At Cornerstone we are passionate about diversity and equality. However, we also understand that not everything works out equally. For example, Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) impact those within the LGBTQ+ community much more than those in the heterosexual population.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
Substance Use Disorders impact 20-30% of the LGBTQ+ population, compared to 8.4% of the general population. If we want to try to help change these statistics, it is really important that we understand why this population is more likely to turn to substances than the general population. Knowing why someone uses drugs and/or alcohol can help friends and family support their loved ones into and during recovery. For this reason Cornerstone offers group education sessions about LGBTQ+ issues for both participants of their treatment programs, as well as family members as part of the family and couples therapy sessions.
Some of the most common reasons members of the LGBTQ+ community may turn to drugs include: being bullied; discriminated against; feeling unsupported by friends and family and/or socially isolated. Any one of these issues on their own can cause an individual to turn to substances, however often individuals within the LGBTQ+ community are struggling with more than one underlying cause. Suffering through such negative experiences through early life can also increase the possibility of a vulnerable individual developing a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety.
At Cornerstone, we understand that all individuals are unique, and therefore we will tailor treatment to a person’s specific conditions, addictions and mental health disorders. However, we are also aware that people within the LGBTQ+ community will respond better to treatment if they are within an LGBTQ+ friendly treatment center, where other people have experienced the same issues as they have, and they are able to talk in groups dedicated specifically to LGBTQ+ issues.
What specialized services do we offer for people within the LGBTQ+ Community?
We offer process groups that are specifically focused on gender and sexuality. These groups are split between LGBTQ+ members only and open groups where anyone who is curious about exploring these issues can join. We also allow partners and family members to participate in the open LGBTQ+ groups.
Does our program take sexual orientation and identity into consideration with living arrangements?
Yes our program does take sexual orientation and identity extremely seriously when it comes to living arrangements. We make sure that all genders and identities are recognized and we ensure that all of our residents feel safe and understood at all times.
If you or your LGBTQ+ loved one is looking for treatment from substance abuse, Cornerstone can offer tailored treatment that is sensitive and empathetic towards the needs of this specific community. We offer personalized care in an open and non-judgmental environment. Contact our LGBTQ+ experts at Cornerstone today to start your recovery journey.