LGBTQ+ Treatment in San Diego

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), LGBTQ+ individuals are at a greater risk for behavioral health issues. Chronic substance misuse can be extremely detrimental to your life. Addiction can impede your ability to function in your daily life, achieve life goals, and maintain healthy relationships. Therefore, tailored LGBTQ+ treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) can give you the tools to thrive.

At Sober Life, we know how difficult it can be to find affordable and flexible treatment that fits your life. Despite how busy your life may be, your health and well-being do not have to be sacrificed. With support, you can learn how to not just get through the day but thrive in your life. We are committed to providing flexible and personalized care to foster your long-term healing with LGBTQ+ treatment for SUD.

Addressing the Challenges of SUD in the LGBTQ+ Community

Developing an addiction is not the path anyone imagines their life going down. There are a variety of risk factors that can contribute to the development of one or more addictions. A significant factor that contributes to the increased risk for SUD in the LGBTQ+ community is minority stress. As noted in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversityminority stress happens when minority groups experience excessive stress from experiences with stigma and discrimination.

Moreover, marginalized groups like the LGBTQ+ community experience minority stress in the form of:

  • Discrimination
  • Prejudice
  • Rejection
  • Expectation of rejection
  • Verbal and physical assaults
  • Concealment of identity
  • Internalized stigma

Experiencing intense external and internal stress about a fundamental part of your identity is deeply distressing. Minority stress is difficult to withstand when you are bombarded with stigma on multiple levels in your daily life. When you are overwhelmed by your distress, it becomes challenging to cope in healthy ways. Moreover, difficulties with minority stress can lead to challenges with mental health disorders, SUD, and other behavioral issues like risky sexual behavior.

As noted in “Providing Care for Addictions in the LGBT Community” from the National LGBT Health Education Center, minority stress coupled with SUD increases challenges with:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Sex work
  • Low income
  • Unemployment
  • Unstable housing
  • Lower academic success
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV)
  • Mental health disorders
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Other anxiety disorders
    • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation

Minority stress coupled with the challenges of unaddressed SUD and mental health disorders, creates a harmful cycle of overwhelming psychological distress and substance misuse through self-medicating. While the challenges of sexual and gender minority stigma and co-occurring disorders are understandably overwhelming, you are not alone. Seeking tailored LGBTQ+ treatment for SUD and mental health disorders can give you access to support that acknowledges your specific challenges.

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Finding LGBTQ+ Treatment for SUD at Sober Life

At Sober Life, we believe treatment and recovery should go beyond treating an individual addiction. Many traditional rehabs focus on treating substance abuse with sobriety as the end goal. However, focusing solely on treating the addiction does not consider how your experiences have impacted your addiction. Thus, at Sober Life, we believe in taking a holistic approach to LGBTQ+ treatment to address the root causes of your challenges. Through holistic care, we can address your specific needs and experiences with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

We believe in providing LGBTQ+ treatment for SUD and co-occurring disorders because you deserve support that is committed to your long-term recovery. Therefore, our LGBTQ+ treatment focuses on healing you as a whole person to give you the tools you need for lasting success and life satisfaction. Furthermore, as a Joint Commission-accredited rehab and mental health services center, we are committed to providing flexible and low-structure program care to support your lifelong well-being in mind, body, and spirit.

Discover Your Path to Recovery

At Sober Life, we believe recovery is for everyone because true recovery happens when you have the space to explore and reflect on your own experiences. With a flexible and customizable LGBTQ+ treatment plan, you are empowered to discover the path to recovery that makes sense for you. Through our addiction recovery and mental health approach to care, you can engage in a holistic and resiliency-focused care plan that fosters your strengths to overcome obstacles to build a healthier you.

Addiction Recovery Approach

Through flexible and personalized attention, we offer an LGBTQ+ treatment plan to meet your specific needs for long-term recovery. Whether you need more intensive day-to-day support or a helping hand as you build your independence, there is a path to healing for you.

Listed below are some of our holistic and low-structure addiction services to address your specific needs for healing in LGBTQ+ treatment:

  • Outpatient detoxification program
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Virtual intensive outpatient programs (VIOP)
  • Veteran IOP
  • Aftercare
    • Family program
    • Alumni

Our commitment to services-oriented LGBTQ+ treatment for addiction is designed to support your long-term sobriety and fulfillment in life.

Mental Health Recovery Approach

Unfortunately, mental health disorders have a long history of stigma that we as a community have been working to dismantle. However, being an LGBTQ+ individual also comes with stigma and a variety of related stressors that impede access to resources, safety, and fulfillment. The distress that accompanies LGBTQ+ stigma not only contributes to SUD but also the development of mental health disorders. As NIDA notes, compared to heterosexual and non-transgender counterparts, LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to have co-occurring mental health disorders. Some common disorders in the LGBTQ+ community include:

  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidality

Therefore, with our HealthyU program, Sober Life offers a variety of therapeutic modalities to treat your specific needs for healing:

  • IOP
  • Hybrid IOP
    • Virtual group IOP
  • PHP
  • Veteran IOP

Whether you have co-occurring mental health disorders and addiction or not, our masters-level mental health clinicians will collaborate with you to build the right treatment plan for you. We are committed to working with you to tailor a plan of care that will empower you to develop adaptive coping skills to support you in leading the fulfilling life you deserve.

Benefits of Specialized LGBTQ+ Treatment in a Healing Space

Despite the challenges and distress of LGBTQ+ stigma, you still have work, school, and family obligations to maintain. Thus, the thought of addressing your distress and its impact on you can feel impossible or even too scary to talk about. However, at Sober Life, we know even with all its stressors and injustices, life goes on, but you deserve the opportunity to build a life that is meaningful and fulfilling for you. Therefore, we have built a recovery space, where compassion, connection, and community are at the heart of our work.

Here in Downtown San Diego, we have dedicated ourselves to service-oriented and resilience-focused care to empower you to overcome obstacles and live your best life. Our recovery community in the Little Italy district is a casual and community-driven vibe where healing happens as you live. Rather than sheltering you from the real world, at Sober Life, we give you a supportive community where lived experiences are shared as tools of guidance and self-understanding for each other on your respective journeys to recovery.

Addressing the Importance of Tailored LGBTQ+ Treatment

It may be difficult to imagine yourself in recovery, especially when the stressors of LGBTQ+ stigma are still an ongoing part of your life. Moreover, many myths and misconceptions like the myth that mental health disorders and addiction are incurable can also be disheartening. However, recognizing that the roots of your behavioral health issues are linked to your distressing experiences is the first step toward dismantling self-stigma.

Through holistic care, long-term recovery is about understanding how the roots of your addiction and distress can give you tools to thrive in your life. However, the consequences of unaddressed addiction and mental health disorders can be devastating for you and your loved ones. The long-term consequences of trying to conceal or self-medicate your distress away only steal your right to fulfillment and life from you.

You have hopes and dreams that you deserve to explore. Seeking tailored LGBTQ+ treatment for addiction and mental health disorders is an opportunity for you to advocate for your right to a fulfilling future. While taking that first step toward support is scary, you are not alone. At Sober Life, we are here to support and guide you on your journey to recovery. We know the strength is in you to take that first step toward living your best life.

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