Clay Cutts, L.M.S.W. | alcohol abuse

alcohol abuse

 

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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“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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It’s hard to think ” teen alcoholism” when looking at a happy healthy young man or woman. It’s much easier to think about vibrant, well-adjusted student athletes with a glorious future ahead of them. The fact is that some people are born with the disease of alcoholism (or at least a predisposition for it). When one of these people starts drinking in their teens you get…well a teenage alcoholic. The …

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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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Often I’m asked about the safety and wisdom of quitting drinking cold turkey by my clients. While I fully support staying away from drugs and/or alcohol if they have become a problem for you, it’s important to understand the risks involved. Just like anything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to get sober. Get involved in the conversation by leaving your comments and questions below. …

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Terrifying new research shows alcohol abuse rampant among students and military personnel. Anyone can suffer from alcoholism. Recently, dual diagnosis treatment centers are reporting “higher than average” rates of alcohol withdrawal among college students and members of the military. Certain groups are simply expected to drink more than others. When we think of hard-partying occupations most of us can rattle off our favorites. Television and novels portray the hard working …

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