Am I a Functioning Alcoholic?

Am I a Functioning Alcoholic?

GenPsych December 2017

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An alcohol addiction is different from a drug addiction because it is easier for those who struggle with alcoholism to function as a productive member of society. A person suffering from alcoholism can easily be the person sitting next to you at a business meeting or even the person you refer to as your boss. Just like drug addiction, alcoholism does not discriminate. Anyone can become afflicted with alcoholism, regardless of their education, income, level of success, etc.

You may have a hard time understanding why you are being asked to attend treatment for alcoholism when your life meets the accepted criteria as a productive member of society. You may think someone telling you to get treatment for alcohol abuse is entirely wrong. Don’t be fooled because you go to work every day, pay your bills, and meet all your responsibilities. Not everyone who suffers from alcoholism sleeps all day, lives on the streets and drinks all-day, every day. Whether or not you suffer from alcoholism has no correlation to your level of success; it has to do with your alcohol drinking habits interfering with your life. Many people who suffer from alcoholism dress in professional attire, go to work every day, achieve success at work, and provide for their families. These people are known as functioning alcoholics.

Warning signs that may indicate you have an alcohol problem.

You Use Alcohol as Your Primary Coping Mechanism
You Feel Like You Need to Drink at Every Event in Your Life
You Often Drink When You Are Alone and/or in Secret
You Drink More than the Recommended Limits (Men-4 drinks a day or 14 drinks in a week and Women-3 drinks a day or 7 drinks in a week)
You have built up a Tolerance and need to increase the Amounts of Alcohol you consume
You Experience Withdrawal Symptoms When You Do Not Drink
You Are Experiencing Relationship, Work, or Legal Issues as a Result of Drinking

There is Hope if You Are a Functioning Alcoholic

If you meet any of the above criteria, it is possible that you are indeed a functioning alcoholic or are at risk of becoming a functioning alcoholic. Taking the first step to admitting you have a problem is half of the battle.

You can get help without interfering with your employment and familial obligations. Below are some of the local programs available to you.

Employment-Sponsored Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
Outpatient Treatment
Alcoholic’s Anonymous
Twelve Step-Alternative Programs
Individual Counseling
Group Therapy
Friends and Family

You may think you do not need to address your alcoholism right away because it is not having a significant impact on your life, but alcoholism is a progressive disease that causes more ramifications and becomes increasingly challenging to treat as it progresses. You may be able to maintain your job and pay your bills at this stage of the addiction, but your addiction will catch up to you if left untreated, making it harder, if not impossible to maintain your job and pay your bills. If you are struggling with alcoholism, please seek help today. You do not have to be a slave to alcohol any longer. Instead, you can be a recipient of the gift of recovery.

GenPsych has five treatment centers throughout New Jersey. We offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to help our clients recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction. If you or a loved one need help contact us today
Phone: 855-436-7792


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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:

You need help….How to get started?

November 2017 GenPsych

Addiction Treatment New Jersey

In today’s America drug and alcohol abuse is a severe problem for people of all ages. If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t stop taking drugs, consuming alcohol, you may have a problem.  If your substance abuse has had an adverse effect on your job, relationship with your family or friends, it may be time to seek professional help. For most people, asking for help is something that does not come naturally.  It may make you feel weak or needy.  It may be time to talk about how you can ask for help with your substance issue.

It is well known that drugs and alcohol change parts of the brain, including the part of the brain responsible for self-control. The effect on the brain is one of the reasons it is tough to stop substance abuse alone. If you don’t want to ask your friends or family for help, an excellent place to start could be your primary care doctor.  Your doctor may have some experience in this area and could refer you to an addiction specialist. Be honest with your doctor and explain the truth about what is going on with your substance abuse. If you and your doctor determine you do need help, the next step is seeking out a treatment center.

What to look for in a treatment center?

There are many things to look for in a treatment center but here are some essential questions you should consider:

Do they provide in-patient or out-patient treatment?

How long is the substance abuse program?

Is the program state licensed and accredited?

Will the programs schedule fit with my schedule and obligations?

Is the program a good fit for your specific needs?

You will no doubt have many more questions.  Some programs allow you continue working and fulfilling your family obligations while receiving treatment around your schedule. Other programs require you to live on-site 24/7 until you recover. An excellent treatment center will answer all your questions with relevant answers and even bring up some ideas you didn’t consider.

