LGBTQ-Friendly Drug Rehab
At KLEAN Treatment Centers we work with the issues specific to the LGBTQ community. We offer support for both the physical and mental issues specific to this group. In our caring and non-judgemental milieu, we help you heal from the underlying issues faced by the LGBTQ community specifically. Our LGBTQ-friendly drug rehab facilities respect the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities. We also connect you with resources and support groups specific to the LGBTQ population. Not only is our staff a mix of straight and gay, our facility is located in West Hollywood, the epicenter of gay life in Los Angeles. There are recovery meetings around the clock at the LGBTQ center down the street from our center as well. While under our care you will also be working with our affiliate physician, Dr.Mark Honzel who is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. His experience and expertise in the LGBTQ community will provide clients the support and care needed while in treatment.
High Rates of Substance Abuse
Studies have shown that there are disproportionately high rates of substance abuse by gay and transgender people. It is estimated that between 20-30 percent of the gay and transgender population abuse substances as compared to about 9 percent of the general population. The abuse of drugs directly affects the overall health of the LGBTQ community; a community of people who have already had to deal with the negative effects of discrimination: stigmatization, bullying, prejudice, and a lack of equality.
We’ve come a long way since the first brave few took to the streets outside the Stonewall, yet we cannot minimize the stress faced by many who grow up gay or transgender even today. Consider the 14-year-old boy who faces exclusion, ostracization, who is not asked to be part of peer events, may be taunted, bullied or worse: face physical assault. The anxiety and fear experienced do not always abate as the LGBTQ person reaches adulthood. It is still legal in 29 states for gay and transgender people to be denied employment.
LGBTQ Community Struggles
Bars, clubs, and restaurants have been long-standing refuges for the LGBT community and often the only places LGBTQ people feel safe. Drugs and alcohol offer relief from the constant stress and underlying strain of them being marginalized, but eventually, both the person’s physical and mental health will suffer. Gay men represent the only demographic where HIV infection continues to rise. From an article by Tyler Curry in The Advocate, “But as the CDC states, alcohol and drug use among gay and bisexual men can be a reaction to homophobia, discrimination, or violence they experienced due to their sexual orientation.” And while substance abuse may be the only balm and solace to a painful life, it can result in mental and physical illness, loss of employment, and can threaten relationships.
Often gay and transgender people may hesitate to seek care for substance issues because they don’t feel that healthcare professionals are aware of their specific needs. They may fear hostility or judgment from care providers. These people may delay treatment or chose not to disclose their sexual or gender minority status.
KLEAN Treatment Centers Contributing Writer – Cara Coslow
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