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Addiction Treatment for Gay Men and Women in a Gay Drug Rehab

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I recently received a call from a man who was interested in locating a gay drug rehab. He and his partner were planning a wedding and thought it would be a good idea to get clean and sober before going any further with their lives. After a few weeks in a gay drug rehab and, they agreed that the work they accomplished benefited them as a couple and as individuals. They felt ready to begin the next chapter in their lives.

I offer this example because it is so different from what I usually see. In my intervention work I have found-intensive outpatient program georgetown--whether they are lesbian, gay, or straight---that very few people in a relationship with a drug addiction or alcohol addiction seek addiction treatment prior to getting married. Most continue with their drug addiction and alcoholism in denial and hoping things will get better. Needless to say, things rarely get better as drug addiction or alcoholism becomes more progressive.

It is difficult to move forward in any relationship when drug addiction or alcoholism are present as communication begins to break down, drug use becomes the priority and depression, anger and resentment are all commonplace.

What to look for in a gay drug rehab and intensive outpatient program Georgetown:

The most important qualities in a gay drug rehab or gay addiction treatment center are found in having a staff that is sensitive to the needs of the gay / lesbian population (non-homophobic ), a staff trained clinically in how to best address their particular needs and a comprehensive family recovery program. Due to the fact that there is so much anger and shame within the family unit a drug rehab or gay drug rehab needs needs to have a strong family component. The family therapist needs to be skilled to keep addiction treatment from dissolving into the same kind of communication the couple has at home.

The issue of whether to seek a lesbian/gay drug rehab, alcohol rehab or addiction treatment program is something for each couple to decide. There are many gay drug rehabs and drug rehabs with gay components to choose from, but it is important for you and your partner to do your homework. Ask questions of each drug rehab or gay drug rehab regarding staff credentials, licenses and the problems they are equipped to handle.

While many of the problematic dynamics that exist between lesbian and gay male couples are not significantly different from their heterosexual counterparts, the issues can be quite unique. A few of these are:

  1. internal and external homophobia.
  1. child custody
  1. coming out
  1. family issues
  1. sexuality

You also have a different version of inpatient addiction rehab available which is called a sober living home; in here you can live with other people going through addiction rehab in a safe environment without the heavy scheduling of a regular inpatient facility.

Finding the Right Inpatient Drug Rehab Facilities:

Although every rehab center provides a set of facilities to deal with addictions, each differs on their treatment regimen, philosophy and amenities. It is extremely crucial that you find one with a combination of these which best suit your requirements.

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