Chapter Four: Gender and Sexual Orientation Differences

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Read the following case study:
Hal Crisp is a 19-year-old young man who likes to dress up in women’s clothes and go clubbing. His parents disapprove of this, not only because they are embarrassed that Hal is a cross-dresser, but because they think that the ecstasy and other drugs at the clubs are dangerous. Hal says that he goes clubbing because that’s the only place he feels accepted. He says he certainly does not feel accepted by his family.
Using what you have learned in the Week Four resources, how would you approach this client as an addiction counselor? Do you think Hal is at risk for addiction? What special considerations would you keep in mind given this client’s sexual orientation?

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