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Gay and Lesbian Drug or AlcoholTreatment

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Gay and Lesbian Drug or Alcohol Rehab Treatmenti can take many forms, but by far the most successful one has proven to be the “inpatient” or “residential” model.
The gay and lesbian community can now find intensive, onsite programs that provide continuous, customized care to address a variety of substance abuse issues and alcoholism.

The Challenges
One of the many challenges in getting gay men and women the help needed to combat their addiction is the additional shame associated with the problem.
Here you have a situation where society has already worked against these individuals, causing them to feel uncomfortable about who they are. NOW, add in the stigma of drug addiction and the problem becomes compounded further.

The importance of Gay and Lesbian Drug Treatment:
Treatment programs that work exclusively with homosexual men and women provide a safe haven, where the rehab process can be worked through without fear of recrimination because of one’s sexuality. Also, the counseling portion of gay drug treatment is likely to deal with issues specific to a gay man or woman that might have led to the drug addiction. In particular, shame and poor self-image, and common reasons for falling into a pattern of drug use.

What to Expect What can you expect from residential treatment?
The inpatient model includes therapeutic groups, ongoing pharmacological assessment and evaluation, individual therapy, wellness, nutrition support and activities that address mind, body and spirit. Many programs included a team on hand comprised of psychiatrists, licensed therapists, continuing care coordinators, nurses and other valued staff members who all work together to provide individuals in need of help with your complete treatment experience.

Treating drug addiction issues in a group setting with other gay men and women helps the individual get more accomplished because they do not need to worry about the stigma of “being gay in a straight group” in addition to the low self-esteem brought on by the drug use itself.

Special attention paid to crystal meth addiction
One of the deadliest, most addictive drugs in the world, crystal meth, has become a common fixture in the “party scene” among gay men. This highly addictive drug is particularly dangerous within the gay community because of the health issues associated with prolonged use, and the loss of inhibition the drug can bring about. This in turn leads to more unprotected sex, which can be highly risky because of the prevalence of HIV and AIDS within the population of gay men. Programs that treat homosexuals exclusively will be well-equipped to deal with crystal meth and other addiction substance issues – and can properly treat both the physical addiction to the drug or alcohol and the psychological/social component as well.

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