Am I a Functioning Alcoholic?

Am I a Functioning Alcoholic?

GenPsych December 2017

Alcoholism GenPsych

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


Alcoholics Anonymous:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:

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

Appointments: (855) 436-7792 | Request Form

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.