Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community sometimes struggle with alcohol or drug addiction because they feel isolated, alone and different. It can be hard to ask for help with an addiction problem because LGBT people may fear being judged or discriminated against by the people who are supposed to help them. Seeking help from LGBT rehab centers can make it easier for members of these communities to get what they need to overcome addiction.
What Are LGBT Drug Rehab Facilities?
LGBT-oriented rehabilitation centers offer help that is designed specifically for members of the LGBT community. Gay drug rehab centers and lesbian drug rehab programs, for example, cater specifically to gay men or lesbian women. People who participate in these programs all have similar sexual orientations, and both the other participants and the staff understand the unique stresses that non-heterosexuals and/or transgender people deal with because of their orientations. Most importantly, LGBT people know that they will be accepted by staff and other program participants if they go to a rehab that specializes in care for members of their community.
LGBT rehab centers offer therapy and other treatments that are geared specifically toward resolving problems unique to this community in addition to general help with addictions. For example, a gay drug rehab center might teach participants how to deal with job discrimination or rejection by family members without resorting to alcohol or drug use. Similarly, transgender people might learn how to handle problems related to being misgendered without numbing themselves to their pain via using alcohol and drugs. Most LGBT rehab centers also focus on helping participants accept their sexual orientation or gender identity, as a lack of self-acceptance contributes greatly to psychological difficulties for members of these communities.
I Want to Find an Executive or Luxury Rehab Center
If business concerns have stopped you, a family member or a friend from getting assistance for a drug or alcohol problem or behavioral addiction, executive rehabilitation programs may be what's needed. Combining top drug, alcohol or behavior addiction treatments with the freedom of computer and cell phone access, an executive or company president can get treatment in comfort and style.
Many current substance and behavior addiction treatment facilities feature the nicest amenities one would only expect to find in 4 and 5-star hotels, with your success and enjoyment being the primary goals. From 5-star chef-prepared meals and fine linens to gym facilities and private rooms, you can get the greatest drug, alcohol or behavior addiction treatment for yourself, your family member or your friend while relaxing in comfort.
Factors to Consider
When looking at rehabilitation programs designed specifically for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, you need to consider many factors. Remember that there are lots of programs that cater to LGBT people, so you don't need to choose a program that you don't feel completely comfortable with. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when evaluating gay drug rehab facilities or other LGBT-related treatment programs.
- Which aspects of the LGBT community are represented? Some LGBT rehab centers reach out to all members of the community, while others may be designed for a specific segment of the community. For example, lesbian drug rehab programs are meant only for gay women, and some don't cater to transgender women despite the fact that they may be lesbian too. You also may prefer an all-inclusive program that helps all members of the LGBT community to one that deals with only one segment of the population, depending on your needs.
- How much training do staff members have with LGBT issues? Although all rehab centers that cater to the LGBT community should be LGBT-accepting, some may not train staff as well. Make sure that staff members are not only accepting of your orientation, but have experience dealing with the problems that people of your orientation face. Staff should be equally experienced with LGBT issues and addiction issues so that the experience is most effective for you. Some LGBT rehab centers hire only people who are members of the community as well; if this is important to you, you should make sure that the centers you are considering follow this policy.
- What treatment programs are available? Don't get distracted by the fact that the program is LGBT-oriented; make sure you know exactly what treatment options are available. You want to choose a program that offers therapy and other treatments that you feel comfortable with.
- Is there aftercare available? You may need extra support after you finish your rehab program; a good program offers outpatient therapy and other support to people who have recently finished rehab.
- What is the program's success rate? The success rate should be fairly high. A program that doesn't work for most people probably isn't going to work for you. Don't expect perfection, however; no program works for everybody, so if a program boasts of a 100 percent success rate, the figure may not be honest.
- How much does the program cost? It's important to get details about costs up front. In addition to paying for services, many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rehab centers require you to pay for your own room and board. If you have special medical needs -- for example, if you are HIV-positive -- you may also have to pay extra for medicine and medical treatment while you are in rehab.
The answers to these questions can help you evaluate rehab centers and decide which one is right for you.
How to Find a Treatment Center
Call us today for help finding a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender rehab center in your area. We can help you find a program that will work well for your particular circumstances.
With a little luck and the right treatment, you can become more comfortable with yourself, your sexual orientation and/or your gender identity in addition to defeating your alcohol or drug addiction problem.
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