Perhaps the most important thing a counselor needs to bear in mind when working with lesbian clients is that there is no one lesbian client—that there is tremendous diversity among lesbians. As women, lesbians share the diversity inherent in womanhood; they also share the experience of dealing with sexism. The range of their experiences, perspectives,…


It has become commonplace for people who are overweight to attribute their waistline to their DNA. Now, celebrities caught snorting cocaine might also be able to blame their parents. Scientists reported yesterday the discovery of a gene that increases the chances of becoming hooked on the drug. Addicts were 25% more likely to carry the…


ADHD may not be noticed by parents or another family members, or it may go unnoticed until the child runs into problems at school. Because school is very structured and task-oriented, ADHD is more apparent than anywhere else. Due to these circumstances, it is often a teacher who first notices ADHD in a child. Teachers…


 Addiction recovery can be a long, hard battle for both the person fighting the disease and their loved ones. In fact, the first step in the journey toward recovery is often initiated by the addict’s loved ones in the form of an intervention. If successfully orchestrated, the intervention will lead to the addict receiving the…


FDA has warned “regular users should stop using the unauthorized GHB or gamma hydroxybutyric acid drug sold in the market”. Use of GHB, also called sodium oxybate or gamma hydroxybutyrate sodium, apparently caused more than 30 people in California, Florida, and Georgia to become ill with symptoms ranging from nausea and vomiting to severe respiratory…


If you’re not familiar with a program called “Alanon” and you are living with someone suffering from an addiction to alcohol, then this article may be important for you to read. Alanon is a non-profit international organization that utilizes a 12 step program similar to the one made famous by AA. This is a program…


Are you an alcoholic but don’t want the world to know about your addiction? It’s OK. Many people who are in treatment are willing to share that they suffer from an alcohol addiction with whoever asks the question. That doesn’t mean you have to. If you prefer to keep your addiction on the down low,…


Alcohol rehab may be the last resort to someone who is losing the fight with addiction. It is a disease, and the help of medical professionals available at these alcohol detox clinics are able to get you on the path to recovery. Alcohol rehab is simply a place to go when you don’t know another…


One of the biggest steps in dealing with alcoholism is detox. It is often a process that’s feared because we hear so much about the negative symptoms. Detox, or detoxification is almost exactly what it sounds like. Any mood-altering substance such as alcohol is essentially a poison, therefore toxic. You need to go through alcoholic…


 Introduction For substance abuse treatment providers to deliver skilled care to lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender (LGBT) clients, they need to be aware of issues specific to the LGBT community. This chapter presents an overview of the use and abuse of substances in the LGBT community and a brief introduction to the concepts of gender…