TrueCare Treatment Center: LGBTQIA Patient Experience
We offer chemical dependency treatment services that specifically welcome individuals from the LGBTQIA community.
TrueCare Treatment Centers offer high quality services specifically designed to ensure the best patient experience for individuals suffering from addiction who are part LGBTQIA community
The treatment curriculum addresses coping with coming out, confusion around sexual orientation, and gender identity, societal stigma and discrimination, HIV/AIDS, death and dying, same-sex relationship dynamics, homophobia, and heterosexism, the fusion of drugs and sex, and healthy sexuality.
TrueCare Treatment Centers also offer LGBTQIA-integrative programming for co-occurring mental health and trauma issues, which address internalized homophobia and shame by creating an environment that supports healing in a predominantly heterosexual milieu. In this way, LGBTQIA clients are given a new experience of acceptance and validation, one that seems imperative to a successful recovery.
Why is it so important to have specialized LGBTQIA services? Shouldn’t we treat everyone equally?
Case studies observing specialized services have found that LGBTQIA-specific programs can more effectively treat sexual minorities with substance use disorders by addressing unique issues that are often overlooked in traditional programs. This is consistent with evidence from other special populations, such as women and children, who have benefited a great deal from specialized treatment services over the past several years. Interviews with LGBTQIA patients after treatment also indicate that specialized programs would overwhelmingly be preferred to standard one-size-fits-all services.
Counselors: Many LGBTQIA patients report that their main dissatisfaction with programs stems from feeling a lack of acceptance. Consider incorporating themes of acceptance into treatment for all populations and incorporate themes pertinent to members of the LGBTQIA community when treating patients who identify as a sexual minority.
LGBTQIA Patients: While it may be difficult to find specialized LGBTQIA recovery services, it is important to note that studies have found that LGBTQIA patients report comparable outcomes to heterosexual populations, even in traditional programs. If you feel you may have a substance use disorder and need help to achieve sobriety, traditional programs can help you, even if they lack LGBTQIA-specific services.