Clay Cutts, L.C.S.W. | Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol Treatment

 

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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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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So many addicts keep using drugs and/or alcohol long after they know they need to stop.  In my practice I always ask why they waited so long.  Repeatedly I get some version of…”I just didn’t know how to ask for help”. If you are struggling with addiction, I want to give you permission to bring your most powerful recover tool to bear…asking for help.  You will be amazed at …

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Alcohol addiction is THE ONLY problem that sufferers have to be convinced that they have before treatment can begin. Many alcoholic women and men stop drinking only after enduring SIGNIFICANT suffering. Countless times I asked myself “how can I stop drinking?” because I knew that I had a problem. This is crazy because even after I understood the effects of alcohol on the body, stopping drinking was nearly impossible. Alcohol …

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  Finding true alcohol addiction recovery means that I have to fundamentally change how I think and act. <i>Every time I take a sober breath, I’m like a fish out of water.</i> ~Anonymous All else being equal, I would drink! My natural inclinations are to drink, avoid responsibility, treat people badly, lie, cheat and steal. I naturally live a life that looks like an advertisement for the seven deadly sins. …

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