Addiction does not discriminate. Everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation, can struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Drug abuse and addiction are prevalent problems in the LGBTQ+ community, with its members struggling at rates nearly double that of the general population. A treatment center that specializes in LGBTQ+ addiction treatment can provide a safe, comfortable, and empowering environment for members of the community to discuss their experiences and pursue recovery.
New Bridge Foundation®’s LGBTQ+ addiction treatment is designed to address the unique challenges and needs of members of the LGBTQ+ community. We’re not just welcoming—our treatment center is a truly inclusive space where clients can feel comfortable expressing their identities and discussing issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community. Our ser is tailored to address not only addiction but also co-occurring mental health disorders, trauma, and other challenges our clients might be facing.
Voted one of the “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” in America four years in a row by Newsweek magazine, New Bridge Foundation® offers unparalleled and affordable professional addiction and mental health treatment services. Reach out to our team at 866.772.8491 today to get started.
Why We Offer LGBTQ+ Addiction Treatment
Many members of the LGBTQ+ community face unique challenges and struggles that can contribute to substance abuse and addiction. These might include family rejection, discrimination, violence, societal pressure to conform, or internalized homophobia or transphobia. As a result, LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.
They may also be less likely to seek help for their addiction due to fear of discrimination or lack of understanding from traditional treatment centers. This stigma and lack of support can lead to feelings of isolation, shame, and hopelessness. That’s why New Bridge Foundation® is committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking addiction treatment.
Benefits of LGBTQ+ Addiction Treatment
At New Bridge Foundation®®, our addiction treatment services provide an environment where LGBTQ+ individuals can interact with peers within the community, as well as discuss problems that are unique to them, in a specialized group and individualized counseling sessions, including:
- Strained relationships with family members
- Co-occurring mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression
- Confidently and comfortably expressing their sexual orientation or gender identity
- Negative internalized emotions
- Trauma related to coming out
Since clients work alongside others who possibly experienced similar problems, they can have peace of mind knowing that they will not face judgment and that they can relate to others in treatment.
An LGBTQ+ specialization also allows clients to create bonds and support systems that will last a lifetime. After clients complete treatment and return to their everyday lives, they can rely on the connections they made during treatment to support them. This is especially beneficial to those who may be returning to areas with small LGBTQ+ communities. Having others who understand your feelings and thoughts is crucial to a successful recovery journey, and building a sober, supportive LGBTQ+ network is an important aspect of recovery and identity.
Many individuals in the LGBTQ+ community who struggle with substance use disorders experience co-occurring conditions. Discrimination, homophobia, bullying, and other traumatic incidents can lead to anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health disorders among community members. These conditions frequently contribute to substance misuse and addiction, necessitating appropriate treatment and support.
LGBTQ+ addiction counseling helps clients delve into the underlying factors contributing to their challenges. By understanding the hows and whys behind these issues, individuals can develop effective coping strategies to safeguard against relapse. Some of the services and approaches we incorporate into treatment include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Individualized treatment planning
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
These services not only help clients understand themselves and the sources of their addictions, but they can also help form or repair bonds with others. In group counseling, clients learn how to relate to others and provide support. This form of counseling will also affect how they interact with others after they leave treatment.
Family counseling, which for LGBTQ+ clients may include biological family members and/or family of choice members, is crucial to those in the LGBTQ+ community. Some families struggle to understand their loved one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, with some even rejecting their family member altogether. Family support is vital in addiction recovery and identity development. Often, when biological families are unsupportive, an LGBTQ+ person will develop a family of choice to receive the support they need. This support helps them as they develop their identity and live their life in today’s society.
Reach Out Today for Addiction Treatment at New Bridge Foundation®
If you’re looking for LGBTQ+ addiction treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area, look no further than New Bridge Foundation®. Our compassionate staff of licensed professionals and certified addiction counselors understands how to support members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The path of recovery is not a journey to face alone. Take your first step toward a lifetime of recovery with New Bridge Foundation®. To get started with addiction treatment tailored for the LGBTQ+ community, call 866.772.8491 or reach out online today.