Gay Men and Substance Abuse: A Basic Guide for Addicts and Those Who Care for Them

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Statistically, the gay male population has a higher rate of substance abuse issues when compared to the general public. This definitive book offers in-depth intervention and treatment information specific to the lifestyle and culture of gay men. Exploring the social and psychological factors that play into homosexual men's addictions, nationally certified treatment counselor Michael Shelton presents a timely, comprehensive look at best practices in meeting their unique needs in recovery, offering keen insight on ...

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Overview

Statistically, the gay male population has a higher rate of substance abuse issues when compared to the general public. This definitive book offers in-depth intervention and treatment information specific to the lifestyle and culture of gay men. Exploring the social and psychological factors that play into homosexual men's addictions, nationally certified treatment counselor Michael Shelton presents a timely, comprehensive look at best practices in meeting their unique needs in recovery, offering keen insight on a range of issues, including

-such common therapeutic approaches as motivational enhancement therapy and 12 Step strategies
-successful relapse prevention protocols
-tools for recovery from co-occurring sexual disorders
-a loved one's role with regard to intervention and support

Gay Men and Substance Abuse fills a tremendous void serving as a valuable resource for professionals, men in recovery, concerned partners, friends, and family members in need of solid information and guidance.

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Winner of the 2012 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award - GLBT Category

Edge Chicago

New Book, Gay Men and Substance Abuse, Launched by Hazelden

Link to article: http://www.edgechicago.com/?117688

CENTER CITY, MN - Hazelden Publishing has released Gay Men and Substance Abuse: A Basic Guide for Addicts and Those Who Care for Them - one of the first books ever published in America for gay men who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs, along with their friends and family.

Offering in-depth information on addiction and recovery that is specific to the lifestyle and culture of gay men, the 216-page paperback by treatment counselor Michael Shelton is available at bookstores nationwide beginning May 1, 2011. Shelton reveals the social and psychological factors - including shame and internalized homophobia - that play into homosexual men's addictions. The book presents a comprehensive look at best practices in meeting gay men's unique needs in recovery.

Among the topics covered in Gay Men and Substance Abuse:
· The connections between homophobia and drug abuse
· Substance abuse and romantic relationships
· Common challenges for gay men in recovery
· Successful relapse prevention protocols for gay men
· A loved one's role in regards to intervention and support
· Decoupling sexual activity from drugs and alcohol

Shelton, M.S., C.A.C., a nationally-certified treatment counselor who works with homosexual men dealing with substance abuse disorders at facilities in the Philadelphia area, is also the author of four other books, including Boy Crazy: Why Monogamy Is So Hard for Gay Men and What You Can Do About It.

In Gay Men and Substance Abuse, he highlights the unique challenges involved with substance abuse and gay men. The author explores a range of factors specific to the gay male culture that can heighten abuse of alcohol and other drugs and impact recovery, including the coming out process, feelings of shame and internalized homophobia, the prevalence of unsafe sex while under the influence, an intensified focus on body image and the club scene where poppers, GHB, Ketamine, MDMA and Meth are commonly used.

Side quote:
"Given that gay men have a higher incidence of chemical dependency than the overall public and that Hazelden Publishing is intent upon serving a diverse community, Gay Men and Substance Abuse truly fills a void for gay men."

"There have been very few books, if any, that have been written specifically on issues relating to gay men and addiction that are designed to be read by the addicts themselves- and by the people who love and care for them," says Nick Motu, publisher and vice president of Marketing and Communications at Hazelden.

The goal of Hazelden Publishing is to publish real-world resources on addiction, treatment and recovery that are accessible for all experience levels and learning styles.

Dedicated to providing products that help people recognize, understand and overcome addiction, Hazelden Publishing started in 1954, when world-renowned addiction treatment center Hazelden bought the rights to a book written by Richmond Walker. The book's format was untried - a brief meditation, followed by a daily reader and prayer. The book launched Hazelden's publishing operations by selling almost 5,000 copies in its first year. Since then, Twenty-Four Hours A Day has sold over 8 million copies in 30 countries.

