LGBTQ ProgramLGBTQ Addiction Treatment in Orange County, CA
Over recent years there has been a wonderful evolution toward the LGBTQ community within the addiction treatment field. This evolution was spawned for a number of reasons, the biggest of which being the tremendous growth in substance abuse issues within this community, both here in Orange County and Southern California as well as nationwide. While the predominance of Methamphetamine (aka. speed, meth, crystal and glass) within the LGBTQ community is quite profound, there has also been a shift toward other very addictive drugs, such as cocaine, GHB, ecstasy (MDMA), molly and a variety of others.
Lotus Place Recovery of Orange County, CA offers a specialized addiction treatment track for the LGBTQ community. As we know, drug & alcohol abuse and addiction in general present major challenges for anyone, but even more so for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Rates of substance abuse are significantly higher in this community for many reasons:
- Higher rates of depression among LGBTQ individuals
- A need to escape constant social stigmas, homophobia and discrimination
- Desires to numb or enhance sexual feelings
- To Ease shame and guilt related to LGBTQ identity
- Family shame and/or religious conflicts
- Pressure from peers to use substances / Avoiding negative core beliefs
- Trauma is constantly re-experienced when “rewounding” occurs from family, friends and society.
It is a double-edged sword, in that many of the factors contributing to the development of addiction in LGBTQ individuals, also prevent them from seeking treatment. Addiction and mental illness carry a heavy social stigma on their own, but an LGBTQ identity compounds that stigma even more. Additionally, many in the LGBTQ community worry that they will not be able to find treatment in an environment that makes them feel safe. Many are unwilling to enter traditional addiction recovery programs due to their fear of being targeted, ostracized or bullied by heterosexuals in these recovery programs.
With a foundation in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy, Lotus Place Recovery has created a warm, open, empathic and safe space to help clients. We believe everyone deserves a meaningful life without substances and that it is possible no matter the background a person comes from. We also believe, and experience has shown, that providing targeted and customized addiction treatment services for the LGBTQ community almost always garners higher success rates with respect to long-term, high quality sobriety.For more information about Lotus Place Recovery in Orange County, California please contact our staff 24/7 at (888) 735-3832.