Nine years ago I was a completely different person to the successful entrepreneur I am today. Looking at me, you’d never guess that I was trapped in the iron grip of alcoholism and basically ruining my life, destroying my career and causing pain to those I loved. It was a shock to my family when they realized they were dealing with a high functioning alcoholic.
You see, on the outside, I was the fun guy at parties that always wanted to have a good time and encourage others around me to do the same. If I was getting wasted, so was everyone else. I was the life and soul of the party…the generous guy who always ordered rounds of shots for everyone.
The sad truth is that was my way of masking my alcoholism. I thought if everyone else was enjoying themselves they wouldn’t notice that I was completely off the rails and spiraling out of control.
A high functioning alcoholic appears to lead a normal life, hold down a steady job and function like everyone else. That is what makes us so hard to identify. Unless you are looking for the warning signs you may never know.
My drinking got to a point where I couldn’t hide my problem anymore and my shameful addictions were revealed to everyone when I ended up in prison on drug-related charges.
That was both my lowest point in life and my saving grace because after I left prison, I relapsed…hard, and had to go into rehab. That was when the fun lovin’ party animal Andy was exposed as an addict. It crushed my family, especially my Mom. She wished she had taken more notice of the warning signs and blamed herself. Identifying a high functioning alcoholic is damn … Read More ...