Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC is a Therapist at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, Connecticut specializing in outpatient adolescent/young adult addiction services, family support, and mental health services for clients of all ages www.insightcounselingllc.com. She is author of the book "Understanding the High-functioning Alcoholic" and additional resources on this topic are available on her Website www.highfunctioningalcoholic.com. She gives presentations and clinical trainings on the topic of high-functioning alcoholics at schools, colleges, addiction treatment programs/conferences and to the general public.
Benton was formerly a Primary Therapist at Turning Point addiction treatment program for young adult men in New Haven, CT www.ctdrugtreatment.com. Previously, she worked at McLean Hospital (affiliated with Harvard Medical School) at McLean Brook transitional living program for substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment in Waltham, Massachusetts. She has also worked as a consultant for the O'Connor Professional Group intensive case management services for addiction, eating disorder and mental health issues based out of Boston, MA and in private practive at Lynch Wellness and Recovery Foundation in Norwell, MA. Additionally, Benton worked as a Therapist at the Emmanuel College Counseling Center in Boston, MA where she was the leader of the Alcohol Skills Training Program directed toward helping college-age problem drinkers.
She earned a master of science in counseling psychology degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and has been involved in psychologically-based research studies through McLean Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Northeastern University and the Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She was formerly the Vice-President of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation of Greater Boston. Benton has been featured in a NY Times article by Jane Brody, has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Shw, The CBS Early Show, NPR and more. She has been in recovery from alcoholism since February 2004.
The intention of "The High-Functioning Alcoholic" blog is to increase awareness about this hidden class of alcoholics and to provide information and resources to readers. My hope is that this blog encourages people to feel comfrotable to talk about their own struggles with alcohol and/or issues of a loved one. May this forum lead to a decrease in the stigma and a contribution towards shifting the image of the alcoholic so that those who are high-functioning recognize their problem and do not feel alone in reaching out for help.