Costs and payment options vary widely also. Check with your health insurance company to see what treatment benefits are available. Some states have special programs for lower-income individuals which can be free or based on current income. Getting treatment should not be a financial decision, there are resources available for everyone to make treatment affordable.

Starting Treatment

Once you have decided on a treatment center and have taken that huge first step to recovery, you are on your way. The drugs or alcohol will take some time to work their way out of your system. Certain substances will require a detox period which can be challenging but is safe. Withdrawals are a possibility, but the professionals at treatment centers are very experienced with this process and know how to make it as comfortable as possible.

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Is an Intensive outpatient program (IOP) the right choice for you?

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If you or a family member are struggling with a substance or eating disorder, you may be looking into treatment options. Have you considered an intensive outpatient program (IOP)?  An IOP is unique because it allows the patient to receive intensive therapy leading towards recovery all while living at home.

IOP patients do not live on-site.  Despite this, an IOP can provide treatment which is as intense and thorough as inpatient treatment. Intensive outpatient treatment may be ideal for many but may not be the best choice for everyone.

Let’s take a look at how an Intensive outpatient program works.

Genpsych’s IOP program offers our clients flexibility in scheduling, along with both day and evening sessions.  IOP programs meet a few times every week.

Our IOP program will provide you with a customized treatment plan which will fit your unique needs. The method will include a combination of individual therapy, educational workshops and group counseling. During both the individual and group meetings, clients will work on their coping skills, learn how to manage cravings and be taught stress-reduction techniques.

The benefits of an Intensive outpatient program

There are many great reasons that people choose to address their addictions through an IOP. One of the biggest reasons is the flexibility, this form of treatment allows you to fit therapy sessions into your existing schedule.  Our program will enable you to continue your usual routine of family and work all while receiving intense treatment.

An IOP also allows your family and friends to join you in family counseling sessions.  These sessions teach you how to communicate with your loved ones and help them understand how they can support you during your trip to recovery.

Deciding to use an Intensive outpatient program

An IOP offers many great treatment benefits but still may not be the right form of treatment for everyone. An IOP will be most useful if at least one of the below criteria apply to you:

You are transitioning out of a residential addiction treatment program.

You have not made progress in your recovery in a traditional outpatient program.

You have work for family obligations which make it hard for you to be away from home for weeks or months at a time.

Intensive outpatient program

In an IOP program, mental health issues are often treated alongside addiction treatment.  Managing both at the same time is very important for clients who are struggling with psychological and substance abuse. Not everyone with co-occurring disorders is a good candidate for an intensive outpatient program.  For instance, if you have medical issues which must be addressed prior to beginning addiction treatment.

Addiction is a very complicated disorder. The causes, reasons, triggers vary significantly in each case. It also varies greatly in severity; no two cases are exactly alike. It is essential that you choose a treatment program to meet your individual needs.  For many clients, an IOP is precisely the right path, providing them with intense treatment in a flexible outpatient program. An IOP allows people to rebuild the lives, work on their recovery and coping skills all while living at home and fulfilling their obligations to their loved ones. 

If you think an IOP may be the right choice for you, please contact Genpsych today at

855-436-7792 to find out more.

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Introduction to Medication-Assisted Detox

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When we think about treating addiction, the use of medication might seem counter-effective. How can taking drugs help someone stop taking drugs? This question is valid.

And yet, the use of recovery medications such as Methadone, Suboxone, and Vivitrol, is proven to be the best practice in medically treating addiction.

These medications help with two things:

  1. Easing withdrawal symptoms that commonly discourage individuals from completing detox, and
  2. Preventing an individual from achieving the effects of drugs or alcohol if s/he tries to use during detox.

Withdrawal Medications

At GenPsych, we use two different withdrawal medications, based on the individual and his/her needs.

Suboxone (buprenorphine)

Suboxone is the name brand for the medication buprenorphine. It comes in the form of a dissolvable sheet that is taken orally each day. Suboxone blocks the effects of opioids, preventing the client from getting high, and is used to treat addiction, not as main medication.

Vivitrol (naltrexone)

Vivitrol, which is the name brand for naltrexone, also blocks the effects of an opioid or alcohol, but comes in the form of a shot that is injected monthly. Because it is administered by a practitioner and lasts for a full month, there is less reliance on the client to remember or choose to take it daily (as is the case with Suboxone).

