Clay Cutts, L.C.S.W. | 2016 April

April, 2016

 

“How many of those are you going to drink?” she asked me as I got yet another beer out of the refrigerator. “I don’t know. As many as it takes I guess.” Before I found a good alcohol treatment program, alcohol was a central part of my life. I drank most days and got drunk almost every time I drank. All of my friends drank like me so nothing seemed …

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How much time does a non-alcoholic spend thinking about alcohol? Not as much as a problem drinker, that’s for sure. By the time most enter an alcohol treatment program for their drinking problem they are consumed by thoughts of alcohol. They may be proud of themselves because they didn’t drink during the workday. Part of the reason for the lack of drinking was likely related to having a major hang over during the first few …

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“I’m not an alcoholic because of how much I drank…I’m an alcoholic because of what alcohol did to me.” This old saying clearly described me and my drinking. I knew plenty of people who drank as much as me and a few who drank more. But, there was something different about my drinking…something more intense. Let’s be clear. I definitely drank much more than anyone would consider healthy. That is …

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Not every drinker needs alcohol treatment. In fact, the majority of people who use alcohol do so in moderation and in a healthy manner. Even fairly heavy drinkers may not necessarily need treatment. But, a certain percentage of the population struggles with alcohol and needs to seek help to deal with the problem.   Which brings us to the BIG question… How can you tell if you are one of …

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