Clay Cutts, L.M.S.W. | Articles
 

Money leads to power…no doubt about it.  Every powerful person or entity uses money to acquire and wield power…politicians, governments, churches, entertainers, and even Bond super-villains. The danger is that power does not naturally make you or me better people.  All power does is magnify whatever is already in our hearts.  If my spirit and soul are full of sin, deceit or hate, money will simply empower me to spew …

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When I was a kid, my father always named cars.  He had a name for his Cadillac, a name for my mother’s station wagon, a name for my grandfather’s Oldsmobile.  He named every car around. Now, no matter how hard I search the recesses of my mind I just can’t dig out the specific names.  But I do remember one thing.  The names were all female. As I thought about …

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Victory happens before the winning shot is launched into the air.  In fact, it happens way before the game ever begins. When I think of greatness I picture those emotionally charged moments that are destined for the highlight reel.  I picture Michael Jordan pulling off an impossible shot at the buzzer.  I see Peyton Manning throwing a pass through heavy coverage to convert that game-winning touchdown.  I think of Steve …

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines co-occurring disorders as the coexistence of both a mental health and substance use disorder in an individual. Nearly 7.9 million adults in the United States have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, according to the SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The rate at which co-occurring disorders occur among those with substance use disorders is extremely high. …

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Money isn’t real! Well I guess it’s real in that it’s not a figment of my imagination. But the money we carry in our wallets and have in our bank accounts is just a representation of something else. So, in that way, money is NOT real. But, boy oh boy, can we get wrapped around the axle about it. A frequently quoted statistic is that money and money related disagreements …

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Sober living is a process, not a one-time event. Yes, you might decide in one moment to get sober. But to maintain sobriety over the long-term requires learning new skills, taking a few steps forward and possibly a few steps back. They call it “the road to recovery” because on your journey of sobriety you might experience peaks and valleys, quick turns and long straight-aways, and ups and downs. In …

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Let’s face it…computer-based games are a part of our lives.  From the Mom who spends an hour per week playing Candy Crush to the high school student who would rather play World of Warcraft than eat…games are everywhere. But what is the difference between games as a harmless way to pass the time and a clinically significant problem? Here are a few questions you might want to ask about your …

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Well, maybe for an hour or so…Is it a good solution in the long run? Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. This event may involve the threat of death to oneself or to someone else, or to one’s own or someone else’s physical, sexual, or psychological integrity, overwhelming the individual’s ability to cope. …

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Codependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individuals ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship.  In a word, codependency means being addicted to another person or to a relationship. “Codependency is not about a relationship with an addict, it is the absence of relationship with self.” ~Terry Kellogg Addicted to an Addict For our purposes, codependency means someone has an unhealthy, addictive, relationship with an addict …

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