Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Recovering from substance abuse: Support groups for gay and lesbian adults: A grant proposal
by Fierro, Michelle, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 57; 1466097
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to locate a potential funding source and write a grant to develop and implement support groups for gay and lesbian adults who are recovering from substance abuse. Due to the lack of substance abuse support groups specific to this population, it is critical to create a safe environment where their unique needs can be addressed.

An extensive literature review revealed a need for support groups for gay and lesbian adults. The literature review also identified general stressors within this community, which often leads to substance abuse. The California Endowment was chosen as a potential funder for the proposed program.

The proposed support groups were designed utilizing several techniques from various therapeutic models, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and solution-focused brief therapy. The objectives are to enable group members to feel safe, increase self-awareness about the risks of abusing substances, learn several techniques about the recovery process, build a support network, and learn how to maintain successful recovery after the completion of the group.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn K.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Gender studies
Publication Number: 1466097
ISBN: 9781109163810
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