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Updated: February 3, 2022

Who Is Vulnerable to Substance Use Disorder?

Scott H. Silverman is dedicated to helping those in crisis around the world. In December, he joined the Brothers N Others podcast, which operates out of Australia, to discuss addiction and its effect on families. Remember, even if you live outside of San Diego, Scott will help you connect with resources in your area. The important thing is that you reach out for help—wherever you are.
Just because you’re functioning, it doesn’t mean you’re okay.

Scott spoke about his early life during the podcast, and it was surprisingly normal. He was one of four children, his parents owned a business, and he had a stable home life. While people who have traumatic childhoods may be more prone to addiction, everyone is vulnerable to substance use disorder.

Some research suggests 20% of alcoholics are high-functioning addicts. High-functioning addicts fly under the radar. They have a job, engage in relationships, and don’t fit the stigma-induced image that many people conjure up when they think of an addict. This description of a high-functioning addict describes Scott Silverman to a T.

People From “Good” Backgrounds Fall Prey Addiction

So how do people from “good” backgrounds, who have it all, fall prey to drug and alcohol addiction?

In Scott’s case, he got into some disciplinary trouble at school, and he wasn’t the best student. He felt like the world was against him, and he began self-medicating to escape his feelings. At his lowest, he was taking everything he could get his hands on.

Still, he managed to hold down a job, make friends, and even get married.

His story isn’t unique. CNN did a great exposé on the secret lives of functioning heroin addicts:

  • A man from the corporate world experimented with his mother’s pain pills and got hooked at 15. Despite the fact he’s lost loved ones to addiction, he keeps using.
  • One woman moved from self-harm to heroin to escape the stress of fighting parents. She’s married, a store manager, and still using.
  • Another gentleman began using drugs to self-medicate for anxiety and depression. He’s open about his marijuana and prescription drug use but hides his heroin use. He has a successful career as a consultant. He’s convinced himself that he is not addicted but “dependent.”

Denial Is Common Amongst Addicts From All Walks Of Life

Anyone anywhere is vulnerable to substance use disorder.

Scott knows this better than most. It’s why he’s dedicated his life to helping addicts get on the road to recovery. He does this through his writing, his work as a crisis coach, and programs like Confidential Recovery.

To get sober, he left the family business and ditched his old friends. He’s one of few who has managed to hold onto his marriage. You may have to change a lot about your life to achieve sobriety, that’s okay—they don’t call it “turning your life around” for nothing. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Unsure where to start?

That’s where Scott comes in. He can help you get on the road to recovery. You aren’t alone. You can survive this. You just need some help.
Reach out to your crisis coach, Scott Silverman, at (619) 452–1200 and start your recovery journey today.

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