If you are LGBT and struggle with addiction, you may be concerned about finding an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center that is LGBT aware and affirming. Rest assured that there are alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers that specialize in LGBT clients. Choosing a rehab center that specializes in LGBT clients is a smart move because it will assure that you will get treatment geared towards the issues LGBT people face, aware and affirming therapists, and peers who are empathetic.
A rehab center that specializes in LGBT clients will include the following:
• LGBTQ Aware and Affirming Staff
A rehab center that specializes in LGBT clients will have staff that is aware and affirming of LGBT clients and trained on how to deal with common issues of LGBT clients. The staff will definitely accept you for who you are instead of trying to do “conversion” or “reparative” therapy on you, which is now considered unethical by all psychological and medical organizations.
• Support from LGBTQ Peers
As you are most likely well-aware of, there are a plethora of homophobic and transphobic people in our society. At an addiction rehab, those type of people are the last people you want to be dealing with and living with for 28 to 90 days. At a LGBT rehab center, you will be dealing with other clients who are LGBT as well and are definitely dealing with at least some of the same underlying issues as you. Therefore, the chances of you encountering homophobia or transphobia is extremely slim.
• Therapy Geared towards LGBTQ Issues
The individual and group therapy that you will receive will be geared towards common LGBTQ issues (e.g. “coming out,” family/friend rejection, depression, low self-esteem, discrimination, etc.).
• Accommodating Housing and Bathroom Arrangements
Housing and bathrooms can be a challenging issue for LGBTQ people. These arrangements will be accommodating based on your gender identity and where you are in the transition process. • Help and Education for Families
An LGBTQ rehab will offer services to help your family deal with both the effects of addiction and your sexual orientation/gender identity. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings will be recommended along with PFLAG meetings (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
Why do LGBT People Struggle with Addiction Issues So Much and How to Cope with that Reason?
LGBT people struggle with addiction issues so much because of the issues that they face in society. While our society is slowly, but surely evolving in its understanding of sexual minorities, there is still much mistreatment and misunderstanding of them. This causes many of them to feel shame about who they are, which can lead them to turning to alcohol and drugs to cope.
Unfortunately, you cannot control the way people and institutions think. However, you do not have to allow judgmental, homophobic/transphobic people control your life, even if they are your family. If get into recovery from your addiction, you can find joy, inner-peace, and a healthy self-esteem. Remember that those who have judgmental, homophobic/transphobic view is about where they are on their journey based on what they have been taught and agreed with, not about specifically who you are.
Finding Support in an LGBT Recovery Community
The best cure for addiction is getting involved in a community. There are LGBTQ-specific 12-step meetings and 12-step-alternative meetings. Twelve-Step-alternatives include, but are not limited to, SMART Recovery, Lifering Secular Recovery, and Women for Sobriety. If you are looking for a religious or spiritual belief system, there are religions and spiritual belief systems that are LGBTQ aware and affirming and non-dogmatic. These include, but are not limited to, Unitarian Universalism, Episcopalism, Presbyterian Church-USA, New Thought-Science of Mind (also known as Religious Science), New Thought-Unity (non-dogmatic, LGBTQ aware and affirming religion that combines New Thought principles with basic beliefs of Christianity), and Wicca. There are many paths to recovery. Regardless if is a 12-Step program, 12-Step-Alternative program, established religion, or spiritual movement, you need to make connections with other human beings.
When it comes to aftercare, your rehab center can refer you to LGBT sober-living facilities and halfway houses. They can also provide recommendations on LGBT accepting cities to live in. Living in LGBT sober living facilities, halfway houses, and communities is a must in order to increase your chances of success and happiness.
Indiana rehab centers include ones that specialize in LGBT clients. Contact one today to start your journey to freedom and joy. Call us today at 833-762-3739.