Category Archives: LGBTQ Treatment Program

Trans Experience LGBTQI Focused Addiction Rehab Vogue

“Vogue” – Impoverished Women of Color & Trans Experience – My 1st Glimpse of Me

The basic human need to be watched was once satisfied by God.

In 1990 Madonna released her single “Vogue”. A window into a microcosm was opened for mainstream society peering at a staple and genius solely invented by the LBGTQ community. 1991’s Jennie Livingston’s documentary film “Paris is Burning” was the first time I witnessed a representation of people I found myself in and as a questioning teen it was the first time I found the language for what I was. I don’t know if I would have found the bravery to pursue my authenticity and my true being had I not stumbled upon this work of art in the seventh grade. I find it utterly inspiring and miraculous these impoverished women of color and the trans experience were able to create decadence and their own tribal system in the shadow of the age of Ronald Reagan and the dawn of Donald Trump. Embracing their femininity and awakening their empowerment through movement and dance.

The Trans Experience That Showed Me Who I Am

A universal safe space of celebration and unity was established in the Ball house scene. For people who were forced to live anonymously and in the shadows the Ball scene provided a place of sanctuary and encouragement to be who you are and using your talents and aesthetics that were otherwise rejected and ridiculed to compete and transcend the pains of everyday living experienced by trans and queer people. The goal being to accentuate one’s own femininity or masculinity, based on being able to blend and adapt within outside hetero-normative culture or in over the top lavish displays of  sensuality, sexuality, and sassiness. One of the aspects of humanity I find most fascinating is the undying need and wish to be witnessed. It’s the essence of all the arts and a driving force into finding our purpose here on Earth.

It saddens me that outside of the LBGTQ community this part of history isn’t valued, and these complex multi faceted creative ingenuities have been crunched up spit out and lumped into only being perceived as drag queens. For the first time in the history of media however, Ryan Murphy has produced a television Series titled “Pose” which centers around five trans women played by trans women navigating 1980’s NYC and the ball scene. It’s my hope that this is the first step in reflecting the lives of trans woman to the general public in a way that let’s us be seen as human rather than something to be tokenized and gawked at.

Do I Drink Too Much Alcohol-LGBTQI

Do I drink too much alcohol?

Perhaps you have found yourself wondering, do I drink too much alcohol? Chances are if you are questioning your drinking habits, there is a problem. Alcohol has ingrained itself in LGBTQ social culture as a mainstay at get-togethers, clubs, and functions. It is easy to develop a problem with alcohol without realizing it before it’s too late.

The Facts

According to a government publication focused on drug and alcohol consumption of members of the LGBTQ community, sexual minorities are more likely to participate in binge drinking consisting of up to and over 5 drinks at once. Studies show that the percentages range anywhere from 20% to 30% higher than in the heterosexual population.

Many factors contribute to these statistics including family and personal relationships and cultural norms. If you feel that you are developing an alcohol problem, know that you are not alone. Alcohol addiction affects a high number of people belonging to the LGBTQ community. Fortunately, there are programs that specialize in treating drug and alcohol addiction affecting people belonging to the LGBTQ community.

The Signs

What are some of the factors that have you asking, do I drink too much alcohol? Beware of some of the following signs of a developing alcohol problem:

  • Drinking Daily
  • Consuming more than 3 drinks at once regularly
  • A need to drink when with friends
  • Binge drinking (5 or more drinks)
  • Loss of memory after drinking

If you have noticed any of these behaviors, it may be time to seek help. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem that can not only affect your health, but it can also create legal issues or even cause a wreck or other injury to you or someone else.

Seek Help

There is a professional facility that specializes in assisting in the recovery process for LGBTQ members. Inspire Recovery has highly trained, caring staff that is sensitive to the needs of our LGBTQ community members, and are committed to your well-being and recovery. Contact us today and look forward to a brighter tomorrow.

Gay Men Crystal Meth Addiction Rehab

Should I go to Rehab for my Crystal Meth Addiction?

