bshs 455 functioning addicts presentation

Functioning Addicts

BSHS/ 455- Working with Addictions


A functioning addict cannot really functionFamily relationships become strainedBusiness decision- making skills are impairedCommunity and social problems eruptProblems in overall functioning are more complex

Signs of a functioning addictHow addiction can affect a person’s everyday lifeEmotional and physical consequences of a functioning addict

Can a Person Be a Functioning Addict?

Risk-seeking behaviorInability to maintain healthy relationshipsAppears to the outside world to be managing life well Severe mood swingsTrust-breaking behavior(Everitt & Robbins, 2005)

Functioning Addict in the Family

Appears to be “normal” while intoxicated at workAble to perform many job duties and responsibilitiesMaintains a vast amount of high energy while workingBelieve that they are not addicts because they are successfulAble to maintain consistent employmentSkilled at living a compartmentalized life by separating their professional life from their addiction(Everitt & Robbins, 2005)

Functioning Addict in the Workplace

Professionally SuccessfulPersonally SuccessfulCriminal Activity

Functioning Addict in the Community

Relationships failJob performance suffersLives dangerouslyDies

Long-term Effects on the Addict

Mother- disapproves of criminal lifestyle and drug useSister- Tony’s drug- induced mood swings reveals his inappropriate affection for herBest friend- victim of Tony’s drug-induced rage

Long-term Effects on the Family

Babylon NightclubCorruptionDrug violence

Long-term Effects on the Community

Regular FamilyJob Loss Financial issue SchoolDisagreementsSingle parent house holdSibling inequalityIllness

Addict Family vs. Regular Family

Addict FamilyProblems with self regulationDepressionLoss of trust and faithTraumatic BondingLoss of ability to take part in caring and support


Functioning addict has mental and emotional health problemsFunctioning addict has strained relationshipsFunctioning addict has more complex family problemsFunctioning addict uses impaired judgment in the workplaceDysfunction of addiction impacts the greater community


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References (cont’d)

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