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LGBTQ People and Living Sober

LGBTQ People Living Sober

There are difficulties specific to LGBTQ people and recovery. The isolation so common with addiction and recovery is especially pronounced for LGBTQ people. Not only are they too often forced to hide their addiction. They have the added loneliness of frequently having to hide who they actually are. What is more, there still are not many treatment programs which specialize in treatment for the LGBTQ community. Even as they enter treatment, the feelings of alienation and isolation can persist. Fortunately this is changing.

There are, around the world, an emerging set of groups made up of LGBTQ people in recovery. There is even a movement to bring LGBTQ rights and concerns to the recovery world. As the specific needs and complications of LGBTQ people become more known. Members of the LGBTQ community have become more vocal and active in the realms of treatment in recovery and the recovery community has come together to meet those needs. In Australia there are numerous groups specifically and entirely made up of the LGBTQ people. It is not as if they have created and exclusive space. It is more that the LGBTQ community has come together to create a communal space of their own.

The intense need to be honest is of paramount importance to these emerging recovery groups. In more traditional, and possibly old-fashioned, recovery programs. The honesty necessary for real and meaningful recovery can often be impossible for LGBTQ people. Feeling doubly alienated by addiction and a dominant world which may or may not accept them forces LGBTQ people to withhold themselves. In the growing number of groups dedicated to LGBTQ people this honesty is open and welcome. People can speak freely about themselves and their lives as addicted people without fear of being persecuted.

These groups made up of LGBTQ people also know first-hand the types of addictions which are more prevalent in their community. For example, the use of methamphetamine in the LGBTQ community is substantially higher than in the straight world. The “culture” of meth maybe misunderstood in standard treatment programs and recovery groups. In the recovery programs and recovery support groups specifically geared toward the LGBTQ community these types of cultural pressures are well understood and can be properly dealt with. Specific needs which may otherwise be glossed over in a standard treatment program are treated with a higher level of awareness on treatment programs which are made up of and/or geared toward the LGBTQ community.

There now exists throughout Australia the “Gay & Sober Network” which reaches out to and supports all members of the LGBTQ community. There are also full treatment programs which are made up of staffed specifically trained to work with LGBTQ people. DARA Drug and Alcohol Rehab offers programs especially tailored to the LGBTQ world. Since the treatment programs at DARA are based on the most up to date scientific evidence and the most current issues in the world of recovery. The treatment programs are fully in touch with the specific needs of the LGBTQ community.

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