Do you have someone that you really love that has a problem with alcohol? Have you considered having an alcohol intervention to try to encourage him or her to try to stop drinking or get help? If so, you might want to consider these factors: Sometimes we think of an intervention as a sort of…

Sobriety support groups can be an essential tool for recovery if you’ve exited a rehab program and want to continue your life addiction free. These are programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Odds are, if you recently completed a rehab stay, the medical professionals will hook you up with the info you need to…

Narcotics Anonymous is it for you? Narcotics Anonymous or NA is a 12 step program that is similar to the other non-profit organization: Alcoholics Anonymous. This program is designed to help people who have a drug problem. However, not every drug addict can enter NA and have success. It takes a good level of will…

We know when we’re sad. We don’t need the dictionary definition of depression, “a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity” to explain the condition. But when it is truly an illness, not just a passing emotion, doctors do a complete physiological evaluation to determine the extent…

 Life Cycle Issues LGBT individuals face many of the same issues all people face as they progress through life. However, LGBT youth may have an especially difficult time. During adolescence, teens are under pressure to conform, and extraordinary effort and courage may be required for an LGBT teenager to “come out” to peers and family.…

Case History #2 Denise is a 16-year-old white female who entered an inpatient treatment program after being hospitalized twice: once for alcohol poisoning and once after a suicide attempt. Denise’s parents are working professionals with a comfortable income and large home in the suburbs. Denise has been living at home but does not get along…

Stage Five: Identity Pride If people move to Identity Pride, stage five in Cass’ model, they do so with an awareness of the difference between their acceptance of their own homosexuality and society’s rejection of it. There is a tendency to get angry, to split the world into gay and straight, and to respond to…

Professional Biases Versus Research Since professionals are also influenced by the dominant culture and social environment, service providers may bring their own biases to their work with bisexuals. They may be inclined to view individuals who used to have, or who continue to have, sexual relations with both men and women—transitionally, sequentially, or concurrently—as psychologically…

Information on Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs If you’re searching for information on alcohol and drug treatment programs in your area, consider talking to your heath care professional.  If you don’t have a family doctor, consider calling around to local clinics or get information from your local hospital.  Of course, if none of these options…

Information on Outpatient Drug Rehab Programs For the addicts who aren’t in serious enough jeopardy to be placed in inpatient care, or for those who have graduated from it and are now downgraded, outpatient drug rehab programs are a great choice.  You can live in your home and continue to work towards the goal of…