Do you have a drinking problem? Do you wonder if you need alcohol abuse treatment? That you even asked the question of yourself is a good place to start. There’s an old saw that if you wonder if you’re an alcoholic, you probably are. However, the answer is a bit less simplistic than that. Here’s…

Supposedly there are factors that can determine if someone is more likely to become addicted to drugs. People who are overworked or overstressed are much more likely to become addicted to prescription drugs. So are poverty and depression. Pain pills are so widely abused because they are cheap, readily available and produce a feeling of…

Whether they are intensive inpatient, retraining or outpatient protocols targeting substance abuse disorders, drug rehab programs have to address certain addictive personality issues like short attention span, impulsivity, and bad decision making. Remediation of cognitive deficits is just one factor of therapy. But one of the most interesting things when you look at drug rehab…

Types of Substances Abused Over the past several years, the concerns about the epidemic of HIV-related conditions have led to an increased number of studies of both gay and bisexual men and injection drug users. Although LGBT persons use and abuse alcohol and all types of drugs, certain drugs seem to be more popular in…

Consent: Rules About Obtaining Consent To Disclose Treatment Information The most frequently used exception to the regulations’ general rule prohibiting disclosure is client consent. (Parental consent must also be obtained in some States. See below.) The regulations’ requirements regarding consent are strict and somewhat unusual and must be carefully followed. Most disclosures are permissible if…

Aftercare/Recovery Aftercare and support for recovery may be a problem, depending on the geographic location and any difficulties the client may have expressed concerning acceptance of his or her sexual orientation (there may be no LGBT sensitive counselors or programs in the client’s community). Twelve-step recovery programs and philosophies are, of course, the mainstays in…

Being Male and Being Gay Cultural expectations about what it means to be male, regardless of one’s sexual orientation, add social and personal pressures. These cultural expectations—basically gender role expectations—vary by culture and ethnicity and can present quite different issues, for example, for gay men of color than for Caucasian gay men. In general, however,…

Related Health Issues Once a client begins to address his or her substance abuse problem, he or she may face a variety of additional health problems, some of which may be due to poor self-care. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in recovery have similar health concerns and face many of the same physical…

Learning about Alcohol and Drug Treatment Success In order to have alcohol and drug treatment success, you have to want to get better.  Working with the program is what makes it work out, not going through the motions or even going against what the medical professionals are telling you to do.  When you need to…

Alcohol Rehab Research is Important Before you make any big decision it is important to do your research.  Choosing an alcohol rehab center is no exception.  There are a number of facilities and programs available for alcohol addiction, which is why alcohol rehab research is necessary in order to find the center that is the…