List of Drug Rehabs for the LGBTQ+ Community
Here is access to our entire drug rehabilitation database for the LGBTQ+ community. Please select a state. If you need help locating the right treatment for you, do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.
Type of Service
Questions to Ask When Searching for an LGTBQ+ Drug and Alchol Rehab
To help you find the best treatment program, we have put together some tips on what to say and ask when calling a drug and alcohol treatment center.
- When you first call a canter, it is best to be completely open to them: Start by letting them know who you are and what you want. Do not be afraid to tell them how you identify. The more information they have about you, the better they can be prepared to provide you with the best care.
- Ask if their staff is culturally competent: Rehab is a commitment, so you want to make the people you are interacting with daily have an understanding of LGTBQ+ culture.
- Ensure there is individualized care: Ask if you will receive one-on-one counseling. If they do not, you may want to look at another option for treatment.
- Ensure you will be learning: Life skills are critical to remaining drug-free after treatment, especially for the LGTBQ+ community, who can benefit from learning to deal with discrimination and stigma.
Ultimately the decision is up to you, but always make sure you do your research. Ask questions and be completely honest with any intake counselor you speak to. If other things are essential, bring them up and ask if they can accommodate you.
What to Look for in an LGTBQ+ Drug and Alcohol Rehab
LGBTQ+-friendly drug and alcohol treatment centers should work to address the unique needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. Rehabilitation programs should offer safe environments that help them during the entire recovery process.
Here are some things to look for to ensure you are getting the best care possible:
Culturally Competent Care
Counselors and therapists should understand the coming out process, the stages of sexual identity development, and how this is all incorporated into a treatment setting. There are many issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community face that may not be known if someone is not knowledgeable about the facts and current issues.
The LGBTQ+ community may address more complex goals. Patients may need assistance with fundamental identity issues related to their substance abuse; overall, the rehabilitation process should be well-rounded and provide the same benefits as any other treatment program, but it is essential that there is some form of one-on-one care counseling and care to address the complex issues many LGBTQ+ individuals face.
Life Skills & Dealing With Discrimination
Learning tools and life skills is an important part of rehabilitation. Drug and alcohol use within the LGBTQ+ community is often a reaction to homophobia, discrimination, or violence experienced due to their sexual orientation. These issues and how to deal with them healthily should be addressed explicitly within an LGBTQ+-friendly substance use treatment program.
Reasons for LGTBQ+ Substance Use
The rates of substance use within the LGBTQ+ community are some of the highest in the country. According to an article published in Social Work Today, data taken from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggest that 20% to 30% of the LGBTQ+ community struggle with some substance use disorder.
But why is that?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+ individuals often face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges not encountered by someone who is heterosexual. Furthermore, many LGBTQ+ are raised in an unsupportive culture, surrounded by homophobia and bullying, and may lack family support. All of these factors can contribute to substance use.
This discrimination and stigma can also discourage members of the LGBTQ+ community from asking for help because of previous negative experiences with healthcare providers or anticipating adverse reactions.