Dr. Amy Glaser-Carpenter interviews Samantha Perkins, the best selling author of Alive AF-One Anxious Mom’s Journey to Becoming Alcohol Free. In this interview, Samantha explains her journey from what was socially considered an acceptable and encouraged amount of drinking to living her best life alcohol free.
Samantha Perkins is the best selling author of Alive AF-One Anxious Mom’s Journey to Becoming Alcohol Free. Samantha uses her book and her blog (Alive AF) to highlight the role that alcohol plays aside from addiction. Samantha found that, although she was not clinically addicted and had no “rock bottom,” alcohol was having a big impact on her happiness, contentment, and overall anxiety. Samantha speaks openly about her journey to help others discover the role that alcohol plays in mental health, physical health, parenting, stress, and more. Samantha graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Psychology. She spent 10 years working in community mental health where she gained knowledge and skills in understanding the importance of caring for our mental health. She uses her background to write and speak about the connection between alcohol and stress, anxiety, depression, and mood.
Samantha is a TEDx speaker. She has been featured in Today’s Woman Magazine and made an appearance on Wave 3 News. Samantha has written articles for online publications such as Her View From Home and Authority Magazine. Samantha has spoken on several podcasts regarding mental health, behavioral change, and alcohol addiction. Samantha was selected to speak at the KY School for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. She has spoken at events for Mental Health Lou, LSHRM, Rainbow Blossom, Level Up Lou, and more. Samantha hosts yearly Wellness Retreats to help women align with their values.
The book Samantha mentions in this interviews is: This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life by Annie Grace.
Screening questionnaires mentioned in the interview were AUDIT and ADUIT-C and DSM-5 criteria for alcohol use disorder, as well as the CAGE criteria for alcoholism.
This video is for the purpose of education and not to substitute medical intervention for the diagnosis or treatment of risky alcohol use, alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism. If you are concerned you may have a problem with alcohol, you should contact your physician for guidance. If you have further questions for Samantha Perkins or Amy Glaser-Carpenter, you can contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Amy Glaser-Carpenter at email@example.com.