The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) has noted that members in LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) populations have a disproportionately high rate of addiction and difficulties with substance abuse. Some research has proposed this is due to the result of individuals experiencing certain challenges related to identifying as non-heterosexual. Individuals that identify as LGBTQ are often subject to hate crimes (e.g., physical and/ or emotional abuse, threats, public humiliation, etc.), sexual orientation discrimination, and/ or rejection from loved ones. While not all individuals who identify as LGBTQ struggle with co-occurring mental or sexual disorders, some do, and when applicable, it is advantageous to undergo all aspects of treatment and continuum of care with a dual diagnosis approach. Depending on an individual’s specific needs and preferences, he or she may elect to move into a sober living home after the completion of a substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment program. Sober livings are optional, drug and alcohol-free, group homes that serve as a transitional residence where individuals can continue to focus on prioritizing sobriety and implementing the information learned during treatment, prior to returning to their home environment. There are mainstream sober living facilities that welcome members of the LGBTQ community, and some specialized sober livings that are solely comprised of individuals identifying as LGBTQ.
Much like any component of the substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment process, there are many options when it comes to sober livings. This can make the process seem overwhelming. In order narrow down your options and simplify the process of finding a LGBTQ sober living residence consider the following tips:
- Be clear with your preferences: understand your own preferences and make sure the sober living home you are considering can accommodate them.
- Ask questions: do not be afraid to ask any questions that may come to mind regarding the sober living home.
- Availability: even if you find the perfect sober living residence, if they do not have any open spaces, it is best to move on to the next option.
- Location: make sure the location of the sober living is geographically feasible.
- Cost: The costs and fees associated with each sober living facility are variable. Make sure costs associated with residing in the sober living home of your choice are not financially prohibitive.
While sober living facilities are not intentionally exclusive, some facilities may not be welcoming to all. The purpose of a sober living facility is to provide a safe and structured environment. For the residents to feel a sense of security and emotional safety, they must feel comfortable in their surroundings. Residing in a sober living facility that caters to the LGBTQ community allows a safe, sober environment for people to continue with their recovery process at their own pace.
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If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. If left untreated, substance abuse can result in long lasting and potentially life-threatening consequences. Keep in mind: you are not alone! There is an entire network of professionals that are available to help and support you and your loved one throughout the recovery process. The earlier you seek support, the sooner your loved one can return to a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding our specific program at Haven House Addiction Treatment and/ or general substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment related information. Our highly trained staff is readily available to discuss how we might best be able to help you and your loved one. We can be reached by phone at 424-318-3777. You are also welcomed to contact anytime us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.