By Sheppard B Kominars
An anticipated 10 million addicts and alcoholics within the U.S. are gay or bisexual. in truth, the speed of substance habit rises from one in ten within the basic neighborhood to probably 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 wishes of substance abusers within the gay group. Now, during this absolutely revised and accelerated moment version which incorporates a workbook layout, Accepting Ourselves and Others examines the problem of restoration because it impacts the gay and bisexual groups of the nineties, in addition to their associates, kinfolk, and therapists. The authors handle the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside of and out of doors of conventional Twelve Step versions. additionally they supply new study at the courting of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual neighborhood, in addition to the connection to different matters reminiscent of nervousness, melancholy, sexual abuse, and studying disabilities. a distinct part constructed for therapists assists the pro in operating with homosexual consumers struggling with addictive/compulsive habit through addressing the effect matters similar to abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the present denial of the significance compulsive behaviors have in this group. The Kominars provide a street map to these within the homosexual group looking to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, delivering worthwhile assist in conserving long term restoration. This booklet 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 http://sibyllineofbooks.com/acceptingourselves.html.
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Many are no longer with us and we acknowledge our deep indebtedness to their memory. To those who remain, Kathryn would like to thank Portia Hunt, James Mallon, Stiles Seay, Cynthia Thompson, and Linda Wood. , Jerry Rehm, Kenneth L. Schmidt, and Andy Street. Both Kathryn and I are deeply grateful for all the care and patience in editing that Marvin D. Appelbaum, my friend and partner for the past ten years, spent in helping us develop this second edition. We also wish to thank Dan Odegard and Steve Lehman at Hazelden Publications for their invaluable support for this project.
Brown goes on to say, No one mode of treatment is sufficient to deal with the constantly changing complexities of the process of recovery. 4 Even though Brown's model deals specifically with recovery from alcohol dependency, it is also useful in understanding the recovery process for addictive/compulsive behavior in general. Homophobia as an Impediment to the Recovery Process When sexual minorities have significant unresolved issues about their sexual orientation, and also have a drinking problem, the issue of homophobia is very likely to emerge with unpredictable regularity.
This viewpoint, in itself, is particularly important for gays and lesbians who may not have had needs met in formative years. Without appropriate reinforcement from other sources, we have taken matters into our own hands and learned, in a culture that supports the use of substances, to use these substances to cope with problems. The Social Learning perspective fails to account for extensive research indicating that family history and heredity are important components in compulsive/addictive behavior.
Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals by Sheppard B Kominars