Addiction Recovery
LGBTQIA+ in recovery
By BrightView
Published: June 19, 2024
Updated: June 19, 2024

While recovery from a substance or alcohol use disorder is difficult, it’s even tougher for vulnerable populations like the LGBTQIA+ community. This group faces unique challenges due to stigma and discrimination within and outside healthcare settings. This can limit their access to addiction treatment and prevent sustained recovery.

This is just one reason why LGBTQIA+ patients experience higher rates of alcohol and substance use disorders. In fact, one-third of bisexual men, bisexual women, and gay men had an SUD. While one fourth of lesbians also had one.


Minority Stress Theory Details Factors Creating Inequalities

The minority stress theory suggests that the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized groups, experience additional stress due to prejudice, discrimination, stigma, and lack of support, which can lead to substance use disorders and mental health issues.

But despite this well-documented need for culturally competent, inclusive addiction treatment programs, these patients often find their options are limited.

1/3rd of bisexual men/women, and gay men had an SUD, while 1/4th of lesbians also had one.

BrightView’s Amy Aydelotte and Jennifer Curran recently discussed how providers can ensure their addiction treatment is considerate of sexual orientation and gender identity.


Is Your Addiction Treatment Program LGBTQIA+ Friendly?

While cultural, psychosocial, and environmental factors cannot be fully addressed, the pair discussed the importance of inclusivity, diversity hiring, safe spaces, affirming identities, and understanding underlying causes.

Check out this full-length recording to learn more about how to make sure your treatment program is inclusive of LGBTQIA+ patients.

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