Statistics on Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community

Here are some startling facts that shed light on the profound difficulties of being LGBTQ+ in our culture:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ Americans have a substance use disorder (SUD)
  • 7.6 million LGBTQ+ people have both a mental illness and/or a SUD
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community experience higher rates of SUDs compared to the population as a whole— approximately 20% compared to 9%, respectively.
  • 37.6% of the LGBTQ+ community uses marijuana vs.16% of the general population
  • 9% misuse opioids vs. 3% of the general community

Many factors contribute to higher substance use among LGBTQ+ people, including the stress of social stigma, fears of being rejected by family members, and discrimination in the workplace. Many studies have found that when compared to cisgender and heterosexual groups, LGBTQ+ members have experienced higher levels of trauma, including school victimization, hate crimes, family conflict, and other stressful childhood experiences. Our LGBTQ+ treatment center in Los Angeles provides the resources needed to address these types of trauma.

LGTBQ+ Treatment Options at Profound Treatment in Los Angeles:

At our LGBTQ+ treatment center in Los Angeles, we celebrate and protect the LGBTQ+ community. We provide evidence-based care that allows people who identify as LGBTQ+ to move through residential detox, inpatient programs, and vocational training in a way that addresses their unique challenges.

We offer treatment modalities like psychosomatic therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help LGBTQ+ members learn to cope with the stressors and trauma they may have endured, like homophobia, transphobia, family problems, violence, social isolation, and being forced to live a closeted lifestyle.

We have 5 different locations for clients to choose from, with 6 beds at each center. We offer private rooms for LGBTQ+ clients, if they prefer the extra privacy. Importantly, we have licensed therapists (instead of just case managers and counselors) to ensure our staff can hold space for all that comes up in treatment. Our therapists have more insight and training into working with people of all communities.

We also understand that recovery doesn’t stop once treatment does. We have business relationships with IOPs and sober livings in the area that cater to the LGBTQ+ community, which have proven to be safe places for all our former clients.

Discover the first step towards recovery with Profound Treatment. Take our quick “Am I an Addict?” Quiz or the “Am I an Alcoholic?” Quiz to understand your relationship with substances. Your journey to healing starts here.

Substance Use Treatment Options for LGBTQ+ Individuals

LGBTQ+ members may fear rejection or abuse at a traditional treatment program, but studies have shown that LGBTQ+ individuals seek help for mental health disorders at a higher rate than their heterosexual counterparts.  At Profound, our substance abuse treatment centers are designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in a safe environment. We understand the need for affirming, nonjudgmental treatment plans that address the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Benefits of Treatment with LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

There are special benefits of attending Profound’s LGBTQ+ rehab center, including:

  • Peer support both during and after treatment
  • Staff members who have experience working with the LGBTQ+ community
  • Treatment for dual diagnoses

At our LGBTQ+ treatment center in Los Angeles, clients can focus on their recovery, including co-occurring disorders, without concerns they will be discriminated against. Our family programs can help LGBTQ individuals build healthy relationships with their loved ones.

Some common co-occurring disorders in the LGBTQ+ community are:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Eating disorders

Why Choose Profound Treatment for the LGBTQ Program?

If you are looking for an LGBTQ residential treatment center, Profound Treatment can help. We offer LGBTQ substance abuse treatment plans that focus on the causes of addiction. Our clinical team is experienced in working with people of all genders and identifications.

At our LGBT drug treatment centers, the goal is to help you be the healthiest version of yourself, not someone else’s idea of who you should be. If you need more reasons to seek treatment, check out these recovering addict quotes for inspiration.

Profound Treatment offers LGBTQ+ specific, intensive programming at our Los Angeles based residential treatment center, and our experienced clinicians structure treatment processes accordingly.

Profound Treatment clinicians integrate the history of the LBGTQ+ community into education sessions – highlighting the ways complex feelings (i.e., guilt and shame) often play a substantial role in our clients’ addictions. Our LGBTQ+-trauma program focuses on the underlying conditions that lead to clients’ drug and alcohol use (e.g., discrimination or stigmatization based on sexual orientation, rejection or shame from family or friends after coming out, etc).

Profound Treatment clinicians have the experience and background to effectively treat the LGBTQ community. Whether the addiction is to illicit substances like methamphetamine, prescription drugs or alcohol, our clinical team will craft a personalized treatment plan that focuses on addressing the issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community often experience, helping them establish meaningful linkages to needed resources within the LGBTQ+ community.

We also offer several treatment modalities that have been shown to be effective for the LGBTQ+ community including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and motivational interviewing, just to name a few.

The journey to recovery is different for each person which is why Profound offers various levels of care–from Detox and our Inpatient Rehab Program, to our specialized programs that can provide clients with a little more flexibility or potentially teach new life skills.

Sources:
https://nida.nih.gov/drug-topics/substance-use-suds-in-lgbtq-populations

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