If you’ve just admitted to yourself that you’ve got a drug or drinking problem – you’ve already taken the first step of recovery.
However, it’s hardly ever as simple as waking up one morning and deciding you’re going to quit. Rather, it’s recognizing that you’re ready to start the journey toward smart recovery and enlisting the help of others to make sure you enjoy recovery for life.
If you ask most people what an alcoholic looks like, they’ll describe someone who’s constantly drinking and is unable to maintain work, family, and personal relationships.
But it’s not always that simple.
Even though some people abuse alcohol, they still seem fine. And that’s why they’re described as a “functioning” or “high-functioning alcoholic.”
The signs of alcoholism are pretty obvious, aren’t they?
Even though it may be clear-cut in some cases, i.e. when someone gets arrested for DUI or they frequently turn up to work drunk, many high-functioning alcoholics can hide their addiction well.