Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from by Sheppard B Kominars

By Sheppard B Kominars

An predicted 10 million addicts and alcoholics within the U.S. are gay or bisexual. in truth, the speed of substance dependancy rises from one in ten within the common group to maybe as many as one in 3 within the homosexual group. Accepting Ourselves, first released in 1989, used to be the 1st ebook to deal with the issues and wishes of substance abusers within the gay neighborhood. Now, during this totally revised and improved moment variation which incorporates a workbook structure, Accepting Ourselves and Others examines the problem of restoration because it impacts the gay and bisexual groups of the nineties, in addition to their buddies, relations, and therapists. The authors deal with the connection among substance abuse and being a sexual minority either inside and outdoors of conventional Twelve Step types. in addition they supply new examine at the courting of HIV and AIDS to substance abuse within the homosexual neighborhood, in addition to the connection to different matters equivalent to anxiousness, melancholy, sexual abuse, and studying disabilities. a different part constructed for therapists assists the pro in operating with homosexual consumers being affected by addictive/compulsive habit by way of addressing the impression concerns similar to abstinence, relapse, homophobia, and the existing denial of the importance compulsive behaviors have in this group. The Kominars supply a street map to these within the homosexual group looking out to appreciate themselves and their addictive/compulsive habit, supplying necessary assist in holding long term restoration. This ebook 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 middle of concerns that improving homosexual, lesbian, and bisexual humans face. The authors provide extra in-depth information regarding the ebook at

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People can reach different stages of addiction at different times. Dependency advances in stages and plateaus. Part of being human is having plateaus. When things are on an even keel, when no crises rock the boat, individuals may become dissatisfied because they want more excitement. Or, perhaps, they Page 18 find themselves in a regrouping phase: they may be consolidating the benefits of what they've already learned. Advancing to the next level of severity is never inevitable. Crises usually present challenges that offer a variety of responses; individuals may progress through more intense stages or retreat into more balanced behavior.

Individuals have their own unique recovery process through these stages, as well as their own unique interactions of the three components. Therapy needs to take into account this complex interplay in each individual. The actual movement through the four stages passes from an individual's belief in control over using alcohol, acceptance of the fact of losing control over alcohol, conversion to abstinence because of the acceptance of the loss of control, emergence of new attitudes and values based on this conversion, and the integration of the individual's needs with external demands resulting in an entirely new way of dealing with life.

There may be times between binges when they are drinking only socially; and then, suddenly, they binge. " Another classification system is Jellinek's (1960) alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon typology. Jellinek asserted that there are five species of alcoholism, and he labeled them with Greek letters. The five species are as follows (Heather & Robertson 1983, 11): Alpha alcoholism is said to represent a purely psychological and continual dependence or reliance upon the effect of alcohol to relieve bodily or emotional pain.

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