The term “functioning alcoholic” is typically used to describe someone who has a drinking problem but is still able to do the basic things they need to, such as go to work, pay bills, etc. These people still have a problem with excessive consumption of alcohol, but they are able to hide it better than most others. Just because an alcoholic is able to function or appear to function normally in everyday life does not mean that they don’t have a dangerous addiction.
Every functioning alcoholic always ends up falling off the rails at some point, as alcoholism is simply not a problem that one can separate from the rest of their life forever. Some people are simply better at others at concealing their alcoholism, which can make it all the more difficult for friends and family to realize that their loved one has a serious problem. While most people who have a drinking problem are not able to conceal it very well, there are others who are.
A functioning alcoholic is still at risk for liver disease and all the other health problems that a non-functioning alcoholic is. These people are particularly skilled when it comes to keeping their problem secret from others. If you have not read our “Symptoms of Alcoholism“, you should.
The first stage of functional alcoholism is usually binge drinking, which means drinking to excess over and over. This behavior inevitably leads to an increased tolerance to alcohol, causing the person to drink even more so they can get drunk. Binge drinking is incredibly dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal.
The second stage of functional alcoholism is using alcohol to cope with stress. Many people who become alcoholics rely on drinking as a way of dealing with their problems and things they would rather not think about. Many functional alcoholics drink to feel better. This is of course not an effective long-term solution for dealing with stress, and the person keeps doing it over and over despite its harmful effects.
Eventually even a functional alcoholic will begin to lose their grip on their personal and professional lives. Many people who start out as functional alcoholics end up withdrawing from friends and family, which of course causes its own set of problems. Some functional alcoholics even experience legal problems if they get caught drinking and driving. The point is that one cannot be an alcoholic and function normally forever.
A functional alcoholic will also eventually develop certain health problems, such as liver disease and weight gain. Most people who abuse alcohol long enough experience a number of health problems, many of which can be fatal if the proper course of action is not taken. Functional alcoholism is just as dangerous as non-functional alcoholism when it comes to how the excessive drinking affects one’s body and personal life.
The people closest to an alcoholic can also be affected, and they often are. Many people justify their alcoholism by claiming that they are able to hold down a job and don’t have any relationship or health problems, but it’s only a matter of time until they do.If you are a functioning alcoholic, please seek treatment. You can have a fulfilled life without alcohol.
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Research studies on addiction treatment have shown that some alcohol and substance addiction treatment and follow-up procedures are more successful than others. At Detox of South Florida, we emphasize on using the best approaches in alcohol or drug detox.
Our goal is to ensure that all our patients regain their physical and mental states of health. Our treatment is therefore tailored to address each patient’s unique conditions. The treatment involves a combination of detoxification procedures such as opiate detox, alcohol detox, and heroin detox, just to mention a few, with other intervention procedures such as group and individual therapy, relapse prevention education, after-care planning, and in-house completion programs aimed at ensuring long-term sobriety and prevention of relapses.
Every patient has his or her unique type and level of addiction which is why the treatment period will normally vary from one individual to another. While some patients go through a 30-day rehab program, others will require a 60-day or 90-day program to recover from alcohol or drug addiction. The time it takes to recover will depend on the assessment report provided by the assigned medical professional who evaluates your case.
As the best rehab in Florida, we believe a relapse should not be viewed as a failure but rather as a sign to help you get back on track by making necessary adjustments to your treatment.
Our rates generally depend on the services provided. The overall cost will be determined by factors such as professional treatment fees, facilities, food, and utilities.
Unlike other addiction treatment centers across the country, at Detox of South Florida, we take your treatment and recovery process very seriously. Your treatment against addiction is a comprehensive process that may be affected by unwarranted interruptions. All visitations must, therefore, be approved well in advance by the treating therapist. We do this to ensure that your safety, focus on recovery, and stability are maintained at all times. The only visitors allowed are significant members of your family and close friends.
