Is My Loved One a Functioning Addict?

How to Identify a Functioning Addict

Are you concerned that someone you love is living with an addiction? A high functioning addict hides his or her problem from family, friends, and co-workers. While a high functioning addict may appear happy and successful on the outside, addiction is destroying their body, mind, and life from the inside. Secrecy and deception are the primary elements in the life of this person. 

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Is My Loved One A Functioning Addict?

Do you wonder, “Is my loved one a functioning addict?” If your loved one is a secret addict, it may not be as easy as you think to identify his or her problem. A master of deception, your loved one is able to hide his or her secret and still function every day. Many addicts are high functioning and include people you would never expect and may have known for years. A functioning addict can be a teacher, physician, nurse, lawyer, business owner, successful entrepreneur, or even a loving grandparent. Because they are clever at hiding their problem, when the consequences come they are often severe and debilitating. Functioning addicts don’t fit the mold, and they succeed where others fail. The human body and mind, however, can only take so much abuse before the damage inflicted surfaces with serious results. There are some signs that indicate your loved one may be a functioning addict.

• Denial is high on the list. Not drinking or doing drugs every day gives them the false impression they are not addicts. They surround themselves with heavy drinkers and users in order to fuel their denial of being one. He or she takes pride in how well they can handle their alcohol, and family members may make it easier for the functioning addict when they say they have never seen the person drunk or high.

• Watch for unusual behavior patterns. You may notice a lack of focus, missing deadlines, or avoiding family functions. There may be some noticeable physical symptoms such as paranoia or insomnia.

• Functioning addicts always have a ready excuse for any behavior issues or excessive use of alcohol or drugs. He or she may claim it was an office function, and everyone was expected to participate or some similar excuse.

• Other signs can include occasional slurred speech, tiredness, moodiness, irritability, and weight fluctuations. Any abnormal behavior can indicate a problem.

Signs Of A Functioning Addict

The signs of a functioning addict includes his or her ability to live a double life. They hide behind an ever-growing list of excuses that begin to fail them over time. If you suspect someone you love is in this situation, it’s important to get help for them before it all crashes down and his or her life is destroyed in the process. Mental functions will be affected as will physical health, and eventually family and personal life will collapse. Today is the day to call WhiteSands Addiction Treatment Centers at (877) 855-3470 and speak to a rehab specialist who can answer your questions and advise you on the steps to take to get your loved one into treatment.

Signs Of A High Functioning Alcoholic

Although high functioning alcoholics can perform quite successfully for a period of time, they do have those days when they have to hide behind breath mints or locked in their office. Gradually there are more and more times when they need to go into work late or call in sick. Recovery gets harder and harder. Days begin to start with a drink, and some alcohol is always hidden in the office for stressful moments or just to handle the cravings. Shaky hands and memory loss are common signs of a high functioning alcoholic, as well as confused thoughts, slurred speech, and disorganization.

Don’t take a chance that someone you love will get the help they need without being helped to do it. Talk to him or her and then call WhiteSands. They have helped thousands regain control of their lives, and they can help your loved one too.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.