Drug and alcohol use does not discriminate. Gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, heterosexual, religious and non-religious people have issues with substance use. Research conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's Center for Substance Abuse (SAMHSA's) showed that Gay and LGBT individuals were more likely to have substance use problems than heterosexual individuals. Studies further showed that only 7 percent of treatment facilities in the United States have drug and alcohol rehab programs suitable for gay and LGBT individuals.
Most of the programs available are influenced by 12 step programs. 12 step programs promote the idea that drug and alcohol use is a disease. 12 step programs also believe that alcohol and drug use problems are genetically predetermined and that there is no cure. 12 step programs also support that success is measured by abstinence. 12 Step programs are based on a fundamentalist Christian religion and surrendering to a higher power is required. Support group meetings area required component to 12 step programs. Participants are required to openly share their stories, experiences, thoughts and progress.
It is currently not determined how much increased awareness counselors have for working with gay and LGBT individuals. A lack of drug and alcohol rehab programs that are gay and LGBT friendly result in many people from this population dropping out of programs and not getting the help they need. Unfortunately, the success rate for 12 step programs is low as as many as 95% of people drop out of the program by the end of one year. 12 step programs usually have a separate alcohol and drug rehab program for gay and LGBT persons.
Gay and LGBT people may seek treatment options in Methadone clinics. However even Methadone clinics do not offer treatment programs or support programs that are tailored to meet the needs of gay and LGBT individuals. In order for treatment to be appropriate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender it must be able to address the issues specific to this population.
Cognitive Behavioral Learning is another form of alcohol and drug use help for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. Behavioral Education does not support the idea that drug and alcohol abuse is a disease, nor does it consider it a genetic defect. Behavioral Education sees drug and alcohol use as a choice that the individual makes. Once you make a different choice, then reinforce it with different thoughts and behaviors, newhabits are formed, and the cycle of habitual substance use is broken and you are free.
Unlike 12 step programs and methadone clinics, Behavioral Education does not recognize group therapy and does not see the effectiveness. Cognitive Behavioral Learning has an opportunity to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. Emphasis of the program is placed on helping people identify personal areas they want to change. And it helps them to change the way they think therebyreinforcing new choices and behavior with new habits. As a result gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals become drug and alcohol free and once again in control of their own lives.
St. Jude Retreats offers a non-treatment program that can help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals overcome alcohol and drug use problems and move past their current situations. St. Jude Retreats promotes equal opportunity and helps people to recognize that they have the power within them to change. You can overcome substance and get the support you need at St Jude's. Call St. Jude Retreats today for more information.