16c - The Professional Ex Another alternative to leaving a...

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The Professional Ex Another alternative to leaving a deviant career, is the Professional Ex About 72% of the counselors working in the 10,000 or more alcohol and drug rehabilitation and treatment centers are ex-substance abusers In becoming a professional ex, the deviant person leaves behind the behaviors, but retains the identification with their former role
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Legitimizing Deviance? When the deviant individual leaves their previous behavior, and works with others who continue the behavior, this in essence “legitimizes” their past deviance. Professional ex-s are not just ex-substance abusers, but ex-cult members, ex-gang members, ex-thieves, ex-divorcee’, ex-single, ex-prostitutes, ex-pornstars, etc. The process to becoming an ex in this sense generally involves four stages.
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Stage 1 Emulation of One’s Therapist Often the abuser during treatment will begin to identify with their counselor both emotionally, and symbolically.
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 340 taught by Professor Richardfey during the Fall '10 term at ASU.

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