If you feel like you’ve been drinking too much and need help, an alcohol treatment center might be the best answer for you. You don’t have to go it alone. There are professionals trained to help you kick the addiction and live a sober life. When you check into an alcohol treatment center, you’ll be…


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…


Substance abuse rehab is a place you can go when your drug addiction has gotten the best of you. When you’ve hit rock bottom, you need to know that you need medical help to get through this. Rehab will help you get the drug out of your system and begin a new, non-dependant life…free of…


One of the biggest addictions in the United States is the abuse of opiates and opioids. Oxycontin is one of these widely abused drugs. The addictions run in people of all ages, and as of recently, the drug has been very popular for high school aged children. The problem with Oxycontin detoxification is that it…


The problem with drug alcohol rehabilitation is that you’re dealing with addicts. Addicts are not like normal people. You can compare them to the ground. If the ground is flat, nothing slides down it. You can rest pretty much anything on that flat surface, and the things’ behavior is inert. It just sits there, doing…


How Heterosexism Contributes to Substance Abuse When treating LGBT clients, it is helpful for providers to understand the effect of heterosexism on their LGBT clients. The role of heterosexism in the etiology of substance abuse is unclear. Heterosexism instills shame in LGBT individuals, causing them to internalize the homophobia that is directed toward them by…


Do LGBT Individuals in Substance Abuse Treatment Have Any Legal Protections? Yes, in areas unrelated to sexual orientation, they do. The Federal Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. §791 et seq. (1973)) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq. (1992)) prohibit discrimination against individuals with “disabilities,” a group defined as including individuals…


Stage Three: Identity Tolerance In stage three, Identity Tolerance, people begin to have a greater level of commitment to a new identity (“I probably am gay/lesbian.”). These feelings increase the sense of alienation and isolation. In response, people seek out gay and lesbian individuals and try to connect with the gay community and culture. If…


HIV/AIDS: Loss and Grief HIV/AIDS continues to be a major factor in gay male life. Though not a “gay disease,” HIV/AIDS has long been associated with gay men. Behaviors—risky sex or sharing needles, for example—are the risk factors, not the orientation. Still, gay men are at greater risk, since so many gay men are HIV-infected,…


Assessment Substance abuse in the LGBT community has been exacerbated by internalized homophobia (Ghindia & Kola, 1996) so that many LGBT individuals feel isolated and victimized. The isolation may be intensified further by mistrust of treatment providers and a lack of civil rights protection. Seeking professional or legal help for interpersonal violence is equivalent to…