LGBTQ Addiction Treatment
LGBTQ Addiction Treatment at Banyan Stuart
Members of LGBTQ communities face unique challenges in many aspects of life, and this is especially true when it comes to addiction treatment. When choosing a facility for LGBT substance abuse treatment, there are many questions that may come to mind.
Does the facility offer more gender fluid housing for nonbinary or transgender patients?
Do the therapists understand what gay, queer, transgender, nonbinary, and other people in the LGBTQ community go through in relation to mental health and addiction?
At Banyan Detox Stuart, we’re proud to stand with all members of the LGBTQ communities by offering LGBTQ addiction treatment and detox programs.
Common Addictions for Gay and Bisexual Men
Though the acronym LGBTQ is always changing to include more members of these communities, there are many subsets of the LGBTQ community that face their own challenges. Homosexual men who are gay or bisexual may face their own difficulties with substance abuse. There are some common drugs abused by gay men that are prevalent in their communities.
Studies show that gay and bisexual men are at an increased risk to abuse illicit drugs.1 The more common drugs abused by gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer men include:
- Amyl nitrates, aka poppers
The CDC also notes that LGBTQ men are also susceptible to struggling with alcohol abuse, often drinking in attempts to cope with societal judgments or difficulties towards their sexual orientation.2 Therapy programs for LGBT who use drugs can help gay, queer, and homosexual men treat their drug addiction in a supportive environment.
Common Addictions for Gay, Bisexual, and Lesbian Women
Women in the LGBTQ community also face challenges when it comes to substance abuse. Gay bisexual women are at a greater risk for alcohol abuse, but they are also susceptible to additional struggles.1 Specifically, lesbians, bisexual, and gay women are reported to drink more frequently, in larger amounts, and for longer durations.3 Following medical alcohol detox, patients at Banyan Detox Stuart can enter specific LGBT substance abuse treatment tracks to address the personal and social factors that contributed to their active drug or alcohol addiction.
Addictions in the Transgender Community
Minority stress is one of the most challenging contributing factors to substance abuse among the LGBTQ community.4 Minority stress occurs in communities that are often marginalized, and transgender men, women, and nonbinary individuals are often the most marginalized out of LGBTQ communities. Transgender individuals struggle with substance abuse and alcoholism in varying degrees and substance types, and a unique approach is needed to help them heal.
Banyan’s LGBTQ Addiction Treatment in Florida
At our facility, we offer alcohol and drug treatment for LGBT individuals, giving patients the tools they need to get and stay sober. We understand the specific challenges LGBTQ individuals face and we are here to help facilitate healing. We also offer specific approaches to housing at our facility for residential drug treatment in Florida, where transgender patients can stay in housing that matches their preferred or presented gender. Call our team to learn more about our compassionate and healing approach to LGBT drug treatment and detox.
- APA – Substance use in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: An update on empirical research and implications for treatment.
- CDC – Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health, Substance Abuse
- NCBI – Substance Use in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: An Update on Empirical Research and Implications for Treatment
- NCBI – Minority stress and substance use in sexual minority adolescents: a meta-analysis.
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"Banyan Treatment Center was a life-changing experience for me. When I got here, I was planning on continuing to use, but with the help of staff and the community I was convinced to stay through the whole program, and I can honestly say it was the best decision I've ever made."
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"My experience was nothing short of amazing. The staff is excellent, they all went way out of their way to help me with whatever I needed. They gave me the tools i needed to succeed, and were always there for me when I completed the program and when I fell short. Thank you so much Banyan!"
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"Banyan was able to help me more than words can describe. They helped me save my life. I called in not really knowing what to expect or anything about treatment and the people I spoke with were able to walk me through every step of the way."