpatient care to all kinds of people. Many different programs have been successful in helping so many people find a clean sober life.
Addicts can be anyone. It does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, religion, social class, economic status, ethnicity, or any other factor in your life. Just because someone seems to be functioning in their daily lives, they could still be an addict that needs help. Addiction recovery does not have to be hard.
The average adult runs into stressful work situations every day. If a person is an addict, they may turn to substances to help curb this stress. This is not an option. There are many healthy ways to relieve stress in your life that do not include alcohol or drugs.
If you think that someone you are close to is a high functioning alcoholic, there are many signs that you can be on the lookout for. Practice how you would approach this person and be prepared for them to get defensive. People with addictions do not want to admit they have a problem, and it is even harder for those who are high-functioning because they do not fit the classic description of an addict. They think that since they still go to work and support themselves that they do not need help. The truth is they could just be one drink away from spiraling down into an unstoppable black hole. Get them help before it is too late.