Medication- Assisted Treatment & Detox at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we utilize Suboxone and Vivitrol in our Ambulatory Detoxification Program, and are able to administer these medications as needed after treatment and for applicable outpatient clients. Medication management is available for all substance abuse clients (as is deemed necessary) in our Detox, Partial Care, and Intensive Outpatient programs.

For more information on our medication-assisted detox or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.


Our Best Blogs for Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month aims to educate individuals about the alcohol and its effects, as well as addiction and recovery options.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about the science of addiction, current epidemics, or available treatments, GenPsych has a blog for you this month.

Blogs for Ending the Stigma

3 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Addiction

Addiction is a mental illness. Unfortunately, many people see chemical dependency as a moral downfall. However, this idea is now overwhelmingly disputed by research.

Scientific evidence shows us that continued use of a substance can change how the brain functions, making that substance seem absolutely necessary to the body… [Read more]


Women and Substance Abuse

Women and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse does not discriminate.

Addiction to drugs and alcohol affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders. However, it does affect individuals in varying degrees and in different ways… [Read more]

Blogs about Withdrawal

NJ Alcohol Detox: Withstanding Withdrawal Safely

Alcohol abuse affects each individual differently… About 90 percent of individuals struggling with alcohol abuse suffer mild withdrawal symptoms.

However, in the other 10 percent of alcohol detox cases, individuals will experience severe withdrawal symptoms… [Read more]

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment Options

For people in the early stages of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, withdrawal can be a major obstacle to overcome. Medications such as Suboxone can ease withdrawal symptoms and enable individuals to detox safely and comfortably… [Read more]

Blogs about Recovery & Ambulatory Detox

Outpatient Detox at GenPsych3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

When breaking the cycle of addiction, treatment must address both mental and physical health. During detoxification from drugs and alcohol, some may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can make quitting a strenuous process on the body. However, with medical assistance, detox is made safer and easier through clinical support and withdrawal medication… [Read more]


NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction… [Read more]

Substance Abuse Programs at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we offer Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs for adults in recovery from substance abuse. We also have an Ambulatory Detoxification Program that allows individuals to detox from any substance during the day, while returning to their lives and families in the evening.

All private insurances accepted. Same day appointments and transportation available. For more information on our substance abuse and detox programs, or to schedule an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

3 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Addiction

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1. Addiction is a mental illness.

Unfortunately, many people see chemical dependency as a moral downfall. However, this idea is now overwhelmingly disputed by research.

Scientific evidence shows us that continued use of a substance can change how the brain functions, making that substance seem absolutely necessary to the body.

In fact, in some cases, the drug is viewed as so vital that withdrawal can be physically dangerous and even fatal.

As a result, medical or psychiatric intervention is often recommended for drug and alcohol addiction. A combination of medically-assisted detoxification and long-term therapy is most effective in treating this illness.

2. Most drug addictions now start at the doctor’s office.

According to a recent study, most teen drug addictions began with a doctor’s prescription.

The study, which was published in Pediatrics journal, “found a strong correlation between teens’ taking the drugs for medical reasons and then later taking them for ‘non-medical’ reasons.”

A similar correlation was found with illegal drug use. Many teens who abused heroin started with prescription painkillers, which produce a similar effect.

Such statistics raise some ethical questions when it comes to prescribing pain medication. Are there non-addictive alternatives? Are doctors taking measures to prevent dependence? Should they be prescribing such drugs to teens at all?

3. Chances are you’re probably an addict.

Statistics estimate that between 80 and 90% of American adults consume this seemingly harmless drug every day: caffeine.

While caffeine may not have the severe effects that are found with more dangerous drugs, it is just as capable of altering your brain chemistry. Not to mention, it’s just as likely to cause withdrawal (

When you find yourself irritable with a pounding headache before your morning coffee, you’re experiencing a similar body process as those who try to quit an addiction. Of course, for those addicted to drugs like narcotics or depressants, such symptoms are often much more debilitating.

GenPsych Substance Abuse & Detox Programs

GenPsych offers its premier New Jersey substance abuse programs at all four of its locations. We foster an accepting and comfortable environment for those who are recovering from addiction.

