Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Diversity and toleranceDespite ongoing efforts to banish bullying of people who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) reports that people who identify with the group face social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges more often than people who are heterosexual. The NIH says this group not only faces a greater risk of harassment and violence but also run an increased risk for various behavioral health issues, including addiction. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports that teenaged lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are two times more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol than their straight peers.

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Despite the statistics, few drug and alcohol treatment programs specifically serve this community. Some falsely advertise the inclusion of specialized treatment for LGBTQ people. In fact, of the 854 U. S. treatment programs that advertise such services, only 62 confirmed they actually exist. This means that about 70 percent of the addiction treatment services noted as specialized for LGBTQ people were identical to those provided to non-LGBTQ people. MFI creates personalized treatment programs for every client in our inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Our intake process is designed to make sure clients feel comfortable sharing as little (or as much) about their own journey as they wish. We encourage transparency, not just about sexual orientation, but about anything and everything that could play a role in establishing and feeding addiction.

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In many cases, tragically, addicted LGBTQ individuals indefinitely postpone treatment or opt not to disclose their sexual orientation during rehab. They make these choices out of fear that counselors and other clients could treat them with hostility or indifference. Their concerns about potentially encountering stigma, intolerance and open discrimination are understandable, since persecution among the general public is common. However, addicted LGBTQ people need not fear such encounters at MFI. Welcome to Acceptance concept

Although we can’t guarantee every person who enters our doors will agree with their every decision, at MFI, respect is not optional. Our LGBTQ-friendly staff encourage clients to rally around and support each other. This creates a sense of family at every MFI facility which often continues long after clients finish their treatment programs. As current alumni will attest, no matter your sex, age, race, cultural background, income bracket, religion, or sexual orientation, at MFI, you are family. In fact, the acronym for our recovery center says it all: MFI stands for “My Family Incorporated.”

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Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find our more, call (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.

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