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The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community is at a higher risk for substance abuse, continues to abuse substances later into life and requires specialized treatment in order to achieve lasting addiction recovery. Though the underlying approach to treating homosexual addicts is the same as heterosexual addicts, the environment, sensitivities and specialized expertise offered by gay-friendly addiction treatment centers is especially appropriate for this group.
Increased Addiction Risks
Though addiction is clearly not caused by homosexuality, there are many contributing factors to addiction that are more common in the gay community than the population in general. These factors include the following:
- Personal and emotional insecurity
- Exposure to ridicule and persecution
- Family tension
- Anxiety disorders
- Physical or sexual abuse
While none of these conditions cause addiction, any of them can contribute to it and undermine long-term recovery. Effective addiction treatment requires a careful analysis of any and all underlying contributing factors in order to develop a comprehensive therapy plan. Some clinics are specially equipped to treat drug and alcohol addicts in the gay community in a fully integrated and holistic way. Many programs, however, are not set up for this.
How Addiction Recovery Works
Specialized gay-friendly recovery programs pursue total healing from addiction and all other co-occurring issues through individually crafted treatment plans designed for individual addicts and their unique needs. The process, which all takes place in a caring environment that understands the concerns of the LGBTQ community, starts with a careful diagnosis of each patient. A wide array of therapeutic tools is then employed. Some of the most effective treatment techniques include the following:
- Medically supervised detox
- Gay-sensitive group support meetings
- Personalized counseling
- Health-building exercises and activities
- Relaxing and comfortable resting conditions
- Family therapy
- Education to empower the addict to recover
- Spiritual care
- Meditation, yoga, acupuncture and other alternative therapies
Finding the Best Gay-Friendly Treatment
If you are looking for the most effective and successful addiction recovery treatment facilities for the LGBTQ community, please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. Our specially trained addiction counselors can confidentially answer any questions you may have. We can connect you with the best program for your unique needs or can help you offer recovery help to a friend or loved one. Don’t lose another day to addiction. Call today.