Through our Ambulatory Detox Program, GenPsych provides safe, outpatient medical detoxification for clients. This program allows individuals to receive care and support during the day, while being able to return to their lives and their families in the evening. Learn more about our Ambulatory Detox Program here.

We also offer Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for those experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Learn more about our Adult Substance Abuse Programs here.

Call (855) 436-7792 or fill out our online request form to request an appointment.


NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification: Is Ambulatory Detox Right for You?

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In 2015, nearly 70,000 people in New Jersey received treatment for addiction (NJ State Department of Human Services). Countless more, however, did not receive the treatment that they needed to recover. NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification is the first step for individuals who are struggling with addiction.

As the state of New Jersey works to address this epidemic, specifically through restrictions on opioid prescriptions and increased insurance coverage, GenPsych continues to provide a number of substance abuse treatment options that make recovery more accessible.

One of these programs is Ambulatory Detoxification. This outpatient detox option allows clients to safely and comfortably detox from all substances during the day, and return to their families and lives in the evening. Now available in Bridgewater.

Read more: 3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

NJ Drug & Alcohol Detoxification at GenPsych

Longer Care & Relief from Withdrawal Symptoms

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detoxification program is able to accept all major private insurance plans. Our intensive treatment is billed at a much lower rate than inpatient detoxification, and is available to many clients who don’t meet criteria for detox coverage.

As a result, our clients receive 14-21 days (as necessary) of medicated detoxification. During this time, clients not only receive complete relief from withdrawal symptoms, but also can be properly tapered off of any withdrawal medication. With a shorter detoxification, clients are more likely to relapse and require repeat care.

Therapeutic Services & Skills Practiced Daily

In addition to detoxification, clients in our program receive therapeutic services, including daily skills and education groups. These services can be carried with clients not only when they go home in the evening, but throughout the rest of their recovery. (Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient Programs are available after discharge.)

While clients are in an isolated environment during the day, they are given the opportunity to return to their home environment in the evening, where they are able to practice the skills learned in treatment. Our daily program is able to address any relapses in recovery immediately, and bring clients back on track.

Other benefits:

  • Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations to determine co-occurring disorders
  • Medication management, including Vivitrol
  • Aftercare planning and psychiatric referrals
  • Same day or next day appointments available
  • Transportation provided as needed
  • All private insurances accepted

For admissions, call (855) 436-7792 or fill out an appointment request form here.

Outpatient Detox at GenPsych

3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

Learn more about GenPsych’s outpatient detox program here.

When breaking the cycle of addiction, treatment must address both mental and physical health. During detoxification from drugs and alcohol, some may experience withdrawal symptoms, which can make quitting a strenuous process on the body. However, with medical assistance, detox is made safer and easier through clinical support and withdrawal medication, such as Suboxone.

In some cases, individuals can choose between inpatient and outpatient detox programs. No single program is right for everyone, so it’s important to consider all options before making your decision.

What is outpatient detox?

When people think of addiction recovery, they often think of an inpatient stay. They might picture a celebrity going away for a few months at a California rehab or hospital. Outpatient detox, by comparison, looks a little bit more like visiting your local doctor for a checkup or going to a therapist regularly. During outpatient detox, an individual attends program during the day and returns home at night. Treatment lengths vary depending upon individual need.

3 Reasons to Choose Outpatient Detox

Continue living your life.

Life doesn’t stop for your addiction, and it doesn’t stop for recovery. While getting away and focusing entirely on recovery is often optimal, taking a break from life isn’t always realistic. For those who are juggling treatment and a family, school, or work, outpatient detox accommodates their needs. Clients are able to receive the treatment, support, and medication they need, while still being able to live their lives.

Practice learned skills in real time.

One of the benefits of inpatient detox is its isolation from the outside world. Patients are completely removed from the temptations of drugs or alcohol (such as their medicine cabinet, local liquor stores, or peers). However, life in recovery isn’t always so isolated, and eventually an inpatient stay ends, thrusting an individual back into life’s stressors and urges. Outpatient detox better simulates real life. Each day, an individual is faced with the world around them, and is given the opportunity to practice the coping skills they have learned in treatment. Instead of just talking about relapse prevention, clients put these messages into action, and are better prepared to transition once treatment ends.

Receive longer length of care.

