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Lesbians and Gay Men
Chemical Dependency Treatment Issues

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ISBN 9781560230366
Published March 10, 1993 by Routledge
155 Pages

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Book Description

Here is a valuable contribution to the new and growing body of clinical literature concerning mental health issues for gay males and lesbians. Lesbians and Gay Men: Chemical Dependency Treatment Issues addresses in-depth, specific issues in the treatment of chemical dependency in this population. Authors discuss special problems of the gay population and describe actual clinical techniques for treating them. Readers can easily apply these techniques and strategies for treatment directly to their own work. The book is full of case studies and other helpful information, making it one that practitioners may turn to again and again.

A discussion of addiction and homophobia opens the book and creates a base for the chapters that follow, which present clinical material on topics such as:

  • the treatment of homosexual addicted clients by heterosexual therapists
  • the impact on professionals of treating HIV-infected substance abusers
  • the role of spirituality in the recovery of gay males
  • chemical dependency in gay and lesbian youth
  • lesbians from alcoholic families
  • stages of lesbian recovery from alcoholism
  • dual diagnosis of homosexual persons Other useful chapters contain information on formatting an experiential weekend workshop for recovering lesbians and gay men, and ideas for applying family therapy concepts to the treatment of these individuals.

    An extremely practical book, it increases practitioners’arsenals of skills by explaining clinical strategies that can be put into use immediately. References at the end of each chapter guide interested readers toward further learning on specific topics. Health providers, chemical dependency counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists will find Lesbians and Gay Men: Chemical Dependency Treatment Issues a book to depend on for effective treatments of both gay men and lesbians.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  •  Healing Addiction and Homophobia: Reflections on Empowerment and Liberation
  • Heterosexual Therapists Treating Homosexual Addicted Clients
  •  Substance Abuse and AIDS: Report From the Front Lines (The Impact on Professionals)
  • Spirituality in Everyday Life: Experiences of Gay Men of Alcoholics Anonymous
  •  Chemical Dependency in Gay and Lesbian Youth
  •  Double Trouble: Lesbians Emerging From Alcoholic Families
  •  Lesbian Recovering Alcoholics: A Qualitative Study of Identity Transformation--A Report on Research and Applications to Treatment
  •  Dual Diagnosis Issues With Homosexual Persons
  •  Planning an Experiential Weekend Workshop for Lesbians and Gay Males in Recovery
  •  Application of Family Therapy Concepts in the Treatment of Lesbians and Gay Men
  • Reference Notes Included

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