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LGBTQ - Affirming Addiction Treatment at Caron

Safe, compassionate, accepting treatment forms the core of Caron’s programming for LGBTQ adults.

If you are someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) and believe you need treatment for addiction, Caron is the place for you.

We recognize that many LGBTQ adults do not receive treatment for their addiction out of fear of being stigmatized or worried that their health care provider does not understand their specific health care needs.

We do understand. You are safe with Caron.

At Caron, we can help you build a treatment program that meets your needs.

LGBTQ-Specific Care

Caron’s treatment approach for individuals who identify as LGBTQ is to focus not just on the addiction but on the whole person. Our specialized care for LGBTQ people includes these components:

  • One-on-one counseling with compassionate care in a safe space.
  • Pride Group is a regular group therapy session that provides a place for LGBTQ patients to discuss:
    • Coming out
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Internalized homophobia
    • Relationships
    • Sexual abuse
    • Shame
  • Monthly support luncheons with LGBTQ staff and other members of the Pride Group offer a chance to bond and talk over a meal in a private dining area in the Caron café. All Pride Group members are welcome to attend.
  • LGBTQ retreats address recovery-related topics specific to the LGBTQ community and sexual/gender identity. Partners who are also in recovery are welcome to attend.
  • 12-Step off-campus LGBTQ support groups offer another level of support.
  • Empathetic, knowledgeable, well-trained staff ensures that Caron’s LGBTQ patients are accepted and understood.
  • Resources and information are available to help patients find LGBTQ-specific aftercare.
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Treatment Culture

Caron’s understanding of and care for those with addiction is backed by 60 years of experience. We bring that same experience to those in the LGBTQ community by providing a safe, open, and affirming environment where you can focus on healing and recovery.

Issues that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community are addressed in treatment by a team of experts, including those with a specialty focus on human sexuality.

Trauma: Many people who identify as LGBTQ live with the after-effects of trauma, whether because of family rejection, sexual abuse/trauma, bullying, violence, or something else. Additionally, sex workers, particularly those who are gender non-conforming, have often been traumatized because of sexual violence and/or assault.

That trauma can leave the person who experienced it feeling powerless, fearful, hopeless, and in a state of hyperanxiety. The person may feel out of control or dehumanized.

Helping people face and heal from trauma is part of what our therapists do every day. We can provide that same support and care for you. Learn more about trauma and how we treat it.

HIV/AIDS: If you are living with HIV/AIDS, it’s likely you have encountered additional levels of stigma and discrimination, which can make fighting addiction even harder. Caron’s treatment approach includes acknowledging and discussing what it means to live with HIV/AIDS and healthy ways that can be done, primarily through our on-campus PRIDE groups and quarterly LGBTQ retreats. We also make HIV/AIDS testing available for those who need it.

Sex and addiction: Drug addiction may lead to compulsive sexual behavior. For some, the two become intertwined and lead to feelings of shame. If that is a part of what you are dealing with, we can help. Caron’s therapists are equipped to work with you to create a healthy and positive attitude toward sexuality.

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