Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Gay People

April 19, 2008

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There are many different drug rehabs that offer specialized programs that focus on different populations. Treatment programs have been designed exclusively for men, women, teens, eating disorder sufferers, but are there treatment programs uniquely set up for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender population?

The answer is yes, many treatment centers have begun to address the needs of this community and of unique programs for them. It is essential that programs create an atmosphere that patients feel comfortable enough to share their feelings and be honest in and don’t feel judged doing so. Often this group of people is judged or misunderstood by others and that can make it difficult for them to feel okay about sharing in a normal group setting.

Most rehabs claim to have services for the GLBT community, but that doesn’t mean they are the right place for a GLBT substance abuser. They should have unique services and counseling available specifically for this community. They should also make sure that counselors and staff are not judgmental and that they are tolerant of alternative lifestyles. 

Most good drug rehabs for gay people have the idea that the last day in treatment should be like their first day out in the real world. A treatment center does not have to be exclusively GLBT to be good for a gay person, it just has to have adequate services to meet their needs. Treatment does not last forever and it is important that you select a well established program with accreditations and a good reputation.

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