Discrimination in the LGBTQIA+ Community

The LGBTQIA+ community frequently faces social stigmas, discrimination, violence, and harassment, which increase the risk of mental health disorders and addictions. Our philosophy at STR Behavioral Health is that a welcoming and inclusive environment is crucial to the recovery and healing process for all.

7.6 Million Adults

There were 7.6 million LGBTQIA+ adults affected by substance use disorders or mental health disorders in 2019, and only 7.4% of treatment programs offered specialized services to them.

Internal and External Trauma Factors

Gender and sexual orientation among other factors have been shown to significantly increase trauma experienced by LGBTQIA+ individuals.

The Importance of LGBTQIA+ Addiction Treatment

STR Behavioral Health is nationally recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for providing services to the LGBTQIA+ community. We offer specialized process groups designed to allow the LGBTQIA+ community a safe, friendly, and open environment to share their stories.

Our staff is trained to meet the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals and provides a welcoming, safe, and gender-affirming environment. Visit the Healthcare Equality Index on the HRC website to learn more about what it means to be an affirmative treatment provider.

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Finding LGBTQIA+ Friendly Treatment Centers

STR Behavioral Health offers LGBTQIA+ affirming housing and clinical groups, as well as trained and supportive staff members that focus on advocacy and assistance with community resources. LGBTQIA+ specialized process groups are offered at all levels of care at our LGBTQIA+ rehab centers. We offer a detox program followed by LGBTQIA+ substance abuse treatment, as well as primary mental health treatment options.

FAQs About Our Specialized LGBTQ+ Care

The LGBTQIA+ community faces many challenges, including social stigma, discrimination, violence, and harassment. It is possible that these challenges may increase the risk of behavioral health issues such as addiction and mental illness. We at Steps to Recovery strongly believe that LGBTQIA+ treatment needs to be welcoming and inclusive. It is vital to feel comfortable and supported during the recovery and healing processes. Our LGBTQIA+ treatment centers offer the following treatment:
  • LGBTQIA+ and allies process groups
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Affirming housing
  • Individualized treatment plans

Health Equality Index membership means STR Behavioral Health has LGBTQIA+ visibility in our treatment center, allowing our clients to feel comfortable being themselves. This helps break down barriers for individuals who question their sexuality and gender identity to focus on substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Each member of our staff at our LGBTQIA+ treatment center undergoes continuous education to help them recover from their disorders. Each year, STR Behavioral Health staff participates in a minimum of 30 hours of training. These trainings include:

  • Gender-affirming care training
  • Inclusion trainings
  • LGBTQIA+ cultural and competent care training
  • LGBTQIA+ healthcare training and education

STR Behavioral Health provides drug and alcohol treatment to LGBTQIA+ individuals as well as LGBTQIA+ affirming housing, clinical groups, and trained and supportive staff for advocacy and resources in the community. Our LGBTQIA+ rehab centers provide detox and residential treatment, a family program, and an alumni program. We also offer a detox program for those who are not ready for residential treatment.

Those who have completed our LGBTQIA+ mental health and addiction treatment have access to our Alumni Program. Additionally, we continue to support the LGBTQIA+ community through hosting events like PRIDE and other community gatherings.
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