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All or nothing tends to characterize the family that has contained trauma and/or addiction. The tendency to cycle back and forth between black-and-white in thinking, feeling and behavior, reflects the family’s problems with self-regulation consequently the family as a whole and individual members can lose their ability to “right” themselves when thrown off balance.

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 20:00

High Functioning Alcoholics

Published in last Sunday's New York Times (May 4th) is as an excellent article titled High Functioning, But Still Alcoholics.

Chronicled by Times writer Jane Brody, the piece reviews a new book from author Sarah Allen Benton, "Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic" (Praeger Publishers), and describes a familiar scenario:

"high-functioning alcoholics are able to maintain respectable, even high-profile lives, usually with a home, family, job and friends. That balancing act continues until something dreadful happens that reveals the truth - to themselves or to others - and forces the person to enter a treatment program or lose everything that means anything."

  • Toward the end of the article, Ms. Benton reveals a list of characteristics that can help people recognize themselves as high-functioning alcoholics, notably:
  • They have trouble controlling their intake even after deciding that they will drink no more alcohol than a given amount.
  • They find themselves thinking obsessively about drinking - when and where and with whom they will drink next.
  • When they drink, they behave in ways that are uncharacteristic of their sober self.
  • They experience blackouts, unable to remember what took place during a drinking bout.

An excellent article noted by many here at The Meadows.

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