The Holidays: Survival Guide for Sober Alcoholics

The holidays can be a triggering and challenging time for sober alcoholics, particularly for those in early sobriety. But why? There are a variety of reasons and this time of year can prove to be emotionally charged even for non-alcoholics.

Mothers Can be High-Functioning Alcoholics Too!

It is as though the image of the “mother” and that of the “alcoholic” seem contradictory. However, alcoholism does not discriminate and there are mothers who are able to fulfill their roles as mothers (in the literal sense), and even as professionals—therefore being high functioning. Those around them may not believe that these individuals could be alcoholic, because their outside life may appear “perfect”.

The Various Ways High-Functioning Alcoholics Hit Bottom

Each alcoholic has a unique bottom, and some alcoholics report having several bottoms along the way that they have ignored. Generally, high-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) experience bottoms that are emotional and internal—including feelings of shame, remorse, loneliness and/or hopelessness.

The Most Tragic A&E “Intervention” Show Ironically Features a High-Functioning Alcoholic

I have often said that a movie or a TV show featuring a high-functioning alcoholic (HFA) would not be viewed as “dramatic” enough by today’s entertainment standards. An exception to this norm was the July 13th airing of the A&E show “Intervention” featuring Bret, an HFA, proved to be one of the most emotional and tragic episodes.

Why some phase out of college binge drinking and others are alcoholic

There are 11 million underage drinkers and over 7 million binge drinkers nationally. Unfortunately, there is no clear way to determine which college students will phase out of binge drinking and which will continue. However, there are a number of risk factors that increase the chance of an individual being alcoholic.

Social Drinkers, Problem Drinkers and Alcoholics

When the term "high-functioning alcoholic" is mentioned, various types of drinkers often begin to question their own drinking and worry if they fall into this category. Part of this confusion is that many individuals are unclear about the differences in characteristics of social drinkers, problem drinkers and alcoholics.

Assessing your drinking habits online

According to the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, only 25% of alcoholics ever receive treatment. High-functioning alcoholics (HFAs) and potential HFAs are the type of drinkers that need to take alcohol screening tests but are not always the ones that do.

Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic

Through my new book and this blog, I intend to increase awareness and to facilitate dialogue about high-functioning alcoholics and the challenges that they face. It is crucial that the stereotype of the "typical" alcoholic changes so that those alcoholics who are successful professionally and personally can break through their denial and get help.