Addiction and substance abuse rates tend to be higher in the LGBTQ population and are often present at the same time as other co-occurring issues in this demographic. It’s very important for those in the LGBTQ community to have caring treatment that recognizes the stresses and difficulties unique to their situation. Finding an outpatient drug rehab program that offers targeted treatment to the LGBTQ community can sometimes be a difficult task.
At Steps to Recovery, we work with the LGBTQ demographic in a small, intimate environment where clients’ needs are our top priority. We offer partial hospitalization programs, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment.
Why an LGBTQ-Friendly Outpatient Drug Rehab is Important
Because of the social difficulties faced by those in the LGBTQ community, it’s important for addiction treatment centers to be aware of the unique issues presented alongside addiction for these patients. Patients in this demographic often come to us for treatment after previous failed treatments, not to mention serious co-occurring issues that may have also led to failure in the past. At a treatment center like Steps to Recovery, therapists are aware of and focus on issues such as coming out, responding to discrimination and positively identifying as an LGBTQ person.
Addiction is generally activated and exacerbated by triggers, which can be social situations and stress among others. LGBTQ patients often have higher rates of stress, anxiety and depression, which can all be a factor in addictive behavior. These same issues, as well as social stigma against drug use, can prevent LGBTQ people from getting the help they need. They tend to worry about the judgment they might face for addiction, mental illness and their LGBTQ status.
Treatment Steps in Outpatient Drug Rehab for LGBTQ
Outpatient drug rehab at Steps to Recovery includes group therapy, individual sessions, comprehensive aftercare and more. Outpatient treatment is ideal for those who want to maintain their freedom, as well as family or work commitments. It can be for those who need some addiction treatment, but don’t require more intense residential treatment. It’s also commonly used as a transitional treatment for patients coming out of residential treatment.
Outpatient rehab can work very well for many patients, especially those who don’t want to lose any of their freedom during treatment. However, it still requires enough of a time commitment to put patients on the right track.
If you or someone you know identifies as part of the LGBTQ demographic and struggles with the disease of addiction, Steps to Recovery can help. Give us a call today at 866.488.8684 and let us give you more information about programs that can fit your unique needs.