LGBTQ Friendly Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility
Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Kansas Gladly Accepts Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Addicts.
Kansas LGBT Friendly Rehab CenterLesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) addicts can sometimes find themselves approaching rehabilitation in different ways than the heterosexual community. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on several occasions that members of the LGBT community experience:
- Higher likelihood of drug and alcohol usage
- Higher rates of substance abuse
- Higher likeliness to not stop using drugs and alcohol
- Higher chances to continually drink in later life
Things to Consider for LGBT Rehabs
There are certain things that only LGBT community members must consider when thinking of a rehab to enroll in. The very first thing that should be done is to see if a specific rehab has experience in treating LGBT patients.
LGBT patients could also be dealing with issues of anxiety, mental depression, and suicidal thoughts centered on things related to their sexuality. A treatment center with experience in counseling LGBT patients is far more preferable than one with none.
LGBT persons often feel ostracized in society, and are discriminated against in several ways. It is important for a LGBT patient to find a drug rehab that will not only be attentive to their needs, but also supportive of their life choices.
Many prestigious treatment centers can often find themselves with mixed results in their LGBT patients simply because they have no had enough experience with treating them. It’s important to do a search on your own, as well as asking trusted individuals such as a doctor.
Discrimination of LGBTs in Rehab
The world becomes more progressive every year, but LGBT individuals should pay special attention to certain aspects of rehab programs so they are not discriminated against.
First, transsexual patients should inquire about whether they would be placed with their biological gender or their transitional gender in a rehab program. Placing them with the gender they don’t identify as can significantly disrupt the rehab process and create even more wounds as the patient struggles with both their sexuality and their sobriety.
Secondly, certain rehab organizations may see LGBT people in a less positive light than heterosexual people. This can be especially true for some religious, faith-based rehab groups, if their religious text promotes unions between a man and a woman only.
Finally, LGBT people should also be wary of 12-step programs. This is because 12-step programs have evangelical roots, and many times involve “surrendering yourself to a higher power” to help you overcome your addiction. LGBT members may see some resistance in these groups, which can compromise the quality of rehab.
LGBT Treatment Centers
On a brighter note, LGBT treatment centers have been gaining more traction in America. These centers are either specifically geared towards treating members of the LGBT community, or they treat everybody but have very good results and experience with the LGBT community. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Kansas, we pride ourselves in being one of those rehab centers.
If you are in a situation where an LGBT individual near you needs help, you may want to consider finding a treatment center that has experience treating people of his or her sexuality. Give us a call today.