Alcohol abuse can be life threatening, but in many cases it is not always apparent that an individual has a problem in need of treatment. Some people struggling with alcohol abuse are still able to continue functioning in their daily lives, making it important to know how to spot the signs of a problem.
A functional alcoholic might not display the typical obvious indicators that they are in trouble. So how can you tell? He or she may accidentally get drunk, consume alcohol in the morning or feel the need for a drink in order to feel confident or at ease in social situations. He or she may also make jokes about having a problem.
In addition to these behaviors, the individual may put his or herself at risk by blacking out, engaging in risky sexual activity or driving while drunk.
If you think you or someone you love may be struggling with alcohol abuse, contact Fairwinds today to learn about how our dual diagnosis approach can help create a long-lasting recovery.