The stream of possibility for recovery is rich with opportunities to enhance substance abuse treatment services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning clients. Areas to cultivate include staff sensitivity and knowledge, assessments, treatment facilities and modalities, and discharge/aftercare procedures.
This is the second of three Addiction Messenger issues that feature information drawn from the curriculum, “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals”. This issue discusses clinical principles and practices involved in providing LGBTQ-affirmative services.
Providers and programs that are LGBTQ-affirmative actively promote feelings of self-acceptance and empowerment around LGBTQ identity as a key part of recovery. They affirm LGBTQ individuals’ sexual orientation, gender identity, and choices; validate their values and beliefs; and acknowledge that sexual orientation develops at an early age.