When people think of drug addicts, they may think of people slumped over with the needle still in their arm or a prostitute working the street to pay for her next fix. While these images may be justified, the image that many people don't get in their head is the image of a doctor or a teacher or a truck driver. The high functioning addict is someone who you would never suspect has a drug or alcohol addiction. These people hold regular jobs and have stable friendships and relationships, a far cry from what you would expect when someone says the words drug addict. If you need drug treatment in Raleigh NC that works, call Legacy Freedom today for help.
High functioning addicts may have difficulty realizing that they are in fact addicts. Why? Because they may feel as though they have everything in control. Whether they are in control or not, their addiction is real. Many of these addicts avoid seeking treatment out of fear that they will lose their family or job by admitting they have a problem. As a result, these addicts go on using for years. However, it is just a matter of time before someone or something ruins this carefully orchestrated facade.
Many of these high functioning addicts are caught in their addiction by a random occurrence. A drug test at work or a DUI can expose the dangerous web of lies the high functioning addict has woven to protect themselves from having their addiction discovered. Maybe the physical symptoms of the drug or alcohol addiction begin to show and allude to the fact that something isn't right. Whatever the case may be, the addict will work diligently to ensure that their cover won't be blown and that they can keep on using without intervention from anyone.
Here are the signs that you or a loved one could be a high functioning addict. If you're searching for quality drug treatment in Raleigh NC, call Legacy.
- Sudden mood swings
- Avoiding family functions and family time
- Problems at work
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Risky behaviors like driving too fast or having unprotected sex
- Deteriorating health
- Change in physical appearance or grooming habits
- Steady stream of excuses
- Denials about behaviors
High functioning addicts construct elaborate lies and deceptions to allow themselves to keep using. Orchestrating this double life can be exhausting and lonely. Many addicts distance themselves from friends and family to avoid having to answer for their behaviors and actions. Chasing the next high or buzz becomes the addict's obsession. As the cravings and the need to use intensifies, the addict will engage in more risky and elaborate schemes to get their fix. Many times it is at the peak of their addiction that the carefully constructed web begins to unravel and the truth is discovered.
Excuses and justifications are key in the addict's world. Of course, he or she deserves to drink or use, they work hard. Their family is provided for, and everyone thinks they have it all together. Erratic or unusual behaviors can be explained away by stress. Maybe they just had one too many at happy hour after work. In reality, the grip the high functioning addict has on the controls is slipping. It's easy to deny the addiction when the day to day responsibilities are being met, and drug or alcohol use may not be an everyday occurrence, but as the addiction evolves, the denial becomes more difficult.
Many high functioning addicts are discovered through financial or legal troubles. Money set aside for savings may dwindle, and soon the addict will have to answer to a spouse or partner about where the money went. Other addicts may choose to embezzle money from their employer or take large advances on their credit cards. These financial burdens then feed the addiction further, requiring the addict to use more and more to take their mind off their financial difficulties. Legal issues can be tied to the financial aspect of the addiction or may simply evolve as a result of the addiction itself. DUI, possession charges or being the victim of a narcotics sting operation all force the high functioning addict to own their addiction. If you need to be addiction, call Legacy. We offer the best drug treatment in Raleigh NC.
The typical, high functioning addict is/has:
- Middle aged
- Family history of addiction
- Personal history of depression
- Stable employment
- Good family environment
- Highly educated
If these signs and symptoms sound like you, or someone you love, the time to call Legacy Freedom is now. Our outpatient substance abuse treatment programs allow you to get the help you need for your addiction without asking you to give up work or family life. Our approach to addiction treatment puts you, not your addiction, at the center. Through our holistic treatment program, you will learn to live a sober and purpose filled life.
Holistic Drug Treatment in Raleigh NC At Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers
Together with your Life-Purpose Coach, you will create a care plan that gets to the root of your addiction. Knowing why you use drugs or alcohol is crucial to overcoming your addiction. Whether you drink to cope with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, childhood trauma, sexual abuse or an undiagnosed mental illness, Legacy Freedom of Raleigh can help. Your therapist will work with you one-on-one to determine the cause of your addiction and help you confront those experiences and feelings head on so that you can heal and break the need to use drugs or alcohol to escape.
Group therapy is an excellent way to meet others who are struggling with their own sobriety and connect and learn from their experiences. Finding support in your peers allows you to create a support network for yourself when you are away from our outpatient facility. At Legacy Freedom, we encourage friends and loved ones to be involved in your recovery process. We know that having the support you need at home to maintain your sobriety is crucial.
Healing the physical damage of your addiction is important. Restoring your body to health through proper nutrition and physical therapy plays a key role in your care plan. Our staff dietician and physical therapist will work with you to heal the ravages of addiction and help you learn to care for yourself using diet and exercise as therapeutic tools.
Alternative therapies are used at Legacy Freedom to address boundary issues, inner child problems and heal trauma. Your care team and your Life-Purpose Coach will help you choose from more than ten different types of alternative therapies including equine therapy, inner child work, EMDR, tai chi and more. Learn about all of our treatment offerings on our blog.
Take control of your life and call Legacy Freedom today. Our care team is ready to help you stop living a double life and set you on a path towards a sober one filled with purpose and meaning. Call now to learn more about our holistic options for quality drug treatment in Raleigh NC!