Will I Be Safe in Addiction Treatment If I Identify as LGBTQ?

People who identify as LGBT have a long history of discrimination, and it’s no wonder someone would question their safety in a rehab for alcoholism or substance abuse. Even though the tide of discrimination seems to be waning since the early 2000s, LGBTQ people are still at great risk for harm. According to a report by the National Coalition on Anti-Violence Programs, more LGBTQ people have been murdered so far in 2017 than in all of 2016. The amount of deaths in 2016 does not even include the forty-nine people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In 2016 there was one LGBTQ hate-related death every 13 days compared to one in every six days so far in 2017.

With these alarming statistics, it’s no wonder LGBTQ people may worry for their safety wherever they go. This of course applies to seeking a safe environment in which to get sober.

The American Journal of Public Health documents that LGBTQ persons who have experienced multiple forms of discrimination are four times more likely to develop some type of substance abuse disorder. While Gay Pride has promoted a healthy platform for LGBTQ people, there are still underly wounds that can cause addiction and mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.

Some of the harm LGBTQ people suffer includes: job loss, loss of child custody, or other public discrimination, physical abuse by family members or partners, rejection by family of origin, violence based on sexual orientation or gender identification, youth ridiculed by peers, and a national outcry against the LGBT drummed up by political agendas, misinformation and hate.

If you identify as LGBTQ and are in need of a treatment center where you can feel safe, carefully research treatment facilities. You might want to attend a local LGBTQ meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. There you can ask if other members could recommend a safe facility. Finding one geared to LGBTQ people is a good idea. For one, you won’t be have to worry or be distracted by any homophobia that might come from another who is also getting treatment.

Many issues surrounding addiction and alcoholism are the same whether one is straight or identifies as LGBTQ. Still, being in groups where a tapestry of commonality exists, may prove far more beneficial for lasting recovery. The website Recovery.org has a toll free number you can call for assistance. They also list rehabs by state, and other helpful information. Be safe, get the help you need, and know you are loved.

Here at Infinity Malibu we offer medically supervised comfortable detox, licensed case management, and 24/7 clinical support. Our goal is to make sure when you leave these beautiful facilities your recovery will be lasting. Call today and get the support you need. 888-266-9048

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