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LGBTQIA+ Pride Month: Building Bridges and Tearing Down Walls

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Inclusivity and Safety for All

Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ along with their allies observe Pride Month in June as a means to bring awareness to the struggles they’ve overcome and those that still persist, and to celebrate their community. Creative Care prioritizes inclusivity and safety for all and recognizes that traditional approaches to psychotherapy have often marked these individuals as outsiders or have rendered them invisible. In response, we have devised a strategy that incorporates all facets of a Client’s identity into their treatment. Our mission is to build bridges and tear down walls. We would like these individuals to know Creative Care is a safe place to seek treatment for co-occurring disorders


Some Statistics Concerning Co-Occurring Disorders

Studies show that individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ are 2.5 times more likely to experience mental health issues, including substance use disorders (SUDs), than cishet individuals. The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 38% of LGBTQIA+ adults reported marijuana use, compared to 16% of the overall adult population. Additionally, 9% reported heroin or prescription opioid misuse, compared to 4% of the overall adult population. Alcohol use disorder rates are also 20% higher in LGBTQIA+ adults than in the overall population. Finally, LGBTQIA+ individuals with SUDs are more likely to be suffering from co-occurring mental health disorders than their cishet peers.


LGBTQ+-Affirming Certified Therapy

A 2019 study by Felner et al examined substance use in LGBTQIA+ young adult with probable SUDs. Specifically, they explored how these individuals conceptualized their substance use in respect to their LGBTQIA+ identities. They found that “[p]articipants’ narratives highlighted processes related to minority stress” including specific LGBTQIA+ stressors such as self-stigma and expectations of rejection and interpersonal and structural discrimination. Unsurprisingly, then, a study by Senreich found that gay and bisexual men receiving LGBT specialized treatment for SUDs had more favorable results than gay and bisexual men in traditional programs. With this in mind, Creative Care counts LGBTQIA+-affirming certified therapists among our staff and includes LBBTQIA+ groups in our programming to better serve this community.


Be Heard, Be Nurtured, Be Healed

Since 1989, we have helped hundreds of clients overcome their co-occurring disorders with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Creative Care coordinates our services to treat each client holistically from admissions to aftercare.

Those services may include:

We work as a team to help you manage your symptoms and live a new life of happiness and fulfillment. If you or someone you love is struggling with co-occurring disorders, start the recovery process today by calling Creative Care at 855-954-0762.