Could My Loved One Be a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

high-functioning alcoholicJust because someone holds down a good job, attends church and community events or has what seems like a healthy family life, it doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have a problem with alcohol. So-called high-functioning alcoholics typically seem to have it all together on the outside – and may even hold high-power positions in the community and at work — but inside they are suffering from the physical and emotional effects of alcohol. They may even be struggling with such hallmarks of addiction as uncontrollable cravings, unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking and obsessive thoughts about their next drink.

Despite their best efforts at concealment, they’ll likely exhibit some subtle and not-so-subtle signs uncharacteristic of their sober selves. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • Denial: Listen carefully for excuses. For example: “I haven’t had any setbacks because of drinking.” “I have a great job and pay my bills, so I can’t be an alcoholic.” “I only drink expensive wine.”
  • Eating habits: Many high-functioning alcoholics use mealtimes as an excuse to start drinking or lose interest in food altogether.
  • Withdrawal signs: This includes becoming irritable, nervous or uncomfortable when he or she is forced to abstain from drinking.
  • Lack of control: A high functioning alcoholic won’t be able to stop after just one or two drinks — and will likely always have an excuse for just one more round.
  • Behavioral changes: For example, a mild manner person might act aggressive or a conservative individual impulsive while under the influence.

Christian Addiction Treatment For High-Functioning Alcoholics
Making the decision to seek help for your own addiction, or helping a loved one to decide to seek help for alcohol abuse, may be the biggest and most important choice of your life. Let us lead the way. To learn more about our Christian rehab, call today: 877-310-9545.

Why Christians Might Resist Addiction Treatment (And Why They Shouldn’t)

christians addiction treatmentFor Christians, the decision about whether to seek addiction treatment can be a difficult one. You may have convinced yourself that you don’t really have a problem or that you can will away your addiction through sheer willpower or faith. Or, perhaps, emotions like guilt and shame are stopping you from seeking treatment.

In fact, studies show that people who choose a faith-based Christian approach to addiction recovery are more likely to get (and stay) sober. Here we take a look at a few of these common roadblocks to treatment – and why they shouldn’t stop you from getting the help you need and deserve.

  • Willpower: Addiction isn’t caused by a lack of willpower, nor will willpower alone result in sustained recovery. On the other hand, you’ll find that strength comes easily and your willpower is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process.
  • Guilt and shame: Do you feel like you let God down or that your addiction put a wrench in your relationship with Him? There is a close relationship between guilt, shame and addiction – but faith-based recovery can help you escape these emotions. By becoming sober, you can ask for forgiveness, restore your faith and repair your relationship with God.
  • Fear of stigma: Do you suspect that others in the church community will judge you or label you “an addict”? Getting help and being open and honest about the realities of addiction is perhaps the best step toward breaking the stigma of addiction. It’s also a powerful way to demonstrate to others the profound impact that spirituality has in your life and in your recovery.

A Christian Partner to Guide Recovery
As a Christian in recovery, you must find your way back to the Lord before you can achieve a truly lasting recovery. The founding principle of Christian Rehab Network is that you should never have to walk that journey alone. To learn more, call: 877-310-9545.

Increasing PTSD Awareness

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I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)

Every June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the perfect time to encourage people to get a better understanding of the condition, including the risk factors. By doing so, the hope is that anyone who has been touched by serious trauma will reach out for help — not just veterans.

Risk Factors of PTSD
According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. This includes war veterans and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster or many other serious events. Some factors that increase your or your loved one’s risk for PTSD include:

  • Living through dangerous events and traumas
  • Getting hurt
  • Seeing another person hurt, or seeing a dead body
  • Childhood trauma
  • Feeling horror, helplessness, or extreme fear
  • Having little or no social support after the event
  • Dealing with extra stress after the event, such as loss of a loved one, pain and injury, or loss of a job or home
  • Having a history of mental illness or substance abuse

PTSD and Substance Use Disorder
Indeed, there’s a lot of overlap between addiction and PTSD. Many people mistakenly turn to alcohol or drugs in an effort to forget or cope with such symptoms as:

  • Sleep troubles
  • Traumatic memories or dreams
  • Mood disturbances
  • Extreme emotions

But this type of self-medicating actually worsens symptoms over time and can decrease functioning across many areas of life. Luckily, proper treatment can help people with PTSD to recover in a healthy way.

Christian Treatment for PTSD
At Christian Rehab Network, we work with pastors and credentialed therapists to lift the veil of darkness and offer hope and comfort to clients and their families. Our network of facilities and programs offers help for those dealing with mental health conditions, including PTSD. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.