Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and Primary Therapist at The Center for Change at Turning Point in New Haven, Connecticut, transitional living program for young adult men (www.ctdrugtreatment.com). She formerly worked at McLean Hospital (affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and 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 and in private practive at Lynch Wellness and Recovery Foundation in Norwell, MA. Benton lectures on the topic of high-functioning alcoholics at high-schools, colleges, mental health clinical trainings and conferences. She is the author of the book Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic (www.highfunctioningalcoholic.com) and has been in recovery from alcoholism since February 2004
Benton worked previously 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. In addition, she has given lectures and trainings on the topic of high-functioning alcoholics at high-schools, colleges, addiction conferences and alcohol treatment facilities. She earned a master of science in counseling psychology degree 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 is 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.
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.