Clay Cutts, L.C.S.W. | Articles
 

When I think of addictive behaviors, the first thing that comes to my mind is drugs.  Alcohol is a close second.  In reality…we can be addicted to just about anything that changes how we feel. “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” ~Carl Jung Dr. Jung is correct…all forms of addictive behaviors, and there are many, are bad. What Happened …

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For most people, sober living is natural. But, what about those of us who were born with that “addiction” gene? We have to learn how to live a sober life. Despite our efforts to make everything complicated, sober living is simple and can be broken down into some measurable steps. 1. Ask For Help I know it’s hard to do…it was for me anyway. I was successful in most parts …

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I didn’t get into trouble every time I drank, but every time I got into trouble I had been drinking. This revelation, which I had early in my alcohol treatment program, is one of the key reasons I call myself “alcoholic”. I was one of the lucky ones who drank alcoholically for years but never lost my job. I later realized that I had been very close to getting fired. …

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“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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I answered the phone and a man’s voice asked nervously, “My name is Joe.  Can I make an appointment to come see you?” “Why don’t you tell me a little bit about what’s going on?” I offered. Joe went on to briefly tell me about his problem with anger and how it was negatively impacting his life.  We set up an appointment for the next week.  When we met I …

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Drug Addiction Hurts Users, Kills Families! Drug addiction, in it’s most basic sense, is a dependence on a street drug or a medication. When you’re addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but find they you can’t do so …

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