People who are LGBTQ can, of course, seek professional addiction treatment anywhere. However, they may have a better experience by attending an LGBTQ-friendly rehab program. These programs are designed with their needs and unique challenges in mind. Despite progress across much of society, people in the LGBTQ community continue to face discrimination and societal stigma. That remains true in some corners of the healthcare and addiction treatment community. Ultimately, receiving inclusive addiction treatment is not a guarantee. This again points back to the benefit of choosing LGBTQ-friendly addiction treatment.
The Need for Inclusive Addiction Treatment
The LGBTQ-friendly rehab program at Evoke Wellness at Cohassetachusetts recognizes the interconnectedness of mental health, societal discrimination, and substance abuse in the LGBTQ community. Systematic mistreatment and societal barriers make mental health issues and substance abuse disorders more likely among LGBTQ folks. People who identify as LGTBQ are about twice as likely to use illegal substances as people in the general population. Following this are higher rates of substance abuse within the LGBTQ community.
Two other sobering statistics paint the need for inclusive addiction treatment. First, Pew Social Trends found that 40% of LGBTQ adults said they were rejected by family or close friends based on their sexuality or gender identity. Second, 25% of respondents to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated they used drugs to cope with discrimination they faced because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
What Defines an LGBTQ-Friendly Rehab Program?
So what defines an LGBTQ-friendly rehab program? First, programs like the one at Evoke Wellness at Cohassetachusetts are built with the current social reality in mind. They recognize the challenges and root causes that are most common in the LGBTQ community.
Three key aspects define LGBTQ-friendly addiction treatment. Each is explored in more detail below.
1. Sensitive Medical Care
Unfortunately, many LGBTQ folks face discrimination from healthcare providers who either do not understand their identities or actively provide less-than care because of someone’s identity. Inclusive addiction treatment ensures that people who seek treatment receive compassionate, sensitive, inclusive care. This means all healthcare providers who deliver treatment at an LGBTQ-friendly rehab program have been trained in sensitivity, inclusivity, and cultural competency.
2. Inclusive Behavioral Rehab
Behavioral therapy is a foundational technique in addiction treatment. Therapy can be delivered in individual or group settings. At an inclusive rehab center that offers LGBTQ-friendly addiction treatment, participants need not worry that group settings will be triggering or discriminatory. Instead, they can rest assured that they will be provided with safe, supportive environments and group settings to experience treatment.
4. Alumni Support and Aftercare
Evoke Wellness at Cohassetachusetts prioritizes long-term recovery. That means treatment includes alum support and aftercare so that even when clients leave formal treatment, they still have access to vital support. The world may not always be friendly, supportive, or accepting. But anyone who attends treatment at Evoke Wellness at Cohassetachusetts can expect long-term commitment.
Access LGBTQ-Friendly Addiction Treatment
Evoke Wellness at Cohassetachusetts believes addiction care should be customized to each individual’s needs. Failing to do so means treatment will not be as effective. Whatever your background or previous experiences, you can rest assured that you will find individualized, inclusive addiction treatment here at Evoke Wellness at Cohassetachusetts.
A few of the most significant benefits to attending our LGBTQ-friendly rehab program include the following:
- Constant encouragement to be who you are and not compromise your identity
- A deep focus on topics that are most relevant and pressing for the LGBTQ community
- Treatment that embraces a diversity of sexual orientations and is judgment-free
- Long-term commitment through alum support and aftercare
Reach out to 866.931.6429 to learn more about how our programming is designed with LGBTQ concerns in mind.