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An expected 10 million addicts and alcoholics within the U.S. are gay or bisexual. in reality, the speed of substance dependancy rises from one in ten within the basic group to probably as many as one in 3 within the homosexual group. Accepting Ourselves, first released in 1989, was once the 1st booklet to deal with the issues and wishes of substance abusers within the gay neighborhood. Now, during this totally revised and improved moment variation which incorporates a workbook layout, Accepting Ourselves and Others examines the difficulty of restoration because it impacts the gay and bisexual groups of the nineties, in addition to their associates, relations, and therapists. The authors tackle the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside and outdoors of conventional Twelve Step versions. additionally they supply new learn at the dating of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual group, in addition to the connection to different matters comparable to anxiousness, melancholy, sexual abuse, and studying disabilities. a distinct part constructed for therapists assists the pro in operating with homosexual consumers being affected by addictive/compulsive habit via addressing the impression concerns reminiscent of abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the existing denial of the significance compulsive behaviors have in this group. The Kominars provide a street map to these within the homosexual neighborhood looking out to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, offering precious assist in holding long term restoration. This publication is the 1st complete, in-depth exploration of restoration for homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans, and for counselors, therapists, clinicians, and clergy who paintings with them. Accepting Ourselves and Others is a dynamic, frank primer that will get correct on the middle of concerns that recuperating homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans face. The authors supply extra in-depth information regarding the e-book at

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Other inpatient treatment programs are "freestanding" in the community, with varying degrees of medical intervention available. These facilities usually admit individuals who do not require medically supervised detoxification, or those who have received such services elsewhere. Beyond these major distinctions there is little substantive difference in inpatient treatment programs. Although many programs will say they use a multi-modal or biopsychosocial treatment approach, in the United States almost all chemical dependency inpatient treatment programs are based on a combination of the Medical and Spiritual models, with a treatment goal of complete abstinence.

Choosing a Treatment Program Inpatient programs designed to meet the needs of sexual minorities provide several benefits. In these treatment programs, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals can talk more openly and comfortably about sexual orientation issues. They can meet others who have been through the same experiences, and they do not have to come out to a group of presumed heterosexuals in order to address issues related Page 12 to sexual orientation and addictive/compulsive behavior. In such a treatment program, individuals will not have to listen to homophobic comments or jokes or encounter other manifestations of homophobia.

With this new publication, we Page 4 are looking forward to receiving comments from everyone who wishes to write to us. We know that your comments will be invaluable for future editions. Please let us hear from you either through our publisher or on the Website we have created for this purpose. html. Page 5 PART I UNDERSTANDING AND NAVIGATING THE ISSUES Page 7 Chapter 1 Alternative Models of Addiction Many different approaches are used to explain the causes and treatment of addictive/compulsive behavior.

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