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In addition to specializing in a variety of outpatient programs, Westwind Recovery also offers one of the strongest LGBTQ  programs available. Services include weekly groups as well as weekly LGBTQ-specific and Twelve Step meetings with access to a local LGBTQ resource center to assist with treatment links and services following residential care.

 

With the burgeoning threat of Chemsex drugs like Crystal Methamphetamine, crystal methamphetamine (aka crystal, meth, Tina), GHB (aka G), and mephedrone, Westwind has taken its place on the frontlines of the war to reclaim our loved ones from the brink of despair and offer them solutions that not only improve the quality of their lives, but also foster enduring bridges toward real intimacy.

 

Westwind Recovery also offers LGBTQ-integrative programming for co-occurring mental health and trauma issues, addressing specialized issues by creating an environment that supports healing in a predominantly heterosexual milieu. In this way, LGBTQ clients are given a new experience of acceptance and validation; one that is imperative to successful long-term recovery.

LGBTQ Substance Abuse Treatment

When compared with heterosexual and cisgender individuals, LGBTQ individuals have been found to suffer significantly higher incidences of stressful childhood experiences, school victimization, neighborhood-level hate crimes, and family conflict; each of these stressors has been found to correlate significantly with increased substance abuse.
co-occurring mental disorder statistics

Treatment-seeking LGBTQ individuals also display significantly higher rates of mental illness than do non-LGBTQ individuals. Transgender men and women are more than twice as likely to have a diagnosis of mental illness as cisgender men or women. A  2014 study of LGBTQ individuals seeking treatment at Westwind Recovery found that 92% of LGBTQ patients were diagnosed with a co-occurring Axis disorder, as compared to 78% of non-LGBTQ patients. Further analysis showed that LGBTQ patients were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with depressive and anxiety disorders. These results are consistent with other studies that have determined that LGBTQ individuals are 2-3 times more likely than heterosexual individuals to report suicidal ideation or attempts.

Treatment Factors for LGBTQ Patients

Comparisons of treatment-seeking rates between LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ individuals have determined that LGBTQ individuals seek treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders at a significantly higher rate than heterosexual individuals. Despite this, there are surprisingly few programs specifically geared toward treating LGBTQ patients.

The Westwind  Recovery LGBTQ Program

It is not enough to be LGBTQ specific. Rise LA Recovery is forward-thinking and constantly evolving as we challenge ourselves to stay on the cutting-edge of substance abuse and mental health treatment within the LGBTQ community.

We look at what’s relevant to our population, what needs and pain points are present, and how we can marry our services and unique core competencies to meet those needs.

LGBTQ individuals have spent most of their lives trying to fit in and conform to sexual/gender ideas and constructs that do not match how they see themselves in the world. For most, this has created alienation, isolation as well as discrimination.

Methamphetamine, cocaine, party drugs (GHB, ecstasy, ketamine), alcohol and prescription medications are heavily abused in the LGBTQ community. High-risk behaviors associated with many of these drugs can cause even greater shame, increase health risks and perpetuate use.

Westwind Recovery specializes in LGBTQ substance abuse treatment within a residential treatment environment and a variety of outpatient programs. Services include weekly groups, as well as weekly LGBTQ-specific and Twelve Step meetings and access to a local LGBTQ resource center to assist with treatment links and services following residential care.

Treatment curriculum addresses coping with coming out, confusion around sexual orientation and gender identity, internalized homophobia, societal stigma and discrimination, HIV/AIDS, death and dying, same-sex relationship dynamics, homophobia and heterosexism, the fusion of drugs and sex, and healthy sexuality.

Westwind Recovery also offers LGBTQ-integrative programming for co-occurring mental health and trauma issues, which addresses specialized issues by creating an environment that supports healing in a predominantly heterosexual milieu. In this way, LGBTQ clients are given a new experience of acceptance and validation, one that seems imperative to successful recovery.