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Old 10-04-2012, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Well, I'm one who doesn't consider addiction a "disease", but a disorder. Anyway, there are plenty of functional addicts who go through life for years and even decades juggling family and work life with their addiction until an event lands them either in the hospital or somewhere worse. Some use the event to come to grips with their addiction and face up to it, while the majority continue on the path to self-destruction.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Addiction (which includes alcoholism) is a progressive disease and left untreated will get worse. This disease has no cure, it is only a matter of whether the person is clean/sober and working a strong recovery program or not, that's it.

Functional addicts, IMO there is no such thing, the disease just has not progressed to the not able to manage their life stage yet. It will happen, jobs will be affected, relationships will suffer and legal troubles will arise.
Exactly. "Functional" addict" means "functional" for only so long.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Well, I am on another page here. Addiction (which includes alcoholism) is a progressive disease and left untreated will get worse. This disease has no cure, it is only a matter of whether the person is clean/sober and working a strong recovery
program or not, that's it.

Functional addicts, IMO there is no such thing, the disease just has not progressed to the not able to manage their life stage yet. It will happen, jobs will be affected, relationships will suffer and legal troubles will arise.

Not my rules, just how it works.
Perhaps then it boils down to the difference between a functioning alcoholic and somebody who just drinks every day. I know people who drink every day and are not alcoholics. Or if they are, they are "high functioning". They may have 3-5 drinks a day, never drink before evening, don't get hangovers, and have successful careers. Perhaps they're not doing their livers any good, but neither are they "progressing" towards becoming hopeless drunks.

One indicator I guess would be if they can stop easily. I just stopped drinking totally, about ten days ago, and although I certainly miss having a glass of wine or a beer, I have spent several evenings in bars with other drinkers during that time, and have felt no hardship. I'll probably continue to do this for a month or more, then go back to my 7-10 drinks a week.
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