Addiction affects an estimated 20 to 30 percent of people in the LGBTQ+ community in the United States, a rate more than double that of the general population at 9 percent. While substance abuse disorders are often rooted in traumas and underlying mental health issues, addiction among LBGTQ+ people may also stem from social factors such as stigmatization, hate crimes, family rejection, and internalized homophobia.
Illicit substance and alcohol abuse as a means of escapism or reducing inhibition may result in mental and physical dependence, making sobriety seem impossible. If drugs and alcohol have taken over your life, Harbor Village can help you reclaim control. Our LGBTQ+ informed treatment programs focus on the specific challenges and obstacles facing each of our clients.
Begin your recovery journey today with our caring, accepting family. Contact Harbor Village today at (877) 259-3169.
Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community
The LGBTQ+ community is filled with diverse individuals attempting to live their lives earnestly and honestly. Unfortunately, the fight for social justice and reform are far from over, leaving many struggling in the face of stigma and ridicule. These pressures and internalized feelings of fear and shame can be difficult to cope with, leading many to seek relief in the form of illicit substances.
Drug and alcohol use at parties,clubs, or during celebrations is not exclusive to the LGBTQ+ community. However, because many may struggle with self-acceptance for their gender identity or sexual orientation, the allure of substances which lower inhibitions and allow one to express their truest self without concerns for judgement. The escapism substance use allows can quickly lead to dependence, especially in social situations.
Challenges in Recovery for LGBTQ+ People
Because people who identify as LBGTQ+ are more likely to experience addiction in their lifetime, accessibility to recovery services is important. Having specialists who are LGBTQ-informed and compassionate to the specific obstacles one may face can help in addressing the underlying causes of addiction.
Unfortunately, few addiction treatment facilities offer specific programs that focus on the challenges of the LGBTQ+ community. This oversight may leave clients vulnerable when re-integrating into everyday life, as they are ill equipped to cope with and process the potential triggers associated with this aspect of their life.
LGBTQ+ Treatment Program at Harbor Village
Harbor Village understands the importance of treating clients on an individual basis, rather than using a cookie cutter program. Our LGBTQ program focuses on self-acceptance, deprogramming negative, social connotations one may have toward being their authentic self. By utilizing trauma-informed methods, we work with each client to affirm identity and begin the healing process to a sober future.
At Harbor Village, we provide a safe, accepting space for growth and transformation into the person you were always meant to be. Our team of addiction recovery specialists are here to support you in gaining the skills and tools necessary for long-term recovery. By providing weekly LGBTQ+ group therapy meetings and other support, we strive to help our clients create a strong foundation for a brighter, healthier future.
For more information about our LGBTQ+ program, call us today!