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Mike Bayer, certified alcohol and drug counselor, discusses the benefits of LGBT treatment programs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender). Mike Bayer explains some issues which the LGBT community often deals with such as problems with coming out the closet, shame of sexuality and trauma due to internalized homophobia. LGBT treatment centers differ to normal treatment programs in the way that they are sensitive to these issues, their programs have a curriculum tailored to the LGBT community. The majority of staff at LGBT facilities also tends to be part of the LGBT community unlike regular treatment centers. Mike goes on to say that not every LGBT addict needs to go to a LGBT facility it depends on the person; factors such as their individual issues and their lifestyle outside of the facility.

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