Finding a rehab for a crystal meth addiction that will meet your unique needs as a member of the LGBTQ community can help you get clean and sober and stay that way.

I can’t stop doing meth. Should I go to a crystal meth rehab if I’m addicted?

The short answer? Yes. Treatment at a crystal meth rehab can help you kick this dangerous drug and get your life back on track.

Should I seek a recovery program tailored to LGBTQ people?

Again, yes. LGBTQ addiction and relapse rates are higher than those of heterosexuals. Members of the LGBTQ community face challenges like discrimination because of the way society views gender dysphoria, various gender expressions, and same-sex relationships. For these reasons, a crystal meth rehab with an LGBTQ staff can help you address your specific needs in a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment.

Which types of treatment are available in a crystal meth rehab?

A Day/Night program, much like a partial hospitalization (PHP) program, provides a high level of care for people in early recovery. Within the first 30 days, relapse is likely and this type of program will give your mind and body a chance to stabilize and help you avoid engaging in high-risk behaviors. This period of treatment is a time to assess your condition and come up with a treatment plan that will work for you. An LGBTQ rehab will help you to integrate better into a peaceful life long after you leave your treatment facility. The last thing you should be worrying about as you recover is oppression from your counselors and fellow patients.

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) involves a total of nine or more hours of addiction education and structured counseling services three days a week. IOP includes individual therapy sessions, group therapy with other members of the LGBTQ community who are struggling with addiction, as well as psychiatric care, art therapy, holistic programs and nutritional counseling.

In an Outpatient Program, the amount of individual counseling and group therapy sessions you receive will vary, depending on your individual needs. With a strong foundation of coping skills that have been learning in previous treatment, being involved in the recovery community and a 12-step program or other recovery fellowship can give you the support you need to stay sober. Learning how to live a healthy lifestyle is essential, and an LGBT crystal meth rehab can help you learn how to put what you’ve learned into practice.

Pick up the phone and call our admissions department today to discuss how you can receive help at 561-899-6088.

LGBTQ Addiction Help

Is There LGBTQ Addiction Help Available?

Yes, we have LGBTQ addiction help at Inspire Recovery

The LGBTQ community is known for having a heightened level of addition beyond what people outside of the community experience. For more information, you may look at some statistics on the SAMHSA website*. After all, having to live in a world that does not respect you can hurt a lot. Fortunately, LGBTQ addiction help is available and you can get better, no matter how far down the path of addiction you may have fallen.

Getting Out

When you are in an environment that gives you feelings that are hard to deal with, this is when you are at the highest risk of using. Even if you are feeling fine at the moment, the wrong kind of people tend to be in toxic areas. The easy way to fall into active addiction or keep the cycle going is “just this once,” or that it is just “having a little fun.” It never stays fun in a toxic environment.

One problem that the LGBTQ community has in common with cisgendered* hetero-people is that the world is full of well-hidden toxic places. Getting out of one and into a more caring environment is often the first step to recovery.

Being Out

A traditional problem of LGBTQ people is that counseling requires you to be completely honest, and sometimes there is unspoken judgment. Particularly in traditional religious types of recovery centers, you can feel and you may actually be treated like a bad person just because you are part of the LGBTQ community. Coming out to the wrong people can start a whole new cycle of fear, anger and intolerance that can make using seem like the most sane option.

Help is available from counselors who are part of, or allies to, the LGBTQ community. These are people who care and who will not judge you for being who you naturally are. Real acceptance is a major part of healing the pains inside yourself, so the outer manifestation of using does not happen again.

Staying Out

The hardest part of any recovery is that it never endsan addict is an addict for life. However, you can build a better set of habits and beliefs that are more likely to keep you clean and sober for the long haul. It is never too late, no matter how bad things may seem. One place to get help from people who will not judge you is Inspire Recovery. Contact Inspire today, and start getting the help you need to live a life free of your addictions.

