Sheppard B Kominars's Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from PDF

By Sheppard B Kominars

An expected 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 basic neighborhood to might be as many as one in 3 within the homosexual group. Accepting Ourselves, first released in 1989, was once the 1st e-book to handle the issues and wishes of substance abusers within the gay group. Now, during this absolutely revised and multiplied 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, relations, and therapists. The authors handle the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside and outdoors of conventional Twelve Step types. in addition they supply new study at the dating of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual group, in addition to the connection to different matters equivalent to nervousness, 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 comparable to abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the present denial of the importance compulsive behaviors have in this group. The Kominars supply a street map to these within the homosexual group looking to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, supplying priceless assist in preserving 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 center of concerns that recuperating homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans face. The authors supply extra in-depth information regarding the publication at

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Html. Page 5 PART I UNDERSTANDING AND NAVIGATING THE ISSUES Page 7 Chapter 1 Alternative Models of Addiction Many different approaches are used to explain the causes and treatment of addictive/compulsive behavior. A brief overview of four representative models developed over the years will help us to understand the issues this book will explore. Both the models and their implications complicate the problems of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in recovery. The Moral Model considers individuals with addictive/compulsive behavior to be weak and morally deficient.

Some people are able to reduce the incidence of migraine by using specific drugs; without these drugs, their lives are unbearable. Under these circumstances, it is inappropriate to endanger the well-being of the individual because of the perceived rule against taking any mood-altering, mind-altering substances. Taking the drug does not get the sufferer high; it takes the migraine away. Intervention, for migraine, is essential to stop the onslaught of the attack. Without the intervention, the migraine runs rampant.

The Moral Model considers individuals with addictive/compulsive behavior to be weak and morally deficient. , a return to obsessive/compulsive behavior) occurs, it is the result of moral deficiency. The second model, the Medical Model, widely endorsed by treatment programs around the country, sees addiction as being caused by an underlying disease from which individuals can recover with medical intervention. In this approach, physicians and other trained individuals assist individuals in their recovery.

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