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    In the world of recovery, there are many different kinds of treatment and rehabilitation centers that cater to the various communities in today’s society. For many years there were treatment centers that were strictly men’s programs, or women’s program, some specializing in eating disorders, dual diagnosis, or sex and love addiction. But what about the LGBT (Lesbian gay bisexual transgendered) community? Studies have shown that LGBT individuals are two to three times more likely to experience drug addiction than heterosexuals. This in part can be due to the shame or discrimination that many gays and lesbians endure throughout the process of their lives. Luckily state of the art gay friendly drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and sober livings are popping up all over the country, providing a safe haven for the LGBT community.

    One of the most important aspects in treatment is making sure that the client feels safe in their environment. In return this allows for the client to feel comfortable being open and honest with their feelings throughout the recovery process. Traditional drug and alcohol programs where the majority of the population is heterosexual can make members of the LGBT health community feel reluctant to share and open up about private and personal information from their past. This in part can be due to past experiences where they may have endured various forms of homophobia, prejudice, and judgment. Studies have shown that in these facilities condescending remarks and judgmental attitudes from heterosexual patients and/or staff members can stunt a person’s growth and prevent them from learning as much as possible from their treatment experience. In addition, sometimes the professionals working in treatment centers do not have personal experience or extensive knowledge in regards to certain aspects and issues of the gay community. This can cause a disconnect between the professional and the client, leaving the client unwilling to fully engage in their recovery.

    Throughout their lives, many gays and lesbians have had difficult experiences regarding homophobia and discrimination. This can cause various forms of shame and depression and may have been the catalyst of what caused them to turn to drugs or alcohol in the first place. It seems that the best method for treating addiction is by participating in a treatment plan that is as complimentary to the person’s own personal lifestyle. It is important that LGBT individuals are able to make friends and contacts with other sober gay and lesbians so that they may create a support team of peers that fully understands them. Treatment centers that cater to the gay and lesbian community provide clients to see and understand that their sexual orientation is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something to embrace. These facilities provide a safe atmosphere where they can feel comfortable to be open and honest, giving them maximum potential to be successful in leading a happy, sober, and substance free life.


    LGBT Resource Links:

    LOS ANGELES, CA

    Gay and Lesbian Center

    www.laglc.org

    1625 Schrader Boulevard

    Los Angeles, CA 90028

    323.993.7400

    APLA (Aids project Los Angeles)

    www.apla.org

    611 South Kingsley Drive

    Los Angeles CA 90005

    213.201.160

    Van Ness Recovery House

    1919 North Beachwood Drive

    Los Angeles, CA 90068

    323.463.1191

    Rainbow Bridge Community Service / Franks House

    www.rainbowbridgecommunityservices.org

    2530 Hyperion Ave

    Los Angeles CA 90027

    323.660.2670

    McIntyre House

    www.mcintyrehouse.org

    544 N. Kenmore Ave

    Los Angeles CA 90004

    La Fuente Sober Community

    www.lafuentehollywood.com

    323.464.2947

    Bridge Sober Living

    www.bridgeatmiraclemile.com

    323.935.2044

    The Tweakers Project

    www.tweakersproject.org

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN

    Pride Institute

    www.pride-institute.com

    14400 Martin Dr

    Eden Prairie, MN 55344

    952.934.7554

    All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church

    www.agcmcc.org

    3100 Park Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55407

    612.824.4609

    Park Avenue House / Grand House

    www.sobermn.com

    3112 Park Avenue South

    Minneapolis MN 55407

    612.879.5080

    612.290.3091 Grand House

    612.205.7124 Park Ave House

    Aliveness Project

    www.aliveness.org

    730 East 38th St

    Minneapolis MN 55407

    612.822.7946

    Minnesota AIDS Project

    www.mnaidsproject.org

    1400 Park Avenue S

    Minneapolis MN 55404

    612.341.2060

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA

    Westside Community Services

    www.westside-health.org

    1153 Oak Street

    San Francisco, CA 94117

    415.431.9000

    NorCal Crystal Meth Anonymous

    www.norcalcma.org

    415.835.4747

    New Leaf Services

    www.newleafservices.org

    103 Hayes Street

    San Francisco CA 94102

    415.626.7000

    The Center

    www.sfcenter.org

    1800 Market St

    San Francisco CA 94102

    415.865.5555

    AIDS Health Project

    www.ucsf-ahp.org

    415.476.3902

    1930 Market St

    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Dimensions Clinic

    www.dimensionsclinic.org

    415.934.7789

    3850 17th St

    San Francisco CA 94114

    Gaylesta

    www.gaylesta.org

    510.433.9939

    584 Castro Street #230

    San Francisco CA 94114

    Homeless Youth Alliance

    www.homelessyouthalliance.org

    1696 Haight St

    Stop AIDS Project

    www.stopaids.org

    415.575.0747

    207 Sanchez Street

    SanFrancisco CA 94114

    Outlet – LGBTQ Youth Services

    Bilingual Spanish Language Services

    www.projectoutlet.org

    711 Church Street

    Mountain View, CA 94041

    CHICAGO, IL

    Center on Halsted

    www.centeronhalsted.org

    3656 N Halsted

    Chicago IL 60613

    773.472.6469

    Living With Pride

    www.livingwithpride.com

    2543 W. Cullom

    Chicago IL

    60618

    livingwithpride@livingwithpride.com

    Valeo at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

    www.chicagolakeshorehospital.com/glbt

    4840 N Marine Drive

    Chicago, IL 60640

    800.888.0560

    Chicago House

    www.chicagohouse.org

    773.248.5200

    1925 N Clybourn Ave

    Suite 401

    Chicago, IL 60614

    Howard Brown Health Center

    www.howardbrown.org

    4025 N Sheridan Road

    Chicago, IL 60613

    773.388.1600

    Aids Foundation of Chicago

    www.aidschicago.org

    200 West Jackson Blvd

    Suite 2200

    Chicago, IL 60606

    312.922.2322

    Better Existence with HIV

    www.behiv.org

    1244 W Thorndale

    Chicago IL 60660

    773.293.4740

    Bonaventure House

    www.bonaventurehouse.org

    825 West Wellington Ave

    Chicago, IL 60657

    773.327.9921

    Aids Care Chicago

    www.aidscarechicago.org