Have you been drinking so long that you wonder if alcohol addiction recovery is even possible? Have you forgotten what life was like back when you didn’t plan it around the next drink? Yes, not only is alcohol addiction recovery possible, but there are programs out there that really do work and can help. Yes,…

If you’re an alcoholic and seeking treatment, you may not want the world to know what you’re doing. While you shouldn’t be ashamed that you’re seeking help, you may just want to keep it to yourself, and there is nothing wrong with that. With private alcohol rehab facilities located all over the US, you can…

Before you can talk about drug rehabilitation, you have to consider what addiction is. According to the dictionary, addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing or activity. This of course forces the dictionary reader to look up “addict” which is defined as a person who is addicted to…

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol abuse or addiction, finding an alcohol rehab treatment center is one of the first steps towards sobriety.  When it becomes apparent that alcohol treatment program is required, it is important to take immediate action. How can you find the right treatment that will increase the…

Protecting the Confidentiality of LGBT Individuals in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs Confidentiality Requirements Concerned about the adverse effects stigma and discrimination have on clients in recovery and how stigma and discrimination might deter people from entering treatment, Congress passed legislation (42 U.S.C. §290dd-2) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a set…

Discharge planning Specific concerns related to the discharge planning process for LGBT clients may include an enhanced analysis of their social support, their living arrangement/environment, their employment status or type of employment, and ongoing issues that clients have identified related to their sexual orientation/identity. Social support involves the amount of support available to clients, which…

Clinical Issues With Gay Male Clients Many factors may contribute to the prominent role of substance use and abuse in gay men. At one point, American psychoanalysts even postulated that homosexuality itself caused alcoholism. We know now, of course, that homosexuality, repressed or not, does not “cause” alcoholism, because alcoholism and substance abuse are the…

Abuse and Homelessness In the National Lesbian Health Care Survey, lesbians who had been sexually abused, sexually assaulted, or victimized reported significantly more depression and alcohol abuse than lesbians who did not report these experiences (Descamps et al., submitted for publication). Other studies show victims of child sexual abuse are at increased risk for substance…

Answers to Alcohol and Drug Treatment Questions If you have an addiction to alcohol or drugs and you’re ready to quit, you may have a ton of alcohol and drug treatment questions you need answered.  Fortunately, most rehab facilities have people on hand who are waiting to help you and want to answer each and…

How to Overcome Eating Disorders Once you or someone you care for is involved in an eating disorder, time is ticking away.  Their lives are at stake, just like if they were addicted to heroin.  Their bodies are going to slowly break down from the daily abuse of food.  They will die if help isn’t…