Between young men and women turning to drugs and alcohol to cope with families that may not accept who they are, the “party” atmosphere that is often a big part of queer youth culture, and the social stigmas that prevent gay men and women from seeking treatment, it should come as no surprise that substance abuse is a huge problem within the LGBTQ community. Fortunately, there is more help available to the community than ever before. There are a few drug rehab centers that cater almost exclusively to the gay and lesbian community, but what makes them different from a “regular” drug treatment center?
FOCUSING ON LGBTQ ISSUES
On the surface, a drug rehab center that treats LGBTQ people may not seem that different from other treatment centers. They help people overcome their addictions in many of the same ways, and they address the underlying psychological issues that led them to abusing drugs and alcohol in the first place. An LGBTQ drug rehab center will be able to do all of this. The biggest difference is that it will focus on issues that are common within the gay community.
Although being gay in the United States is more accepted now than perhaps ever before, it still carries with it a huge stigma. People are still discriminated against in many ways, and they are more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with that. The staff of an LGBTQ drug rehab center understands this, and they will never shame or judge patients for who they are, instead provide a safe space where LGBT culture is mainstream. Furthermore, anyone who seeks treatment at a rehab center will be surrounded by others from their community. Their experiences will of course be their own, but they will have a better understanding of what everyone is going through. In other words, the stigma that is so often associated with being gay is effectively removed so you can focus on reclaiming your life.
If you identify as part of the LGBTQ community and you are struggling with drugs and alcohol, there is treatment available to you. Our staff is available to speak to you and will be ready to give you assistance. Contact Inspire Recovery at any time of the day or night at 561-899-6088 for more information.