The risk with high functioning addicts is that treatment is not sought because the problem has not been identified. Their struggles with alcohol and drugs can remain hidden for years, so the dangers that drug or alcohol abuse present is far greater. Many will assume that addicts will match the modern day stereotype. However, the majority of alcoholics will not fit in with this image. Therefore, denial can become a lot stronger and friends and family may not be aware of their secret habits. Some people believe that an individual must hit rock bottom before alcohol or drug rehabilitation treatment can begin, but this attitude can kill.
So what can be done to help those who fight so hard to keep their problem hidden from those around them? Although they have kept their problem a secret for years, there are still tell-tale signs of addiction. It’s just a matter of being able to spot it.
How to help
Most importantly, your loved one needs reassurance. A judgemental approach may do more harm than good. Get them to meet people who have overcome addiction to help remove any fears about getting help.
If you suspect that your loved one has a problem and needs help, call Cassiobury Court on 0800 500 3129 for expert drug and alcohol rehabilitation.