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High Functioning Addicts – The Invisibly Addicted
Functional addicts in Silicon Valley are often found in high stress and highly paid careers and professions.
No one intends to become addicted. However individuals regularly taking Adderall, amphetamines or some cognitive enhancers may begin to feel tired and mentally foggy without it. And over time drug tolerance begins – which means higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect.
With High Functioning Addicts (HFA’s), drug or alcohol use may be hidden. Any signs of substance abuse and addiction are not immediately evident. To friends, co-workers and extended family – high functioning addicts seem like ‘an average person’. For many people, addictions can coexist with what appears to be a perfectly normal lifestyle.
“Experts warn that many people with addictions continue to perform well at work. So-called ‘high-functioning addicts’ exist across all sectors. Workplaces are not intervening early enough – which puts those who have addictions at a higher risk of physical and psychological harm. ‘The job is always the last thing that goes,’ says Dr. Steven Melemis, a physician in Toronto who specializes in addiction.”High-Functioning Addicts: Intervening Before Trouble Hits
Functional addicts live in total denial (and lack awareness) of addiction issues and point to their career successes. However, away from work in private – addictive behavior patterns are fully active. Also the physical stress caused by regular drug use accumulates and causes damage to the body and brain.
While taking Adderall or meth to ‘work hard’ during a long day – and then taking opioids to sleep may begin to seem ‘normal’ – it is not. These drugs, especially in combination, are very damaging to health.
‘Cognition Hacking’ Among Working Professionals
‘Smart drugs’ have no official designation or description. However, most references to smart drugs usually include Provigil (modafinil), Adderall and Ritalin.
“Cognitive psychologists have found that there is a trade-off between attentional focus and creativity. And there is some evidence that suggests that individuals who are better able to focus on one thing and filter out distractions tend to be less creative.”Martha J. Farah, PhD, Brain Gain, The underground world of “neuroenhancing” drugs
The Danger: A Slow Slide to Addiction
But over time – tolerance develops. After that, dependence occurs. At that point, addiction is almost certain – unless the individual can stop using the substances or alcohol.
Additionally, health is negatively affected by the binge use of drugs or alcohol. Although the physical damage may not be immediately evident – one day the user will ‘hit a wall’ and find themselves very ill; or in an ER.
Life Hacking enhancement is on the rise within workplaces. For example, modafinil, which was previously used to treat sleep disorders (narcolepsy), has become popular as a ‘cognitive enhancer.’
Provigil (modafinil) is not considered addictive; but it can cause dependency.
Common side effects include fever, easy bruising or bleeding, hallucinations, depression, chest pain, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, or mental/mood changes (such as confusion, depression, hallucinations, rare thoughts of suicide).
Ritalin is a prescription stimulant.
It can cause dependency and addiction. Common side effects are nervousness, sweating, blurred vision, reduced appetite, weight loss, and nausea.
“Even methylphenidate [Ritalin], which is thought to be a fairly innocuous compound, can have structural and biochemical effects in some regions of the brain that can be even greater than those of cocaine,” stated Dr. Yong Kim.Ritalin May Cause Changes In Brain’s Reward Areas; Effects May Overlap With Those Of Cocaine
Functional Alcoholics – Masters of Deception
Functional Alcoholics (High Functioning Alcoholics) lead a double life.
In professional life – functional alcoholics are goal oriented and often excel. However in personal life, the relationship difficulties caused by alcoholism are fully activated.
Family members and significant others often experience profound cognitive dissonance. The person they interact with at home is not the same person who excels at work and is respected by co-workers and colleagues.
Some addiction experts estimate that between 75 and 90% of all alcoholics are high-functioning.
A 2007 study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) categorized alcoholics into five subtypes.
The study found that about 19.5% of alcoholics are the “functional” subtype. Only 9% are of the “chronic severe” subtype that fit the stereotype of the alcoholic that has ‘hit bottom’.Researchers Identify Alcoholism Subtypes
Rehab and Treatment for Functional Addictions
Functional alcoholics and addicts rarely seek help on their own. Most see no problems in their life or with their relationships.
Those in highly paid careers rarely want to take the time needed for residential rehab and addiction recovery. And it is easy to use the career as a reason to avoid getting help.
However, the best chance for recovery is a permanent change in habitual behaviors. Time, education and therapy are required to make permanent changes.
Many functional addicts also experience depression and/or anxiety. For a lasting resolution of underlying mental health issues, dual diagnosis treatment is needed. In dual diagnosis treatment – mental health issues are treated at the same time as the substance abuse.
Bottom Line: The eventual outcome of an escalating addiction will take a lot longer to sort out than taking a few weeks off for rehab.
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The development of a substance use disorder involves profound changes in the brain, behavior, and social functioning. The recovery process at New Start Recovery Solutions involves integrating whole person sustainable changes in those areas.
We assist our clients to build a healthy body and mind –
and to develop the emotional skills and mindfulness for sustainable sobriety.
Mindfulness, Recovery and Wellness
Mindfulness is developing the internal focus to be quietly aware of your own thoughts and impulses – without judgment. And importantly, acknowledging – without acting on – those impulses.
Mindfulness meditation research shows that Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention is effective. Researchers found that mindfulness interrupts reactive behaviors and encourages skillful responses to relapse triggers.
With mindfulness practice, new neural networks are created in the brain. Mindfulness meditation is associated with structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing.
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Our goal is to assist patients in creating life long sustainable sobriety. Rehab patients are guided to create healthy habits, nutrition, rituals, mindfulness and a wellness lifestyle for mind, body and spirit.
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