High Functioning Alcoholics

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High Functioning Alcoholics' (HFAs') differ from regular alcoholics because they are responsible and can maintain healthy romantic and family relationships (Addiction Intervention). They live a double life, where one moment they may be drunk and partying, and the next be a mother and wife. Statistically most HFA's are white with a professional job such as a, healthcare provider, manager/administration, professional technicians, teachers, and sales people. 89% of HFA's are White, 20% Managers/Admin, 20% Professional Technicians, 6% Healthcare Providers, 5% Sales, and 3% Teachers (Alcoholics Anonymous). A majority of HFA's are also married with children, they take up 38% while the others sit at, 29% single, 24% divorced, 5% separated, and 4% widowed (Alcoholics Anonymous).

Most types of HFA have an underlying factor such as perfectionism, multigenerational alcoholism, anxiety, smoking, or major depressive illnesses (National Institutes of Health). HFA is a semi-rare disease, making up on 19.5% of alcoholics. HFA can go undetected for decades, it usually will not be known until some major crisis occurs such as a DWI or accident (New York Times). It becomes very difficult to even classify most people with HFA as an alcoholic because they have stable jobs, good family relationships, and are rarely in trouble with the law (New York Times). Most people with HFA do not publically drink, they usually only drink when they are home alone. They also do not psychically rely on alcohol, only mentally, they can go for weeks without drinking with no withdraws (New York Times).

Some of the most notable people in history have been diagnosed with HFA. One of the most notable and widely known is Betty Ford former First Lady. Betty Ford's fa...

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...t Bush and Betty Ford. Recovery is a hard road to go down, but it can be successful if you complete the steps required by the rehab that you go through.

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