Multiple Identities, Multiple Challenges

Michael Shelton
Forward by Dana G. Finnegan and Emily B. McNally

352 pages
Paperback, $45.00 ISBN: 9781939594112
Hardcover, $85.00 ISBN: 9781939594129
E-book, $41.99 ISBN: 9781939594136

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“Finnegan and McNally established a gold standard with the release of their book Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Substance Abusers: Dual Identities, which has been used by counselors treating LGBT substance abusers for more than three decades. Now with the release of the official successor edition from Harrington Park Press, Fundamentals of LGBT Substance Use Disorders: Multiple Populations, Multiple Challenges, the standard is being raised for all current and future addiction professionals. As a clinician, author Michael Shelton is deeply aware of the need to utilize current research, evidence-informed practices, and culturally fluid approaches. Combining this knowledge with his skills as a writer, he expertly disseminates this material to the reader. Substance use in the LGBT communities continues to be a significant health issue. We know treatment works, and we now have another resource to assist in meeting the challenge.”
Philip T. McCabe, president of NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies), Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies

“An excellent and thorough update on best and evidence based practices in addressing substance use in LGBT populations… The depth and breadth are impressive. Cogently addresses minority stress and trauma, which are key to understanding and effectively treating problematic substance use in sexual minorities.”
Barbara Warren, director for LGBT Programs and Policies, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System

“With Fundamentals of LGBT Substance Use Disorders, Michael Shelton presents a well-researched overview of substance abuse among sexual minorities. Throughout, Shelton combats the stereotypes that have plagued the LGBT community for far too long, looking at the reasons sexual minorities drink and use, and talking in detail about LBGT-specific issues related to substance addiction and how those issues should be addressed in treatment. This book is recommended reading for all therapists who treat LGBT clients with substance use disorders.”
Robert Weiss, author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men

“This is a welcome book updating [its predecessor] Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Substance Abusers: Dual Identities by Finnegan and McNally. Michael Shelton takes a comprehensive look at past and current research on these populations. It is a well-needed addition to the scanty body of literature available on this topic. The author has brought this topic into the 21st century with intellectual integrity. He points to the need for more definitive comprehensive research to be done on this heterogeneous population. Of special note was his discussion of the complexities of effectively dealing with patients with co-occurring issues.”
Mel Pohl, M.D. Medical Director, Las Vegas Recovery Center & former Chief of Clinical Services, Pride Institute