The LGBTQ community faces a number of significant challenges in their day-to-day lives. From discrimination and continued social stigma to family rejection and even intimidation and hate crimes, those in the LGBTQ population face enormous obstacles in trying to live healthy, happy, and secure lives. With the pressures they face, it is not shocking that people in the LGBTQ community turn to substances to cope with stress. More often than not, they become addicted to drugs and alcohol and need professional help to address their substance abuse issues.
While there are many choices people have regarding drug treatment, those in the LGBTQ community have unique and specific needs. An LGBTQ rehab program provides the specialized programming, tools, and support needed to help clients find lasting sobriety.
Are you or a loved one struggling with substance abuse? Do you feel that help is out of reach? Destiny Recovery is a top-tier LGBTQ rehab program that features individualized programs and services tailored specifically for the LBGTQ community. Call us today to learn more about our Redlands drug and alcohol rehab.
Our Southern California treatment center is secluded in the sun-kissed sanctuary of Redlands, where our clients are close to nature and can experience the transformative benefits of community. Our licensed clinicians, mentors, and support staff work with clients at both the individual level and in group sessions.
Drug and alcohol abuse in the LGBTQ community is disproportionately higher when compared to other populations. Statistics from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health clearly illustrate the substance abuse issues in the LGBTQ community:
Numerous factors explain why the substance abuse rate is higher in the LGBTQ population than in other populations. The most obvious is the continued social stigma experienced by those in this community. While there have been great strides taken within the last decade in understanding and acceptance, many in the LGBTQ population face significant homophobia and discrimination. These attitudes are seen in families, friends, co-workers, and total strangers. Examples include workplace discrimination, bullying, and even hate crimes.
Similarly, a continued lack of widespread acceptance and support keeps many people who identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender remain “in the closet.” The double life they live creates tremendous anxiety and guilt, and many turn to substances to cope with those feelings. Additionally, people in the LGBTQ community may internalize homophobia and feel uncomfortable with themselves.
Also, increased substance abuse rates in this population can also be due to the social environments where they feel safe such as bars, restaurants, and clubs. In these environments, drinking and drug use can be more commonplace and even accepted.
If you are in the LBGTQ community and are struggling with substance abuse, you are not alone. Destiny Recovery features evidence-based treatment programs sensitive to the unique needs of gay, bisexual, transgender, and lesbian populations.
Given the risk factors listed in the previous section, it should come as no surprise those in the LGBTQ community also experience higher rates of mental illness along with addiction. According to information provided in the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
According to data provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), gay and bisexual men and lesbian and bisexual women report greater odds of frequent mental distress and depression when compared to heterosexual counterparts. Also, transgender children and adolescents have higher levels of depression, suicidality, self-harm, and eating disorders. Additionally, LGBTQ people are at greater risk for contracting infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis due to IV drug use and increased high-risk behaviors such as engaging in unprotected sex.
Given the unique and complex needs of addicts in the LGBTQ community, you may wonder if there are specialized LGBTQ rehab centers. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of facilities offering evidence-based LGBTQ rehab programs. Additionally, some facilities offer specialized LGBTQ addiction treatment. While you or a loved one may choose to seek treatment and any number of treatment facilities, the structure of those programs may not be sensitive to your needs.
In some treatment facilities, staff may have an antagonistic view toward those in the LGBTQ community. There may be some professionals who believe that you need to change yourself or your lifestyle to get help. Also, others in treatment may have intolerant attitudes towards those who identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender. Whether it is purposeful or not, these attitudes make it extremely difficult for those who identify as LGBTQ to receive and complete a treatment program.
LGBTQ rehab centers feature evidence-based programming created to address this community’s specific needs. These facilities feature a staff with years of proven experience working with this population and fully understands the issues that impact the LGBTQ community.
Destiny Recovery’s LGBQ rehab center in Redlands will give you the tools and support to address and overcome your addiction for good. Call us to learn about Destiny Recovery Center’s Southern California addiction treatment programs.
Attending an LGBTQ addiction treatment center will experience numerous benefits that will lead to meaningful long-term health and sobriety. First, LGBTQ treatment facilities feature specialized programming and counseling that deal with specific issues such as discrimination, family issues, bullying, and coming out trauma, among others. Since co-occurring disorders are very common, LGBTQ rehab centers feature dual diagnosis programs that help clients effectively deal with mental illness as well as their addiction.
LGBTQ treatment centers also emphasize family therapy and counseling, allowing all family members to grow and heal. Most importantly, these specialized rehab facilities feature personalized treatment programs that fit each client’s specific needs. These plans are dynamic in the fact they can change as the client’s needs change during their treatment stay.
If you, a loved one, or a friend are struggling with substance abuse, finding the appropriate professional help is a top priority. If you need the specialized help and support found in an LGBTQ rehab program, Destiny Recovery is your first choice. Our state-of-the-art San Bernardino drug detox center features top-notch amenities and provides our clients with a safe homelike environment. We offer unique, evidence-based therapies that are individualized to meet your unique needs. No matter the severity of your addiction or mental health issues, the experienced staff at Destiny Recovery is with you every step of the way.
Contact us today and become empowered to be the strong, healthy, and happy person you are meant to become.
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