A Couple of Terms Used in this Article: 
*SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and they have excellent resources for people supporting LGBTQ clients in addiction treatment centers.

*Cisgender refers to a person whose gender corresponds to their birth sex. Because a person’s sexual anatomy does not always relate to their gender identity, terms like cisgender help to distinguish LGBTQ individuals, no matter what their sexual orientation is. That is to say that not all trans people are gay and not all cisgender people are straight. Gender identity is completely separate from sexual orientation and one does not dictate the other.


Inspire Recovery: Creative Programming



Inspire Recovery “Creative Steps” Group Facilitator, Rolando Chang Barrero, in front of one of his mural paintings.

When dreaming up at LGBTQ-focused treatment center, the owner and staff new from day one that this was going to be a creative learning center. There are many unique characteristics that a lot of LGBTQ individuals share. Not to stereotype the LGBTQ community, but there is a lot of funky, colorful, eclectic and whimsical flair that can often set LGBTQ youth and adults a part from the rest of society. Historically, a lot of famous artists, writers, musicians and performers are LGBTQ persons. That said, for us to create a welcoming environment for the LGBTQ community in recovery we knew we wanted to provide process groups that were clinically advanced in supporting core recovery topics but presented and developed in creative ways.

For instance, the majority of treatment centers include a 12 Step group in their weekly curriculum. In addition to a discussion-based 12 Step group, our clients also take part in a Creative Steps group every week. Our Creative Steps instructor is a locally-famous visual artist, Rolando Chang Barrero. Rolando has an extensive background in studying Art Therapy, was leading “art of recovery” workshops out of his studio in the Boynton Beach Art District before he started to become invited to treatment centers to lead his workshops. Rolando proudly celebrates six years clean and sober and is an incredible inspiration to not only the recovery community and the artist community of The Palm Beaches, he’s also a bright light in the LGBTQ community. We’re honored to have Rolando be a part of our creative programming at Inspire Recovery. An experienced muralist, Rolando’s Creative Steps group is in the beginning stages of designing a mural for Inspire. We will feature art projects from Rolando’s Creative Steps in future posts here on the Inspire News blog. Stay tuned for inspiring 12 Step projects to do at home!

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Inspire Recovery: Journal Writing Group

Inspire-Recover-Journal-Writing-groupAt Inspire Recovery, we appreciate the therapeutic benefits that journal writing can provide to individuals with an outlet to process what’s going on emotionally, physically and transitionally as they move through the early stages of recovery. Our creative approach to treating addiction is integrated into our clinical program, other clients expressive groups that can sometimes speak volumes to what they may or may not be able to share verbally in process groups.

Journal Writing Group

For our weekly Journal Writing group, clients are provided with their own journal, which is kept at Inspire to ensure that the journals will consistently be available for the Journal Writing Group. Clients who would like a journal they can use outside of treatment hours are given one journal that they are responsible for. Clients journals are provide a safe space for them to express themselves in an honest and vulnerable format. The journals are a private place for clients to dig as deep as they are willing and able to go with themselves.

For every group the facilitator prepares a printout that provides each client that is present for the group with their own copy so the clients can read along as the facilitator presents the assignments for the day. The facilitator often invites clients to share in the reading if they are interested and the printout also allows clients to re-read the handout and understand each assignment to the best of their ability.

Each Journal Writing group begins with an inspirational reading that includes daily affirmations and occasionally reflects on astrological insights for the day. The objective of starting each group by reading from the AA “Daily Reflections” book, or other daily affirmation book that we have in the Inspire Media Room, is to provide the clients with a grounding meditation that can help them to put some of the distractions of their day aside and be able to focus on and more present with what the facilitator is asking them to explore in their journals.

