Addiction Treatment Tailored to Those Who Identify as LGBTQ
From social prejudice and discrimination to physical violence, members of the LGBTQ community face many stressors and challenges. Oftentimes, this can lead to substance abuse to try to cope. In fact, members who identify as LGBTQ are 11 to 21 percent more likely to develop a substance abuse disorder than the general population as a whole.
This is why LGBTQ-friendly addiction treatment is so necessary. At Ranch Creek Recovery, we understand the unique challenges that you face as an LGBTQ member and tailor our treatment program to address those specific barriers.
Learn more about our LGBTQ-friendly addiction treatment and contact us today.
Why Addiction Treatment for LGBTQ Community Members
Identifying as LGBTQ is only a small part of who you are. You have your own unique talents, skills and passions. But because of societal pressures and obstacles, your sexual orientation often becomes the only thing that people see.
Because of the following challenges that are faced on a daily basis, LGBTQ individuals are more likely to turn to substance abuse:
Discrimination by the General Public
LGBTQ individuals can find themselves discriminated against because of their specific sexual orientation. They may experience employment and housing discrimination, public bathroom discrimination or other prejudice from coworkers, classmates or the general public.
Shame or Rejection by Loved Ones
Parents, friends and other family members may struggle to understand and accept a loved one who identifies as LGBTQ. This rejection can negatively impact this individual’s confidence, self-esteem and personal identity. In some cases, LGBTQ members are kicked out by angry family members, leaving them vulnerable to violence and additional discrimination out on the streets.
Self-Loathing Due to LGBTQ Discrimination
LGBTQ members face extraordinary discrimination, prejudice, emotional abuse and rejection. On top of all that, there are still states throughout the country that leverage conversion therapy practices. This lack of acceptance and pressure to change can lead to self-loathing and make LGBTQ members believe something is wrong with them.
Hate crimes against LGBTQ individuals are still prevalent throughout the United States. In fact, one in five hate crimes in 2015 was a result of sexual orientation. Members of the LGBTQ community face bullying, verbal harassment, emotional and physical abuse and death threats.
Our Approach to LGBTQ-Friendly Addiction Treatment
Effective addiction treatment needs to address the discrimination and trauma LGBTQ individuals experience. Treatment needs to be tailored to their individual needs and provide a safe, judgment-free environment to recover.
This is what you get at Ranch Creek Recovery. When you come to our treatment center, you won’t be judged or rejected for your sexual orientation. During individual and group therapy sessions, our expert staff will help you face the trauma you’ve encountered and teach you how to gradually accept and be proud of who you are.
During cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions, you’ll learn how to reject negative thoughts and emotions and replace them with positive ones. We also provide dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) sessions to help you recover from any self-harm behaviors you’ve struggled with.
Diagnosing and treating any mental health issues is a very important step in addiction recovery. As one of the leading dual diagnosis treatment centers in southern California, we leverage a holistic, non 12 step approach that focuses on healing your mind, body and spirit from co-occurring disorders. Therapy modalities like equine therapy can help you face and work through challenging thoughts and emotions you may not be able to communicate in your individual therapy sessions.
Other therapeutic activities like yoga, meditation, fitness and acupuncture can help strengthen your body, improve your mental state and increase the effectiveness and productivity of your individual therapy sessions.
At the end of the day, our mission is to help you recover from addiction, be comfortable in your own skin and develop healthier ways to cope with triggers and any future discrimination you may experience.
Get Started at Ranch Creek Recovery Today
You should never be ashamed of who you are or what your sexual orientation is. At Ranch Creek Recovery, our LGBTQ-friendly addiction treatment is designed to help you overcome the substance abuse and trauma you’ve experienced as a member of the LGBTQ community.
Are you ready to get alcohol addiction treatment for you or a loved one?