Addiction and Recovery in Gay and Lesbian Persons

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Psychology Press, 1995 - Psychology - 118 pages
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This book provides chemical dependency clinicians a sampling of the work being done in the fields of gay and lesbian chemical dependency to enable clinicians to provide better care for their gay and lesbian clients.

After an overview of 7 research studies which examine the incidence of alcoholism and/or chemical dependency in gay and lesbian persons, the contributing authors explore the special concerns of recovering gay and lesbian addicts.

Chapters focus not only on issues in the fields of gay and lesbian chemical dependency but how clinicians can use this knowledge to better care for their gay and lesbian clients.

Readers will find new information on:
  • working with HIV positive persons
  • homophobia as a critical root in chemically dependent gays and lesbians
  • positive changes for dysfunctional relationships common with gays and lesbians
  • spirituality in gay and lesbian communities
  • the special needs of the rural gay/lesbian client
  • gay men's groups in AA
  • a retrospective of NALGAP
  • resources and referrals for chemically dependent gay and lesbian persons

    Addiction and Recovery in Gay and Lesbian Persons assists social workers and other helping professionals working with chemically dependent clients learn more about how to adequately treat them. Gay and lesbian persons recovering from a chemical addiction will also find this book enlightening.

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An excellent reference book for anyone who is involved with addictions counseling. Especially insightful and revealing book about the gay addictive culture. This is a must read for anyone providing any kind of addictions counseling to the gay community whether the care giver is gay or not.


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Page 106 - Kus, RJ (1989). Bibliotherapy and gay American men of Alcoholics Anonymous. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, 1(2), 73-86.
Page 106 - The Way Back: The Stories of Gay and Lesbian Alcoholics. Washington, DC: Whitman- Walker Clinic, 1982. Kus, Robert J. RN, PhD. "Alcoholism and Non-Acceptance of Gay Self: The Critical link." Journal of Homosexuality, vol. 15, nos. 1-2, 1988, pp. 25-41. Lohrenz, L., J. Donnelly, L. Coyne, and K. Spare. "Alcohol Problems in Several Midwestern Homosexual Communities.

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