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:

Do I have a drug addiction?

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Have you tried to stop taking drugs but can’t?

If you can’t stop using drugs, or the urge to use drugs is too strong for you to control, even if the drug is causing you harm, you might have an addiction.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do you think about drugs a lot?

Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?

Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without the use of drugs?

Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?

Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?

Have you ever taken one drug to get over the effects of another?

Have you ever made mistakes at a job or at school because you were using drugs?

Does the thought of running out of drugs really scare you?

Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?

Have you ever been arrested or in the hospital because of your drug use?

Have you ever overdosed on drugs?

Has using drugs hurt your relationships with other people?

If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you may very well have an addiction. People from all types of backgrounds and lifestyles can develop an addiction. Addiction can happen to anyone at any age.

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs

There have been many scientific advances in the study of addiction, more than ever is now known about how drugs work in the brain.  It has also been proven that drug addiction can be successfully treated and help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.

Is it time to take make that change in your life? Addiction not only hurts the user but also those around them. If you think you might be addicted, GenPsych’s trained professionals are here to help. Our caring staff has helped so many people get their life back on track. GenPsych has 5 locations throughout New Jersey and offers intensive outpatient programs for all ages. Contact GenPsych today and start on the road to recovery.

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Adult Substance Abuse Programs

Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs

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.

Adult Substance Abuse Programs


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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.