Addiction in the Lgbtq Community
**Completely Updated in December/2016** Substance abuse in the LGBTQ community is a serious problem. Whether it is caused or related to genetic predisposition, socialization in bars, covering up or medicating guilt or shame induced by exposure to homophobia, or the pressures of hiding one's sexuality, (or combinations of these) the addiction rates are shockingly higher among the LGBTQ community than the heterosexual community. In larger cities there are substance abuse treatment centers that do have a special focus on the LGBTQ community. There are even "clubhouses" that are either entirely, or almost entirely focused on LGBTQ AA, NA, CMA, ALANON, etc. 12-Step Meetings. These places make for a safe recovery setting for some of this community. The problem is that not all members of the LGBTQ community have access to these "friendly" places. This book can open your eyes to the problem of substance abuse, whether you are in the LGBTQ community or know someone who is. There is no cure to this problem. There is only the awareness that substance abuse exists, and needs to be treated. There may be prevention methods or approaches available, but the person must want to be actively involved in the betterment of himself/herself. Good self-esteem, self-acceptance, and healthy emotional expression are the root of a healthy approach to life, and could interrupt the potential of substance abuse. People need to be more accepting, and homophobia must be faced and accepted for what it is, and not internalized, if the LGBTQ community is to continue to make progress in treating substance abuse. It is encouraging to see more community centers in the LGBTQ community offer various activities that have nothing to do with alcohol or drug use. It is also encouraging to see our nation be more accepting of same sex marriages, as 36 states and the District of Washington now do. Perhaps this increased acceptance of same sex marriage will eventually lead to a decrease in homophobia, and the pain it causes so many in the LGBTQ community. There are several pages of Apps, Links, and YouTube Videos listed at the end of the book for to use to continue your search for knowledge on this subject.
- Paperback | 152 pages
- 140 x 216 x 10mm | 231g
- 01 Mar 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Dr Richard L Travis
Dr. Richard Travis is a Psychotherapist who is in Private Practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In his psychotherapy practice, he has worked with general issues in the population, such as depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. He has also worked with a great many gay men and the HIV population for over twenty (25) years. His specialty in Addictions has allowed him to see how addictions have complicated and destroyed relationships, ruined people's health, and made chaos of their financial situations. He received his first Master's Degree at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Education. He received his second Master's Degree in Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He received his Doctorate in Higher Education/Counseling Psychology at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He has Specialties in Addictions, including State, National and International certifications. He has worked with several people in the healthcare industry who have been in Addiction Monitoring Programs, and currently facilitates several groups a month with professionals being monitored by state and federal agencies. Dr. Travis has taught classes with every age level of student in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, including teaching graduate Social Work classes at Florida International University in Miami. He has also published several articles on the website Ezinearticles.com. Dr. Travis married his partner of 24 years -Derrick- on November 27, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.