The LGB addition rehab industry is filled with challenges of many kinds. Being non-traditional and often rejected by family members and friends, the LGBTQI community is frequently prone to addiction to a higher extent than heteronormative and cisgendered individuals. Receiving training in addition rehab as well as working with the LGB community is beneficial to all involved.
Being a part of the LGBTQI community does provide you with a solid perspective of how the community as a whole feels. However, being part of the community only prepares you for part of the issue these individuals may be facing. As the old saying goes, the more you learn, the less you know. This means that as your knowledge base and training increase, you begin to understand more of the limitations of your own knowledge. It is far easier for someone who has learned some aspects of the community’s challenges to believe they know more than they do, than for someone better trained and more experienced to carry on such a belief.
The better trained you are, the better you will be able to help other members of the LGBTQI community to work with their addictions and functionally overcome them. No matter what the addiction may be, it is important to remember that no one is ever truly over it. Rather like with deep emotional traumas of all kinds, one simply has to learn to live with what one has inside. As you receive training, you begin to realize ways you can help others to cope with their problems. At the same time, it is likely you will discover challenges within yourself that you will need to reckon with.
Training will reveal to you many of the underlying causes of addiction, as well as ways to work with these problems. The likelihood of recovery for anyone in any community is very low because many people never address the real reasons why they use their drugs of choice. When a person begins to admit to, honor and work with the underlying problems they are trying to self-medicate, they have a much higher likelihood of going into recovery and staying there for life. The elements of forgiving oneself and others and learning self-love are universal, whether in the LGBTQI community or otherwise. Your training can be their road to recovery.