In 2001, the U.S. government released a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Report calling for a comprehensive approach to treating the drug and alcohol addiction needs of the LGBT community. Compared to the general population, members of this specific community are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, have higher levels of substance abuse, are less likely to abstain from drug and alcohol use and are more likely to continue using substances later in life.
The social stressors experienced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have a profound impact on its members’ alcohol and drug abuse. In addition to substance abuse, this community may also struggle with mental health issues stemming from issues such as trauma, discrimination and sexual health. Environmental and psychological issues must be addressed in a gay drug rehab for LGBT individuals to decrease the risk of continued substance abuse.
Many times, destructive behaviors have a direct effect on sexual health. Drug or alcohol abuse are seen as ways to escape feelings of shame or guilt about sexual pleasure, decrease inhibitions or enhance sexual pleasure. Substance abuse may also help people avoid or numb their sexual urges, needs or feelings. An understanding of these unique issues facing LGBT individuals entering a gay treatment program is crucial for the elimination of substance abuse.
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Honesty is a key factor in addiction treatment. The LGBT individual has learned to keep secrets about sexuality, which transfers into secrecy in addiction. Entering a gay treatment program for substance abuse is the first step to being honest with yourself, and Lakeview Health Systems staff understands the courage that takes. Our gay-friendly drug rehab program is specifically structured to meet the needs of each individual.
Our LGBT addiction treatment program will address underlying issues that have contributed to substance abuse and tailor a relapse prevention program to fit your needs. Positive self-identification, integration and acceptance, depression and anxiety and sexual health are among some of the issues covered in our gay-friendly rehab program.
Lakeview Health Systems’ staff teaches you how to cope and eliminate self-destructive behaviors by providing you with tools for recovery and freedom from substance abuse.
Lakeview Health Systems’ gay-friendly rehab has won the Best Practices Award in the state of Florida. In the program, trained addiction therapists will be able to validate the addict’s feelings, find ways to understand the addict and recognize that coming out is a lifelong process.
Research and experience help us offer optimal care while addressing issues related to heterosexism, homophobia, trauma, prejudice, discrimination and sexual health that are inextricably tied to drug and alcohol use. Upon discharge from gay friendly addiction treatment, patients will be equipped to reenter their communities with healthier coping skills to decrease risk of relapse. Lakeview Health Systems’ staff offers support and sensitivity to each individual that enters treatment, understanding the enormous amount of courage it takes to ask for help.
For a more in-depth look at our gay-friendly drug rehab program visit our website at Gay-Rehab.com.