"Given that gay men have a higher incidence of chemical dependency than the overall public and that Hazelden Publishing is intent upon serving a diverse community, Gay Men and Substance Abuse truly fills a void for gay men and their partners and friends who need guidance about addiction, treatment and recovery. Gay Men and Substance Abuse is a landmark book, written with compassion and deep insight by Michael Shelton."

For more information about ordering copies of Gay Men and Substance Abuse ($14.95 sugg. retail), visit the Hazelden Bookstore at www.hazelden.org/bookstore or call 800-328-9000.

Gay Men and Substance Abuse will also be available on amazon.com and at booksellers nationwide.

Library Journal
There are distinctive challenges for gay men involved with substance-abuse problems. Shelton, a nationally certified treatment counselor, explores a number of factors specific to gay culture that exacerbate the abuse of alcohol and jeopardize recovery, such as the coming-out process, intensified focus on body image, and the club scene. Shelton discusses how to find help and the role that partners and counselors can play. A particularly useful chapter is that on comprehending the meaning of life without drugs. Excellent for this niche market.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592858897
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2011
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Shelton, M.S., C.A.C., is a nationally certified treatment counselor and does clinical work with males with substance abuse and sexual disorders at four facilities in Philadelphia. He's the author of four other books, including Boy Crazy: Why Monogamy Is So Hard for Gay Men and What You Can Do About It.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

The Importance of Involving Loved Ones in Treatment 2

Helping Professionals 2

Chapter 1 A Primer on Gay Men and Substance Abuse 5

In the Beginning 5

A Disease of the Brain 7

What Is Substance Abuse? 10

What Is Addiction? 15

Chapter 2 Party and Play 19

Drugs and Sex 20

Sexual Addictions 30

Chapter 3 Shame 33

Shameless Gay Men 35

Our Shaming Society 38

Internalized Homophobia 38

Sidebar: The Connections between Homophobia and Drug Abuse 40

Forms of Shame 43

Chapter 4 The Role of Concerned Others 47

The Role of the Family 49

Sidebar: The Good News for Loved Ones 50

Abstinence 51

When Do Concerned Others Intervene? 53

Interventions 53

Sidebar: What Are the Indicators of Drug Abuse? 54

Using the Support and Guidance of Counselors 64

Supporting Motivation to Remain in Treatment 65

Chapter 5 Getting Help-The First Weeks 69

Withdrawal 71

Detox 72

Rehab 73

Sidebar: Questions to Ask Inpatient Treatment Providers 76

Medications 77

Post-acute Withdrawal Symptoms 78

Chapter 6 Getting Help-The Counselor's Role 81

The Goals of Counseling in Early Recovery 81

Sidebar: APA Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients 82

Sexuality Issues 86

The Coming-Out Process 88

People, Places, and Things 90

Sidebar: How to Short-Circuit Cravings 92

Emotions 94

Challenging One's Thinking 96

Chapter 7 Twelve Step Programs 99

The Spiritual Issue 101

The Challenges of Meetings 103

Getting Started 107

Sidebar: Signs of a Healthy Twelve Step Group 109

Finding Long-Term Success with the Steps 110

Sponsors 111

Moderation and the Twelve Steps 112

Chapter 8 Relapse 115

The Challenge of Change 115

Relapse and Substance Use 117

The Dangers of Early Recovery 126

How to Approach Relapse 128

Chapter 9 Lifelong Abstinence or Moderate Use? 131

Conflicting Goals 132

The Limits of Science 133

Ambivalence 135

Personal Responsibility 138

Chapter 10 Common Challenges for Gay Men in Recovery 143

Sexual Activity without Drugs 145

HIV and Substance Use 147

People, Places, and Things Revisited 151

Chapter 11 Partner Relationships 155

For Partners 156

The Challenges of Gay Male Relationships 157

Substance Abuse and Romantic Relationships 161

Sidebar: What Challenges Do You Recognize? 162

Al-Anon 164

Behavioral Couples Therapy 164

Chapter 12 For All Loved Ones: The Meaning of Life (without Drugs) 169

Compounded Losses 169

A Meaningful Life 171

Passing Pleasures 172

Laying the Groundwork 173

Spirituality 176

Positive Psychology 178

The Role of Sexuality in One's Life 180

Afterword 185

Resources 189

Notes 195

Bibliography 201

About the Author 207

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