When it comes to substance abuse, alcoholism is one of the most prevalent forms of it in existence. Today, nearly 1 out of every 10 adults in the United States suffers from alcohol dependence, according to the CDC. These numbers are alarmingly high, and almost unbelievable. However, the reason that alcoholism is able to persist at such a high rate is that it often goes unnoticed, or at least less noticed than it should. While most people envision an alcoholic as a person who can barely walk and talk due to their alcohol consumption, the truth is that many alcoholics are what would be classified as functional alcoholics, who abuse alcohol, yet still function in their daily lives. Indeed, someone you know is probably a high-functioning alcoholic. Here are some of the signs to recognize this behavior…Drinking early in the dayAlthough they still might be able to go through their daily lives and do their jobs (even well, in some cases), many functional alcoholics will start drinking early in the day. This is because high-functioning alcoholics will feel like they need alcohol in their system to completely function. If someone you know frequently starts to drink in the morning, then this is a major sign that they are a functional alcoholic.Someone drinking aloneAlthough a functional alcoholic can surely go out and drink with friends, which is something they will rarely miss out upon, a functional alcoholic will also often drink alone. This is severely unhealthy, physically and mentally, as it perpetually alienates a functional alcohol. It also removes them from situations where they will have social accountability for drinking. If a loved one is frequently drinking alone, then someone should have a serious talk with them about the possibility of alcohol dependence.Makes jokes about alcoholismFunctional alcoholics are able to sustain their alcoholism and go unnoticed because they have set up defense mechanisms that allow them to avoid their drinking problem. One common example of this is when someone makes jokes about being an alcoholic or drinking too much. This type of self-deprecating humor works as a veil for very real problems. The allure of joking about your own alcohol abuse is that it will make people see it in a positive light. On top of that, there is the belief that if you are able to joke about it, then you must recognize alcoholism and be in control. However, this isn’t always the case.
Real Stories of Recovery
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...