By Sheppard B Kominars
An anticipated 10 million addicts and alcoholics within the U.S. are gay or bisexual. actually, the speed of substance habit rises from one in ten within the common neighborhood to might be as many as one in 3 within the homosexual group. Accepting Ourselves, first released in 1989, used to be the 1st e-book to deal with the issues and wishes of substance abusers within the gay group. Now, during this totally revised and accelerated moment variation which incorporates a workbook layout, Accepting Ourselves and Others examines the problem of restoration because it impacts the gay and bisexual groups of the nineties, in addition to their pals, relatives, and therapists. The authors handle the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside and out of doors of conventional Twelve Step versions. in addition they supply new examine at the dating of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual neighborhood, in addition to the connection to different matters reminiscent of nervousness, melancholy, sexual abuse, and studying disabilities. a unique part constructed for therapists assists the pro in operating with homosexual consumers struggling with addictive/compulsive habit through addressing the effect matters similar to abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the existing denial of the value compulsive behaviors have in this group. The Kominars provide a highway map to these within the homosexual group looking out to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, offering priceless assist in keeping long term restoration. This booklet is the 1st complete, in-depth exploration of restoration for homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans, and for counselors, therapists, clinicians, and clergy who paintings with them. Accepting Ourselves and Others is a dynamic, frank primer that will get correct on the center of matters that recuperating homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans face. The authors supply extra in-depth information regarding the e-book at http://sibyllineofbooks.com/acceptingourselves.html.
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Extra info for Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals
One of the things that has been in the foreground of my mind while writing this book is to provide a wide array of information about the many varieties of help available. With this overview of what is available, I hope that you will be encouraged to explore the helping approach that seems inviting to you at this time. Help that works for you at one point in your life may not help at some other point in time. That does not mean that help is not there. It means that you must seek help from a different source.
Because most people come from cultures and organized religions (the Judeo-Christian tradition) in which God is a male figure, issues of patriarchy and male chauvinism can become a dominating force in this modality. Many sexual minorities, regardless of gender, have difficulty thinking about any male spiritual figure as a benevolent entity that would interact in a positive manner to help them. They may have already suffered the effects of spiritual abuse from religion's staunchest proponents, having been condemned for who they are.
Even though it may seem that problems are similar, the place we come to is never really the same as the first time we reached it. New and different dimensions present themselves, and we can remember things about ourselves in a new way. With this perspective, working the Twelve Steps of AA can be very useful over time rather than as fixed and static exercises that grow less and less meaningful for our lives. The circle, the spiral, of our experience in recovery is always opening beyond our original encounter with it.
Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals by Sheppard B Kominars