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The High-Functioning Alcoholic

Understanding this Hidden Class of Alcoholics from a Professional and Personal View

by Sarah Allen Benton, M.S., L.M.H.C.

Parenting High-Functioning Teens Around Drinking and Drugs

Interview with Addiction Specialist Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen

Published on November 19, 2014 by Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC in The High-Functioning Alcoholic

Elizabeth Driscoll Jorgensen

"Many parents have questions and concerns about their teenager’s alcohol and drug usage, including how best to set limits and rules within the household.  These issues may become concealed and more complicated when these individuals are high-functioning—in that they are performing well in school, are engaged in extra-curricular activities, socialize with friends and appear healthy.  Adolescence is also a time period of experimentation and identity formation as well as “rebellion”.  Therefore, it can be challenging to find a balance between creating realistic rules, encouraging honesty and finding humor and joy in parenting teenagers."

"When parents are attempting to influence their ‘high-functioning’ teens, hard facts need to be repeated over and over again. All teens assume they are ‘smarter’ than adults (in some ways) and they are very skeptical about data they don’t want to believe.  I tell parents to keep it ‘short and sweet’ and challenge teens to look up the facts themselves and come back with a factual argument."

Read much more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-high-functioning-alcoholic/201411/parenting-high-functioning-teens-around-drinking-and-drug


Teens take drugs for two main reasons:
1. Their friends do it.
2. Escape feelings of helplessness and consequent lack of control.

The second reason can lead to addiction. Addiction, no matter what the age, always serves and emotional purpose.

When circumstances in life cause us to to feel helpless, trapped and out of control, one displaced option is to attempt to regain control, escape the trap, with the mood changer or quick fix of chemical abuse.
Instead of choosing a displaced behavior to escape, we can choose a direct health behavior in order to regain control over our hurts, habits and hangups. Scripture is replete with direct healthy behavior that is ours for the taking, based on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and understanding and following His biblical values and principles. When our values trump the reward we get from chemical abuse, we are motivated to change, the errant displaced behavior is terminated. This is the marriage of science and scripture.  "Don't be conformed to this world, but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12.2

I find meaning when there is difficulty, and find inspiration from existential concepts such as Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor, author and Psychiatrist who said,  “suffering ceases to be suffering the moment that it finds meaning”. Paul knew this when he, "Intelligently Delegated," control to God, when he "Surrendered," his life to God. "My grace is sufficient for you, for there is power in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Christ Driven Behavior is healthy direct behavior that gives us control over helpless feelings. This is the synergy of science and scripture.
Change your thinking and change your life.

"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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