The reality of inpatient detox is that it isn’t always covered by insurance, at least not for as long as it is needed. Without complete treatment, an individual is put at an increased risk of relapse. Outpatient detox is a good option for those who are experiencing difficulty getting coverage or who could not otherwise afford residential care. It makes recovery more accessible and possible for many individuals who are struggling with addiction. Always talk to a facility about insurance coverage and payment before enrolling in a program.

GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program

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GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program provides individuals with all of the benefits of a detox program without the inpatient stay. Our clients receive support and medication for withdrawal and attend groups to receive education and skills in coping and relapse prevention. Transportation accommodations are provided in-state and lunch is included daily.

For Frequently Asked Questions about our Ambulatory Detox program, click here.

GenPsych accepts all private insurance and is a licensed Suboxone provider.

Assessments are scheduled 24/7 and we offer same day or next business day appointments. 

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.


NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment

NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment Options

For more information on GenPsych’s NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment and Detox, click here.

For people in the early stages of recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, withdrawal can be a major obstacle to overcome. Medications such as Suboxone can ease withdrawal symptoms and enable individuals to detox safely and comfortably. Learn more about NJ Outpatient Suboxone Treatment below.

GenPsych Adult Substance Abuse Programs

GenPsych is a licensed Suboxone provider, and offers medically assisted detoxification to adults in our program.

Ambulatory Detox

For individuals who are still actively using addictive substances, detox is the first step to recovery. GenPsych offers a daily outpatient detox program where clients can come during the day and receive withdrawal medication, such as Suboxone and Vivitrol, to ease symptoms.

Upon admission, clients will be evaluated by a psychiatrist who will be able to determine any co-occurring disorders that should also be treated.

We provide a relaxing and judgment-free environment to safely detox from drugs or alcohol. Clients are monitored and participate in groups throughout the week. Ambulatory Detox is currently available at our Bridgewater location.

Learn more about Ambulatory Detox here.

Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Once detox has been completed, remaining sober is the next step. Through participation in Partial Care (PC) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis programming, clients gain the skills and support they need to have a successful recovery.

Our Adult Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis track and Suboxone providers are available at all four of our New Jersey locations: Bridgewater, Brick, Lawrenceville, and Livingston.

Learn more about Adult Substance Abuse Programs here.

Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents. All private insurances are accepted.

For more information or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

NJ Addiction Treatment at GenPsych

At GenPsych, we offer a variety of NJ addiction treatment options to help you or your loved one recover from substance abuse. Whether you’re just beginning recovery or looking for a long-term path to sobriety, check out our substance abuse treatment programs.

GenPsych’s NJ Addiction Treatment Programs

Your First Step: Ambulatory Detox

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Ambulatory Detoxification

Who: For individuals beginning recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol, who are still actively using, or who have relapsed while in recovery

What: Ambulatory Detox provides outpatient, medically-assisted detoxification as well as therapeutic programming. GenPsych specializes in the treatment of opiate addiction and is a licensed Suboxone provider. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.

When: Daily; Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Weekends from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Available at our Bridgewater location

Why: Outpatient detox allows individuals to safely detox with medical supervision during the day and return home during the evenings. With daily exposure to “the real world,” individuals are able to actively practice the skills they learn and experience an easier transition out of treatment.

*Through our collaborative housing program, we are also able to coordinate living accommodations as needed.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

Continued Care: Adult Substance Abuse Programs

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GenPsych’s Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Who: For individuals who have completed detox, inpatient, or other care and are seeking continued programming

What: GenPsych’s Adult Dual Diagnosis/Substance Abuse programs help individuals to remain sober after detox. Individuals explore the root of their addiction by identifying life stressors, improving coping skills, and addressing any co-occurring disorders. Individuals will participate in groups (such as relapse prevention, education, and social support) and work with professional therapists to achieve their goals.


  • AM Intensive Outpatient: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pick three days)
  • PM Intensive Outpatient: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Partial Care: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Adult substance abuse programs available at our Bridgewater, Brick, and Livingston locations; Dual Diagnosis programming also available at our Lawrenceville location (Programs vary by location. See site pages for full program offerings.)

Why: Recovery does not end with detox. The decision to remain sober is one that individuals make each and every day. Through skills education and support, individuals will receive the tools necessary to have a successful recovery and to remain substance-free.

Call (855) 436-7792 or click here to request an appointment.

For more information on GenPsych’s NJ Addiction Treatment programs or to request an appointment, call (855) 436-7792.

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