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LGBT Community and Addiction

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 programs, some specializing in eating disorders, dual diagnosis, or sex and love addiction but what about the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) 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.

Addiction Treatment

One of the most important aspects in treatment is making sure:

  • The client feels safe in their environment
  • The client feels 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.

Treatment Challenges

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 regard 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 engage in their recovery fully.

Recovery Plans For LBGT Community

Recovery Plans For LBGT Community

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 gays and lesbians so that they may create a support team of peers that fully understands them.

Treatment Centers

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 the maximum potential to be successful in leading a happy, sober, and substance-free life.

Besides, LBGT rehab centers help to treat co-occurring mental illness to ensure long-lasting recovery. By improving both the physical and mental health of these people, such rehabs aim to provide them with a better chance to survive in society.


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, here some addiction facts about the LBGT community:

  • Gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are 18 percent more likely to have alcohol use problems and 20 percent more chance of having substance abuse problems.
  • LGBT people are more likely to start drinking early during their lifetime.
  • 77 percent of gay/lesbian people and only 57 percent of transgender tend to have access to health care programs.

A high risk of cognitive impairment such as depression and a high likelihood of physical disability, limitation

LGBT Resource Links:


Gay and Lesbian Center

1625 Schrader Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028


APLA (Aids project Los Angeles)

611 South Kingsley Drive

Los Angeles CA 90005


Van Ness Recovery House

1919 North Beachwood Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90068


Rainbow Bridge Community Service / Franks House

2530 Hyperion Ave

Los Angeles CA 90027


McIntyre House

544 N. Kenmore Ave

Los Angeles CA 90004

La Fuente Sober Community


Bridge Sober Living


The Tweakers Project


Pride Institute

14400 Martin Dr

Eden Prairie, MN 55344


All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church

3100 Park Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55407


Park Avenue House / Grand House

3112 Park Avenue South

Minneapolis MN 55407


612.290.3091 Grand House

612.205.7124 Park Ave House

Aliveness Project

730 East 38th St

Minneapolis MN 55407


Minnesota AIDS Project

1400 Park Avenue S

Minneapolis MN 55404



Westside Community Services

1153 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94117


NorCal Crystal Meth Anonymous


New Leaf Services

103 Hayes Street

San Francisco CA 94102


The Center

1800 Market St

San Francisco CA 94102


AIDS Health Project


1930 Market St

San Francisco, CA 94102

Dimensions Clinic


3850 17th St

San Francisco CA 94114



584 Castro Street #230

San Francisco CA 94114

Homeless Youth Alliance

1696 Haight St

Stop AIDS Project


207 Sanchez Street

SanFrancisco CA 94114

Outlet – LGBTQ Youth Services

Bilingual Spanish Language Services

711 Church Street

Mountain View, CA 94041


Center on Halsted

3656 N Halsted

Chicago IL 60613


Living With Pride

2543 W. Cullom

Chicago IL


Valeo at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

4840 N Marine Drive

Chicago, IL 60640


Chicago House


1925 N Clybourn Ave

Suite 401

Chicago, IL 60614

Howard Brown Health Center

4025 N Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60613


Aids Foundation of Chicago

200 West Jackson Blvd

Suite 2200

Chicago, IL 60606


Better Existence with HIV

1244 W Thorndale

Chicago IL 60660


Bonaventure House

825 West Wellington Ave

Chicago, IL 60657


Aids Care Chicago