Those in the LGBTQ community can face unique challenges when it comes to overcoming addiction issues. Whether these include conflicts with family, isolation from peers, or past traumatic experiences, members of this community would benefit from targeted therapy during treatment. In addition, if an individual is struggling with both addiction and mental health issues, their treatment should address both at the same time. While there are many rehab programs available, not all offer specialized programs. Finding an LGBTQ-specific addiction treatment program is often difficult. Additionally, finding inpatient treatment that is specialized for transgender individuals can be even more challenging. However, there are several reasons you need an LGBTQ-specific treatment program at Westwind Recovery®.
Benefits of an LGBTQ-Specific Treatment Program
For many people seeking inpatient drug rehab treatment in a rehab that doesn’t offer an LGBTQ-specific treatment program, there can be a feeling that you have to hide who you are or not be accepted. You may feel vulnerable as it is but to be also facing the vulnerability that comes during rehab, this pressure to hide who you are can become overwhelming. It is nearly impossible to meet your therapy needs and face the need to be completely open and honest when you don’t know if you will be accepted or treated harshly. However, when you enter an LGBTQ-specific program, your sexual identity isn’t an issue. You can be who you are without fear of being ostracized. You can also be guaranteed that those around you understand the issues you face on a daily basis and how they play a part in why you ended up in the program. To be accepted and understood are two of the greatest things you can feel as you heal.
Homophobia from family members and peers can make life challenging. This becomes an even greater issue when you must spend time living with others who may not understand. And that is often the case if a program isn’t a transgender-specific treatment program. You face being referred to as the wrong gender, called by a name that is no longer yours, and being targeted by violence. In a drug addiction treatment program that does not make safety a priority, it can be difficult to focus on your recovery. When you feel validated and safe, you can get about the business of healing.
Targeted Treatment for Members of the LGBTQ Community
Just as men and women often need specialized programs because they have different stressors that contribute to addiction and mental health issues, so it is with those in the LGBTQ community. Group therapy sessions will work much better when others can relate to these special factors.
Therapies that might be part of your treatment plan include:
It’s easier to open up in group sessions when you know that the other members of your group understand. At Westwind Recovery®, we offer peer groups that foster support and encouragement.
Contact Westwind Recovery® Today
At Westwind Recovery®, we understand the special needs of those in the LGBTQ community. It is our goal to provide an environment where you can feel:
If you are struggling with addiction and mental health issues and are seeking an environment where you don’t feel unwanted or feel the need to hide who you are, reach out to us at 855.340.8832 and set up an appointment to talk with our intake office. You deserve the same chance at a life free of addiction and mental health issues as anyone else. Being part of the LGBTQ community shouldn’t be one of the issues causing you stress. We are here for you. Reach out today.