Judgement Free Environment
Countless studies show the incidences of substance abuse and addiction are higher among people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or somewhere else on the spectrum of gender and sexuality.
The issues that stem from coming out, stigmatization, and trauma inflicted by others are compounded by the fact the LGBTQ+ community has historically faced challenges accessing healthcare. At AspenRidge, we strive to provide an environment free of bias or judgment including in the area of substance abuse and addiction treatment.
Discrimination and Addiction in the LGBTQ Community
Recently, addiction treatment centers have expanded access and programs to focus on the unique needs faced by the LGBTQ+ community. More facilities now offer treatment specifically designed to help gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals recover from substance use disorder. However, many of these programs aren’t totally inclusive, and they fail to provide a safe space for transgendered individuals. It can be challenging for LGBTQ+ to locate treatment centers that meet their needs without being confronted with bias and prejudice. By knowing what to look for, LGBTQ individuals can find the right treatment center to get them on the path to recovery. LGBTQ Drug and Alcohol rehab programs should be uniquely formatted to meet an individual’s challenges as it applies to marginalized communities and groups.
Throughout most of human history, members of the LGBTQ+ community have been marginalized and experienced extensive discrimination throughout their lives. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows LGBTQ persons who have experienced multiple forms of discrimination are four times more likely to develop substance use disorder.