Clay Cutts, L.C.S.W. | Sober Living

Sober Living

 

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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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 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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Codependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. Addicted to an Addict Codependency means that someone has an unhealthy, addictive, relationship with an addict or alcoholic. That relationship is unhealthy because the relationship is often one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive. This makes sense because addicts or alcoholics in active addiction can’t engage in a two-sided, healthy relationship. We are …

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When you think of “the holidays” do you picture shiny packages, warm hugs from seldom-seen relatives and satisfying visits with cherished friends? Hopefully your holiday season is all joy, warmth and kindness. But, if Mom drinks too much or if Dad is struggling with prescription pain pills, this time of year may conjure a less pleasant image. When a loved-one is actively using drugs or abusing alcohol the holidays are …

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In my experience, sober living requires some hard work, but it is TOTALLY worth it! In the eternal words of Mr. Ozzy Osbourne, “Being sober on a bus is, like, totally different than being drunk on a bus.” Um…thanks Ozzy.  That was…profound.  Yes, being sober on a bus IS different than being drunk on a bus just as… Going to work sober is totally different than going to work drunk. …

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