Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from by Sheppard B Kominars

By Sheppard B Kominars

An expected 10 million addicts and alcoholics within the U.S. are gay or bisexual. in truth, the speed of substance dependancy rises from one in ten within the basic group to might be as many as one in 3 within the homosexual neighborhood. Accepting Ourselves, first released in 1989, used to be the 1st booklet to deal with the issues and desires of substance abusers within the gay group. 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 buddies, family members, and therapists. The authors tackle the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside of and out of doors of conventional Twelve Step types. additionally they provide new examine at the courting of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual group, in addition to the connection to different matters comparable to nervousness, melancholy, sexual abuse, and studying disabilities. a different part built for therapists assists the pro in operating with homosexual consumers struggling with addictive/compulsive habit by means of addressing the effect concerns equivalent to abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the present denial of the significance compulsive behaviors have in this neighborhood. The Kominars supply a street map to these within the homosexual group looking to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, supplying important assist in retaining long term restoration. This e-book 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 convalescing homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans face. The authors provide extra in-depth information regarding the booklet at http://sibyllineofbooks.com/acceptingourselves.html.

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In their forties, gays and lesbians face additional issues that arise at the time when children are being sent off to college, or, when caring for elderly, infirm parents. Sexual minorities may start thinking about what their future may be like alone without a child to look after them. All these issues must be seen through layers of homophobia and heterosexism. Over and over, sexual minorities are presented with challenges that require them to struggle with the sense of not being good enough, of not being as good as, or of having lost out in life because of their sexual orientation.

Another concern is that down the road, information will be revealed to someone who has no reason or right to know. Unless there is anonymity, there is risk that the record can be accessed. Intensive outpatient treatment, as an alternative to inpatient programs, often spreads treatment out so that it doesn't interfere with a client's livelihood or remove a client from social supports. Clients can get treatment while in the midst of life, and receive the needed support to make the necessary changes.

The need for an external male power to "fix" oneself seems like more male chauvinism, just in a different form. The past several hundred years of spiritual abuse of gays and lesbians and bisexuals can leave them with doubt that they can experience much comfort or confidence in a spiritual-treatment approach. Social Learning Model According to the Social Learning, or Biopsychosocial, Model, people learn from and are conditioned by their environment to respond to problems by drinking or by using other substances to take away pain, or to get needs met.

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