The writing assignments always relate to client personal growth work, treatment plan goals and/or recovery in general. The printout will often provide background information on the writing assignments, to aid in clients understanding of the concepts they are being asked to explore. For example, if the writing assignment is asking clients to explore characteristics of their ego, the printout the clients and facilitator will read out loud will introduce what the ego is and explain enough context necessary to explore the topic. Clients are always invited to ask questions and share what comes to mind related to the topic before and after the writing time. In addition, the writing prompts are meant to be as simple as possible and are usually further explained by the facilitator before the writing begins. The facilitator reviews the writing prompts and checks-in with the clients to ask if anyone has clarifying questions.

Look out for future Inspire News posts with writing prompts for you to explore on your own! We are excited to share our ideas and insights with our recovery community.

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Reframing Minds, Recovery In Motion

Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy-Inspire-RecoveryIn the drug and alcohol addiction treatment world there are certainly formulas that many centers tend to utilize in their practice of saving lives. Many centers lean on evidenced-based therapies to shape the topics of their group and one-on-one discussions. Such therapies include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). At Inspire Recovery we embrace both of these as key components to our clinical strategy. We are invested in combining evidenced-based therapies alongside our creative approach, because we feel strongly that where research has proven successful, so will our clients. However, our creative program is often the breath of fresh air a client needs to continue to process CBT and DBT techniques presented in previous groups. These two approaches complement each other because the work with both the left and right brain.

At Inspire we do not use television or video programming to educate out clients. Our trained group facilitators and licensed therapist use as many interactive techniques possible to help clients grasp group information in hands-on and expressive ways. We provide worksheets, art projects, start groups off with music playing, take groups outside to near by green spaces, provide Tai Chi, Meditation and music therapy groups once a week. We are holistic, not only because we incorporate nutrition and spirituality. We are holistic because we are treating the whole person with a diversity of tactics that can enhance a client’s ability to understand aspects of relapse prevention and emotional regulation on a deeper level. CBT and DBT techniques can be applied to practically any group, and that is why we review these skills with our group facilitators, and ask that even the creative groups provide opportunities for clients to re-frame their habits and emotions so they can grow in their recovery every day they are at Inspire.

Our Crafting Mindfulness group is a great example of how we are able to incorporate mindful activities that can help those who have co-occurring diagnosis – such as clients who have been diagnosed with substance use disorder, as well as, a mental illness. We will share more about our Crafting Mindfulness group and how it helps us meet clients where they are at in future posts on Inspire News.

Health & Wellness for LGBTQ Addiction Treatment

Balance is Key: Health and Wellness in Addiction Treatment

Inspire-Recover-Nutrition-GroupHere’s our goal at Inspire Recovery, the premier LGBTQ addiction treatment center in West Palm Beach, Florida: to have a well-rounded program that provides balance in daily treatment groups, nourishing the mind, body and spirit one week at a time. For our health and wellness groups clients take part in a weekly Nutrition Group with expert nutritionist, Carmen Dragen. Every client also has a one-on-one appointment with Carmen, so they can privately discuss their specific eating habits and whatever personal health goals they would like to set to improve their comprehensive nutrition plan. During the Nutrition Group clients go over everything from budgeting while grocery shopping to recipes for meals that provide optimal nutrition which are considered easy and simple for clients to prepare. This is valuable knowledge to impart. We want to enrich our clients lives so they can be happy and productive after their stay at the treatment center. Eating healthier is an important part of addiction treatment and the recovery process since it restores the body and the mind. Ingesting certain foods rich in vitamins and minerals has been proven to aide in relieving stress and stabilizing moods. A healthier diet is just one aspect of an overall healthier lifestyle we work to promote with our clientele at Inspire Recovery. Beneficial self-care habits and consistent routine can be the key to long lasting quality recovery.  All of the information about health and nutrition gained at the treatment center can spur significant and noticeable positive changes in someone’s sense of well-being when applied in their daily lives. When we are healthy individuals, we tend to feel good, and when we feel good we feel good about ourselves. At Inspire Recovery we are dedicated to inspiring our clients to seek a better life in all ways. Contact us today.