Clay Cutts, L.M.S.W. | alcoholism

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Dying for a Drink, by Anderson Spickard and Barbara Thompson   Alcoholism is a family disease. That is what any addiction treatment professional worth his salt will tell you. In their book, Dying for a Drink: What you and your family should know about Alcoholism, Anderson Spickard and Barbara Thompson show that alcoholic drinking may be more destructive to the family unit than ever believed. The Effect of Alcoholic Drinking on …

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Cracked: Life on the Edge in a Rehab Clinic, by Dr. Drew Pinsky Even today, addiction treatment is a topic commonly discussed in hushed tones. Unfair or not, being an addicted person carries a significant stigma in modern society. Alcoholism and other addictions are not considered appropriate for ‘polite’ company. How then does someone come to understand addiction? I know of two ways…live the life on an addict or live …

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