a woman is a high functioning alcoholic and needs treatment

What Is a High Functioning Alcoholic?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Author Beth Dunlap Beth Dunlap read more Published: June 1, 2021 Updated: June 29, 2021 Alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction is a common substance use disorder. In the past, alcoholic and alcoholism were used to refer to what treatment professionals now call alcohol use disorder. Like an addiction,…

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Do You Have Problems Drinking?

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: February 28, 2020 Updated: January 13, 2021 Problems Drinking When people have problems drinking, they often experience a wide range of issues that include medical conditions, strained relationships, financial struggles, and mental disorders. Alcoholism can also lead to accidents or health problems that end in fatality. Problems…

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Sober Holidays Can Be Fun

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 30, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2020 For people with addiction issues, having sober holidays may not seem realistic. But you can overcome addiction and have a sober holiday season when you get the right help and support. We understand that it’s not easy to reach out…

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Alcoholic Dementia: How Alcohol Affects The Brain Over Time

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 14, 2019 Updated: January 21, 2020 Are you familiar with the term “wet brain?” This term is often used by medical personnel to describe the brain changes that happen in the brain of a person who abuses alcohol. However, alcoholic dementia is the current medically appropriate…

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Detoxing from Alcohol

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 2, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2020 Detoxing from alcohol is a necessary step in rehab. Detox gives you a chance to clean out your system, allowing your body to heal slowly. It is both a physical and mental process in which you experience withdrawal symptoms and…

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Alcoholism Signs You Might Miss

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: December 1, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2020 Do you think you would know if someone you love suffered from alcoholism? Would you recognize alcoholism signs in your own life? If your answer is “of course,” you’re not alone. Many people assume that the signs of alcoholism are…

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What to Expect During a 12-step Program

By Northern Illinois Recovery Northern Illinois Recovery Published: November 5, 2019 Updated: November 26, 2019 If you’ve never participated in a 12-step group before, you can have a lot of misconceptions about what you’ll experience. 12-step groups are based on AA’s original 12 steps for recovery. You don’t have to complete all steps at once.…