How to Help a Functional Alcoholic


A “functional alcoholic” or “functioning alcoholic” is an individual who appears to be maintaining a stable life and social relationships, while seriously misusing alcohol or being addicted to alcohol. Functioning alcoholics often do not exhibit the usual signs of alcoholism to indicate a substance-use disorder, but they might nonetheless meet the diagnosis criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence.

Should a functioning alcoholic seek treatment?

Alcoholism is a serious condition with significant mental, medical, physical, emotional, and life consequences for the individual and those around him or her. Anyone overusing alcohol or drugs, regardless of their degree of “functionality” should seek professional treatment.

What are the ways that family members can help a functional alcoholic?

Is your husband, wife, partner, colleague or other close relative abusing alcohol while maintaining appearances to the outside world?

Family members can help individuals struggling with alcoholism by compassionately supporting them in professional, clinical treatment programs. There are many education and support resources available for family members of alcoholics, including local mental health professionals and trusted medical professionals such as SFAD (Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs) and Drinkaware, among others.

Treatment for Functional Alcoholism

Specialised treatment for alcoholism at Castle Craig starts with a gradual, medically monitored detoxification. As soon as the patient is stabilised on their detox regime, they take part in the treatment community, attending all the therapy groups, activities and educational lectures of our inpatient programme.

How Can Castle Craig Help?

How Do I Pay For Rehab?

One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.

How Long Is the Rehab Programme?

Residential rehab treatment starts at 4 weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.

Who Will I Speak to When I Call?

When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.

Get Help Today

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

We Are Here to Help You

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.