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

By Sheppard B Kominars

An anticipated 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 common neighborhood to might be as many as one in 3 within the homosexual group. Accepting Ourselves, first released in 1989, used to be the 1st booklet to handle the issues and desires of substance abusers within the gay group. Now, during this absolutely revised and elevated moment version 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, kinfolk, and therapists. The authors tackle the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside of and outdoors of conventional Twelve Step types. in addition they supply new examine at the dating of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual neighborhood, in addition to the connection to different concerns comparable to anxiousness, melancholy, sexual abuse, and studying disabilities. a different part built for therapists assists the pro in operating with homosexual consumers being affected by addictive/compulsive habit through addressing the influence matters equivalent to abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the present denial of the importance compulsive behaviors have in this group. The Kominars provide a highway map to these within the homosexual neighborhood looking to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, supplying helpful assist in protecting 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 convalescing homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans face. The authors provide extra in-depth information regarding the publication at

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There are several different theories on the causes of addiction. Some theories focus on the physiological properties of addictive substances, others on personality traits that promote addiction, and still others on newly acquired motivations after exposure to drugs. No single theory has been sufficient to account for all of the observations; it is very likely that different theories may not be applicable to different aspects of addictive behavior. In other words, one theory may not explain why everyone may develop an addictive disorder (Willerman & Cohen 1990, 511).

A variety of inpatient treatment programs are offered around the country. These programs vary in intensity and duration. The recent emphasis on having people receive the least-restrictive treatment possible and on making treatment as cost-effective as possible has diminished considerably the number of people going for inpatient treatment, as well as the length of hospital stays. Essentially, inpatient treatment is currently reserved for those who are most severely impaired and who have the greatest need to be in a controlled environment.

Getting help is not as difficult as being open to receiving that help when it arrives in a different form than expected. It is essential to be open to the many types of help available. One of the things that has been in the foreground of my mind while writing this book is to provide a wide array of information about the many varieties of help available. With this overview of what is available, I hope that you will be encouraged to explore the helping approach that seems inviting to you at this time.

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