Did you know? The LGBTQ community is especially vulnerable to substance addiction. That could be because they face a unique set of challenges that their straight and cisgender counterparts do not. For that reason, LGBTQ drug and alcohol rehab programs particularly address these challenges. We welcome people into treatment regardless of sexual or gender identity. Our staff will develop a program that addresses your individual needs.
Generations of LGBTQ people have struggled for representation and equality. The Stonewall uprising kick started an already-rumbling gay rights movement. About 50 years later, over 1,000 LGBTQ people ran for office and won in 2020. Although, that’s a victory for the community, we still have a long way to go. For example, 4.5 percent of adult Americans identify as LGBT. However, only about .17 percent of elected officials represent the community in government.
People who identify as part of the LGBTQ community experience minority challenges, as a whole. In other words, each LGBTQ generation has experienced them together with their peers. “Stigma, prejudice, and discrimination create a hostile and stressful social environment that causes mental health problems,” says American Psychological Association. We frequently find that our LGBTQ patients don’t even realize that they’re carrying these burdens.
Individual challenges disrupt LGBTQ lives, as well. These can include certain cultural differences, lack of resources, harassment, self-hate, violence, and much more.
All of our patients are facing challenges when they come to us for help. We understand that our LGBTQ patients carry enhanced stresses. Most importantly, we tailor our LGBTQ drug and alcohol rehab programs to each patient’s life experience.
LGBTQ Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs
Our programs begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s overall health. During this process, our addiction medical staff can determine our patients’ most urgent needs. They address those first. Frequently, we find that our patients need physical stabilization immediately. That’s commonly because of a chemical imbalance caused by addiction.
Some substances may require a medically monitored withdrawal period. That means our staff will monitor our patients’ physical and mental response to the withdrawal period. We do this to ensure that your body adjusts well to the restoration of your chemical imbalance.
Mental health treatment is the backbone of the program because addiction is a mental illness. Individual therapy, specifically, dialectical behavior therapy, gets to the root of the addiction. Understanding the root of your addiction enriches LGBTQ drug and alcohol rehab programs. It’s key to reducing the likelihood of relapse. It improves the chances for long-term success, too.
Group therapy is another significant component of a successful treatment program. It exposes our patients to other LGBTQ community members who are on the same recovery journey. Hearing real stories of victories and success is empowering.
When our patients are comfortable enough to share, they gain the benefit of seeing other perspectives. What’s more, it gives our patient an opportunity to practice healthy coping mechanisms and communication techniques.
Other evidence-based components may be included in your program, as well. Your addiction counselor will determine what treatments you need. Additionally, family therapy, art therapy, life skills, yoga and other therapies may become part of your program.
After graduation from the program, our patients move on to the last phase of treatment. It’s the aftercare phase. Aftercare helps you maintain your conviction to stay sober. It’s a written plan that you develop during one of our LGBTQ drug and alcohol rehab programs.
We recommend that you always keep it with you. As a result, you’ll have a convenient reminder of what you learned in treatment. Evidence shows that an aftercare plan supports long-term recovery.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 47.4 percent of the LGB community over the age of 18 had a mental illness. 38.2 percent of those had a serious mental illness.
According to the same survey, 18.3 percent over 18 had a substance use disorder. This is also known as substance addiction. Of these addicted people, one in two had an addiction to drugs. Three in five were alcoholics. One in six struggled with an addiction to both.
One untreated mental illness can disrupt one’s daily life, especially if not treated. But an individual can suffer with more than one mental health disorder. They’re referred to as co-occurring disorders. In fact, 7.6 percent of the LGB community had co-occurring disorders in 2019. “[That’s] an increase of 20.5 percent over 2018 composed of increases in both [addiction] and mental illness,” says the 2019 NSDUH. Common co-occurring disorders include depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The need for co-occurring disorders treatment is, therefore, significantly important. Researchers have found that co-occurring disorders should be treated together. In other words, therapy sessions address each disorder simultaneously. Our LGBTQ drug and alcohol rehab programs include treatment for co-occurring disorders, if applicable.
We welcome all genders and sexualities at Recovery in Motion. We believe that you can be happy in your identity without drugs and alcohol. Call us today. Take the first step to your healthy, happy lifestyle in recovery.
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