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LGBTQI Focused Addiction Rehab

Why Are LGBTQIA Focused Addiction Rehabs Vital to Recovery?

My war with addiction began when I was 12 years old. After moving to Florida and hitting puberty I was faced with an onslaught of feelings and ailments I didn’t know had a name, let alone how to cope with them in daily life. I now know I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and what is known as Gender Dysphoria. I started taking Xanax to medicate myself and coast through life and didn’t look back for 8 years.

My first experience in an institution, I was 15 years old. I was not living as my authentic self at that time and drifted in and out of the mental health care system and substance abuse programs for years. I felt like a ghost in a shell  and wasn’t able to properly heal myself, not knowing who I was. When I was 21 I entered a treatment facility for the first time identifying as female. After an exasperated quarrel with both the facility and my insurance company they agreed to put me in a private room in the senior facility. The treatment center felt as though staying with my peers would be too high risk for me. I find that notion completely ridiculous. As if staying with a bunch of detoxing baby boomers in an isolated chamber would be a productive safety net? This unfortunately was the only half-assed measure taken to accommodate me as a transgender client. My time in treatment was not actually spent tackling my issues with addiction. I spent so much time explaining myself and who I was in the context of being Trans that I had no energy left and certainly didn’t have the trust needed to divulge any part of my wounded self in therapy. A facilitator even made a sidebar comment on how I could make more of an effort and put on makeup if I wanted to be addressed properly. I was in the midst of detoxing from opiates, benzodiazepines, amphetamines and alcohol. My insides and outsides were falling out and off. Make up wasn’t exactly a priority.

I developed an almost impenetrable set of defense mechanisms to tolerate constantly being pigeon holed and dehumanized. It came as no surprise that I relapsed shortly after being discharged and continued to downward spiral. Luckily I made it back and discovered Inspire Recovery, where I cultivated my longest period of sobriety. An LBGTQI focused environment allowed me to get the breathing space I desperately needed to get my shit together. The sense of community and acceptance was essential in healing. I could actually carry out conversations with people without a raised eyebrow or calling my entire being into question. It was truly a breath of fresh air and a blessing. I came to truly appreciate my experience there a year later after a brief relapse and stint in another facility.

And now, here’s what it was like at another facility. The residency there was enforced by a religious zealot who would lock me out of the bathroom and find other creative ways to degrade and silence me. I became unhinged and reactive. I smashed a dresser in my room. I subsequently was removed and committed to a lock-down psych unit where i was administered haldol without my consent and was taken off my hormone regiment. Thankfully due to the dedication of my family and sober supports I was rescued and sent to another LBGTQI oriented treatment center that could actually help me. This dark period really taught me not to take things for granted, especially my time at Inspire. The importance of education in gender studies and an all inclusive environment is completely vital to treating a case like me and I hope for a future where the marginalized of the marginalized can be less, well marginalized.

non-binary drug alcohol rehab

Is there a drug and alcohol rehab for people who identify as non-binary?

Identifying non-binary, may make the struggle with chemical dependency that much more difficult due to starting life in the social construct of a binary world. It can seem impossible to find non-binary drug & alcohol rehab to suit your needs. Fortunately, there is a rehab center that has a space for all genders, both non-binary and binary.

Added Pressures

Being part of the LGBTQ community imposes a lot of pressures from outside social establishments. It is perfectly common to have a difficult time having your identity constantly questioned because you don’t identify by the strict two binary genders of male or female.   It is common to not find members of the medical profession who really understand the situation you have been in your whole life. Often, going into a treatment facility that claims to help with your recovery ends up being in an environment where they try to enforce hetero-normative and cis-gender ideologies on you, which can hinder your recovery.

An Inclusive Culture

When you search for a non-binary drug & alcohol rehab center, you are also searching for a culture who understands you. Much of the world sees things from its own perspective, that of a majority view that you may not fit into. Instead of enforcing conformity, the right kind of treatment center focuses on helping you work with who you are and what you really want out of life. This is not a fairytale world, as this culture actually exists in an LGBTQIA inclusive and culturally aware rehabilitation center, Inspire Recovery in South Florida. In fact, this is the mainstream culture at Inspire. It’s so mainstream that stepping outside of Inspire, the binary world becomes hard to comprehend that it is the majority reality.

Professionals Who Understand

There was a time not so long ago when medical professionals considered natural differences from the social contructs to be mental illness. There is still a stigma in much of society that can permeate even the minds of professional counselors and psychologists. Fortunately, there are professionals in the at Inspire who specialize in non-binary drug & alcohol rehab because this is desperately needed in the community. Help is available, and a better life can start by picking up the phone and calling 561-899-6088..

Treating the Underlying Problems

One of the most common reasons anyone uses alcohol or drugs is because it is an escape. For a time, you can forget about the world you live in. But there is another way and you can treat the underlying problems you have been running from, so you no longer have to use. Feeling better in the real way is both possible and available. Even if you have given up hope of finding a non-binary drug & alcohol rehab, it is here waiting for you to get help.