When I first arrived I was very nervous and I kept thinking what have I done, 3weeks later, I was clean!... read more
When I first arrived I was very nervous and I kept thinking what have I done, 3weeks later, I was clean! It was the hardest thing I've ever done! With all the love from staff and people in detox, I got through, day by day! It was like a family! Everyone was so kind and caring! Best thing I've ever done for ME?
I was in really bad shape when I entered the detox . I had severe withdrawals from heroin and... read more
I was in really bad shape when I entered the detox . I had severe withdrawals from heroin and they were quick to address them From top to bottom, this is a fantastic place to detox. The doctors, nurses, counselors, staff - and especially the techs - are incredible and caring. The facility is clean and the food is good. The rooms are simple but sufficient. I would highly recommend Detox of South Florida to anyone that is serious about overcoming their addiction(s).
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Naturalistic remedies are available which could ease both physical and emotional discomfort. I learned some breathing techniques and art of balancing life. My body and mind are at peace! Heal yourself!
I've been to multiple treatment centers and detox. Bar none, Detox of South Florida is the best care I have received.... read more
I've been to multiple treatment centers and detox. Bar none, Detox of South Florida is the best care I have received. The staff is compassionate and upbeat. The supervisor (behavioral health tech) Kevin is caring and works hard to make sure all patients are safe and well taken care of. I am grateful for this facility and hope anyone in need of detox chooses this place. The facility is clean and the food is good. I am a critical person and cannot find any issue to complain about. If you have any problem while you are here, the techs and Kevin help resolve the issue in a professional manner. If Roger Ebert was still alive, he would give Detox of South Florida two thumbs up! I am happy to be here and I know anyone that comes here will be happy too.
Throughout the program, assessment was done based upon my individual need... read more
Throughout the program, the assessment was done based upon my individual need. My addiction severity on heroin was gradually decreased and I gained mental health after the course. The best place to find yourself!
I was suffering from depression and unhealthy habits which couldn’t be reduced even after consulting many doctors.... read more
I was suffering from depression and unhealthy habits which couldn’t be reduced even after consulting many doctors. Had a visit to this center and they completely changed my lifestyle. Improved my self-awareness and trained me to manage stress. Best place for treating pain and anxiety!
The care I received at Detox of South Florida was the outstanding. The staffs are so kind full with patience.... read more
The care I received at Detox of South Florida was the outstanding. The staffs are so kind full with patience.
The detox of SF was outstanding with their technology,care and Staffs are very friendly. Highly recommended !!!... read more
The detox of SF was outstanding with their technology,care and Staffs are very friendly. Highly recommended !!!
The care I received at Detox of SF was the best. The staff, from the doctors, nurses and techs, all were so caring... read more
The care I received at Detox of SF was the best. The staff, from the doctors, nurses and techs, all were so caring and made this experience as painless as possible. They really care and it means the world. They listen to what you have to say and your needs and go above and beyond to help in any way possible. Mark especially, was amazing. I'm so thankful for all they have done to help get my life and also my friend's life back. They even let him come here as a scholarship when his insurance wasn't accepted. I highly recommend Detox of SF to anyone struggling with addiction.
The gave best quality treatment to my boyfriend that was awesome now he is perfectly healthy.... read more
The gave best quality treatment to my boyfriend that was awesome now he is perfectly healthy.
They reduced all my negative behaviors through a systematic approach. I am calm... read more
They reduced all my negative behaviors through a systematic approach. I am calm and matured after their therapy. Staffs are so kind and gentle!
I am so blessed to work for such an amazing company. Being the Director of Admissions at Detox of South Florida... read more
I am so blessed to work for such an amazing company. Being the Director of Admissions at Detox of South Florida, I've seen first hand how many lives we have saved. Never have I seen or worked for a company that has helped more people, with or without insurance. The owners of the Detox of South Florida truly care. From the BHT's to Clinical and Medical, everyone works together as a whole to make sure the needs of our clients are met and they get the best care in order to obtain long-term recovery.
“Experience and Knowledge We have the experience and knowledge necessary to keep you safe through every step of the detoxification process. With our Florida Detox staff experts by your side, it is easier to feel confident in every decision you make. ”