Clay Cutts, L.M.S.W. | 2013 June

June, 2013

 

Newcomers to Alcoholics Anonymous are usually introduced to the first of the twelve steps on their very first visit to the group. Most Alcoholics Anonymous members with significant sobriety insist on the importance of beginning twelve step work as soon as possible. Alcoholics Anonymous Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. This step has two distinct parts. Unmanageability of My Drinking Life The …

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Alcoholics Anonymous prescribes 12 simple steps as the solution to the problem of alcoholism. By working these steps with a qualified sponsor, even the worst “drunk” can return to his place in society. Alcoholics Anonymous is widely considered the original twelve step program. Since the creation of AA in the 1930s, twelve step programs have been created for a huge variety of afflictions. 12 Step Programs Help People with a …

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Have you ever tried to quit drinking and had trouble doing so? Or are you one of those people who can knock back one or two beers on the weekend then not even think about alcohol for days or weeks? I was the first type and could never understand the second type, though I know many of them. Maybe you are another type of drinker. Maybe you drink fairly often, …

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The term “quit drinking cold turkey“, or more specifically “cold turkey” has it’s origin in addiction withdrawal. The phrase describes the skin’s reaction to heroin withdrawal. As an addict stops using the drug, blood is drawn toward the internal organs, thereby leaving the skin to resemble a cold, plucked turkey. Though the same physiological symptoms do not appear when we quit drinking cold turkey, some dangers should be considered. The …

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I am an alcoholic. I enjoyed drinking and only quit when the pain of drinking outweighed the pleasure of getting drunk. For many of us it is financial trouble, loss of a job, threats from a spouse, or legal trouble. The difference between guys like me and some other guys is that whenever I quit, I always started back again. My dry periods were brief and marked by a compulsive …

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I’m an alcoholic…no doubt about it. Don’t worry, my drinking days are long behind me at this point. I often say I’m sober “by the grace of God” and I mean it. God got me sober. I mean he literally removed the compulsive desire I had for alcohol. This brings up a funny question. That is…if God got me sober, did He also get me drunk in the first place? …

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My small group from church started working through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University last night. Of course I screwed up and got the wrong set of disks from the contact at church. So we had to watch an old video where he talked about budgeting. It was helpful I thought. Anyway, it all got me thinking about money and what God teaches us about it. Mostly, I’ve been thinking about …

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