Specialized addiction recovery programs are offered by recovery facilities in order to provide personalized care. However, the level of care and the facility structure may alter the degree of which these programs are offered. Gender specific treatment programs are easily identified by whether the group is all one gender, the residential facility only accepts on gender, or the program is divided into two separate areas. However, LGBT drug addiction recovery programs have a difficult task in providing treatment to two genders with same sex attraction and additionally transgender communities.
In a time where now the LGBT community is focused on rights, equality, and marriage there is a lacking of focus on the LGBT community’s needs for mental health and addiction treatment resources. In the media currently, there are several stories regarding how treatment or education can be provided to a group of individuals with different backgrounds, genders, and similar struggles, and yet still be personalized. Some argue that above anything, a good quality treatment center enforces equality for all, safety for all, and freedom of any judgement. Therefore, any program which provides a group setting that is comforting, safe and encouraging while simultaneously having counseling for LGBT individuals should be able to facilitate recovery.
For those who feel differently, sober living homes, residential facilities, and outpatient meetings have been established to strictly provide the LGBT community with recovery services. More importantly, the current crisis of drug addiction and alcoholism no matter who is suffering, demands accessibility to treatment services for addiction and widespread education tools to assist in choosing a treatment program that is effective.
Currently, research supports that LGBT youth are twice as likely to develop substance abuse dependencies as their peers. Other studies clearly have little or not enough information to provide data on how many people within the LGBT community are suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues which can minimize the amount of funding proportioned to getting the community help.
Researchers do however know that factors contributing to addictive behaviors such as rejection, abandonment, stress, and family troubles all usually pertain to members of the LGBT community. More importantly, many LGBT members are raised in unsupportive environments whether it be in school, at home, or in society. This can cause immense stress and self-esteem issues which can result in the abuse of prescription medication or anxiety disorders. To make matters worse, for youth or young adults, there isn’t anywhere for them to go when they feel alone except for the historically recognized meeting places of LGBT community members which is bars, and clubs.
At the moment, youth LGBT intervention programs don’t exist and neither do youth LGBT drug addiction recovery programs. This makes helping youth members who are abusing prescriptions drugs or alcohol difficult to treat. Often if a youth program is successful it is because it focuses on their needs and matches their interests or speaks to the troubles they have encountered growing up. Youth residential programs are beginning to cultivate LGBT group therapy sessions, and exercises for building self-confidence. These programs are especially important but only if youth and parents are aware of them. For individuals of all ages that is the important factor. Finding a treatment programs that includes multiple levels of care but also feels safe. Reaching the youth and adult LGBT community where LGBT communities are not represented, is of the utmost importance because it is rare that they would find a program suited for them there.
LGBT individuals suffering with addiction or substance abuse disorders can be influenced to get help by traditional interventions. When performing an intervention it’s important to remain open minded and be sensitive to the emotions the individual might be feeling. Additionally, when researching treatment providers be aware, look for those who have a welcoming environment, include open terminology, have references for LGBT sober living homes or counselors, and have options for transgender or intersex people to identify with on the forms. By reaching out to the LGBT community and helping them gain access to quality effective treatment, researchers can also then improve their understanding of the substance abuse difficulties within the community and conduct research as to what programs work best for them. The main goal is to minimize the overdose deaths, addiction victims, and suicides that occur among the LGBT community and hopefully this can be achieved by widespread truthful information about the recovery assistance available and supportive tools they can access.
For more information about LGBT drug addiction recovery programs and supportive resources contact a caring addiction recovery specialist today at (877) 214-6008.
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