Substance use disorders affect thousands of Americans each year, but certain communities face unique and disproportionate challenges. The LGBTQ+ community specifically faces increased risk factors and barriers to treatment, making them especially vulnerable to developing a substance use disorder. LGBTQ+ individuals need treatment that is sensitive to these factors and is focused on meeting their needs. Current research suggests that LGBTQ+ addiction treatment programs have shown improved success rates and better health outcomes for clients.
New Bridge Foundation® offers our own robust and affordable LGBTQ+ addiction treatment that is focused on addressing the specific challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Our staff will work directly with you to create an individualized treatment plan that is attentive to your needs and concerns. Our record of compassionate and effective care includes being ranked as one of America’s “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” by Newsweek magazine for two consecutive years (2020, 2021). If you or a loved one needs LGBTQ+ addiction treatment, call New Bridge Foundation® at 866.772.8491.
Addiction and the LGBTQ+ Community
Data from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) suggests that severe alcohol use and illicit drug use reported by lesbian, gay, or bisexual adults are higher than heterosexual adults. Though the data does not include transgender people or other identities encompassed under the LGBTQ+ label, it can provide a useful starting point to examine substance use trends.
The LGBTQ+ community also faces several risk factors which may contribute to increased substance use. These can include:
- Trauma and adverse childhood experiences
- Rejection and isolation from friends or family
- Increased threats of violence
- Healthcare discrimination
- Housing and employment discrimination
- Fear of coming out to family and friends
- Pressure from spiritual organizations or communities
- Increased rates of mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety
Due to these factors, many in the LGBTQ+ community turn to substances as a way to self-medicate. Substances can be used as a way to numb feelings of anxiety, depression, or dysphoria or can be used to increase sociability to better feel as if you “fit in.” However, in the long run, increased rates of substance use can lead to addiction and exacerbate existing mental health struggles.
How Addiction Centers Can Provide Support for the LGBTQ+ Community
In addition to facing increased risk factors for substance abuse, many LGBTQ+ individuals face barriers to accessing treatment. These can include:
- Financial disparities
- Lack of knowledge about LGBTQ+ issues
- Transportation requirements
LGBTQ+ addiction treatment should not only address addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders but also account for the barriers their LGBTQ+ clients face. LGBTQ+ addiction treatment offers help coping with LGBTQ+-specific issues, such as discrimination, coming out, family rejection, social stigma, or abuse and harassment.
Quality LGBTQ+ addiction treatment, through the individualized treatment plan, help you address issues that extend beyond completion of the program. This can include:
- Housing assistance such as a referral to sober living
- Discharge follow-up
- Aftercare coordination
Addressing these issues can help alleviate broader factors that can lead to relapses, such as unemployment, homelessness, or social isolation. Treatment will be delivered to you by staff who are supportive, affirming, and knowledgeable on LGBTQ+ issues or are members of the community themselves.
Learn More About Your LGBTQ+ Addiction Treatment Options with New Bridge Foundation®
At New Bridge Foundation®, we recognize the unique risks and barriers our LGBTQ+ clients face, and we are committed to meeting these challenges with the best possible addiction care. Our services include:
- Detox program
- Short-term residential rehab
- Long-term residential rehab
- Short-term outpatient rehab
- Telehealth services for California residents
- Free aftercare for life
If you or a loved one is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and is seeking addiction treatment, learn more about our LGBTQ+ affirming care by calling 866.772.8491 or filling out our online contact form.