When you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, it should not matter if you are an LQBTQ client. What is important is making certain you receive the help you need. An addiction turns your world upside down. You are most likely scared, uncertain what steps you should take and need help. These are just a few of the reasons so many rehab centers in Florida accept LQBTQ clients. You will be given the help you need in a safe and secure environment to help you take the first step toward recovery.
Reasons for Choosing a Program Tailored to Your Needs
Yes, you can receive treatment at a traditional rehab center, but there is an important difference with an LGBTQ-friendly center. The staff understands your needs and has experience with sexual expression and orientation. Unfortunately, some of the staff members of traditional centers may be uncomfortable. You may feel left out, isolated or even ostracized at a traditional treatment center. An LGBTQ-friendly facility will make certain you feel like you belong during your treatment.
Your counselor will understand the development of your sexual identity and the process of coming out. These concepts will be an important part of your treatment setting. The staff will be able to help you recover from substance abuse better because they have received formal training to ensure they understand the relationship between substance abuse and LGBTQ issues. You can stop the cycle of addiction, recover, learn to understand why you became addicted and live a full and contented life.
You will receive help with any identity issues you may be experiencing that were a part of your addiction. You may need to explore your sexual orientation before you can understand the reasons you abused alcohol or drugs. Not only will you receive the help you need for your addiction, but you will also be helped with any specific LGBTQ issues as well.
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Individual treatment is more effective than one treatment intended for everyone because no two people are the same. This is especially true for members of the LGBTQ community. Every facility offers critical support programs to help you throughout your recovery. An LGBTQ friendly-facility will offer more targeted programs. You will stay in an accepting environment. This means any issues regarding names, housing and bathrooms are both understood and accepted.
Your treatment will be backed by an understanding of your sexual preference and your addiction. If you are addicted to numerous substances, have a medical issue such as hepatitis or HIV or have a mental health disorder, you will be treated with knowledge, understanding and compassion. One of the most critical aspects of your treatment is group therapy. The people in therapy with you will be facing very similar life experiences.
You will be more comfortable and involved with both your healing process and your group because you will not feel like an outsider. You will be able to relate to and participate in all of your group discussions. Additional services for counseling will be provided for your family and your partner. Unfortunately, traditional marriage counseling and family therapy are not always effective for members of the LGBTQ community.
Your counselor will take your sexual orientation into account whether you have a partner or are currently single. This is important because your sexual orientation or relationship issues may have been a part of your addiction.
The Unfair Discrimination of the LGBTQ Community
You may have faced rejection or discrimination from society. For this reason, you may be concerned about disclosing your sexual orientation. Some shelters and agencies may be disapproving or discriminatory. This is not an issue with an LGBTQ-friendly center. Nobody will attempt to change your personal beliefs because they are an important part of who you are. You will not feel like a victim. You will receive treatment for your addiction and the person you are.
Getting the Help You Need
You do not have to continue suffering from your addiction. Help is available to place you on the path to recovery. Our counselors are here to help you 24/7. We encourage you to call us today at 833-846-5669.