Substance Use and Abuse in the LGBT Community In a discussion of the epidemiology of substance use and abuse among LGBT individuals, the following two questions are of interest to providers: • What is the epidemiology of substance use and abuse among LGBT individuals? • Do LGBT individuals use or abuse more substances than heterosexuals…


One of the most common substance abuse problems in the US right now is alcohol addiction. Rehabilitation programs are a great way to kick that addiction and get on with better living. Alcohol addiction rehabilitation is not as complex as you might think and successful programs abound to help you help yourself. There are several…


Residential alcohol rehab is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an alcohol rehab treatment facility that you reside at during your course of treatment. These can be as beautiful as an island resort, or as typical as a standard clinical or hospital setting. Regardless, you’re participating in residential treatment for alcohol because your addiction is…


Free Drug Rehab Options There are many programs out there that offer free drug rehab counseling and assessment. Drug rehab is a complex process in which the individual’s history must be considered in order to develop the most promising treatment. The initial rehab counseling is a key part of that process. Innovative or traditional, the…


Drug programs should probably be called anti-drug programs, because that is what they are. Drug programs are intervention type protocols which are structured and implemented in order to break the cycle of use and addiction. It is hardly surprising that programs which are structured, designed and targeted to a particular type of patient tend to…


Asian/Pacific Islanders Asian/Pacific Islanders consist of more than 60 culturally distinct groups, practice several types of religion, and speak more than 100 languages and dialects. Their degree of acculturation and assimilation varies. The Asian/Pacific Islander cultures have few characteristics in common. For some Asian/Pacific Islander groups, “the traditional Asian/Pacific Islander approach to health and illness…


Degrees of LGBT Sensitivity In addition to addressing issues of accessibility, it is important for program administrators and staff to create a supportive environment for LGBT individuals. The impact on the client of anti- GBT bias and internalized homophobia should be considered when developing the treatment plans of LGBT people with substance abuse problems. Few…


Clinical Issues With Youth Adolescence is a time of significant physical and psychosocial development. As adolescents develop, they rely increasingly on peers for information and support. They must also learn how to deal with boundaries and begin to integrate various aspects of their identity. Experimentation, exploration, and risk taking characterize adolescence, and many adolescents explore…


The following points are often overlooked in the promotional activities of mainstream substance abuse treatment organizations. Note that messages that reach LGBT individuals through mainstream media can be especially powerful. • Advertise programs and events in LGBT periodicals as well as in the mainstream press and those publications that are geared to particular cultural communities.…


Concerns About Managed Care Organizations As managed care increasingly dominates both private and public sector mental health and substance abuse treatment services, serious concerns have been expressed by key stakeholders about whether managed care financing, if not properly administered, might in fact cause greater disparities than the fee-forservice system in meeting the critical needs of…