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Treatment Considerations for LGBTQ+ People who use Substances

Substance Use Disorder affects the LGBTQ community at a higher rate than the general population. Unique challenges like stigma, shame, and lack of support can impede access to treatment. As a service provider, it's important to create a welcoming and accepting environment, reduce stigma, and tailor treatments to the needs of LGBTQ individuals. Abstinence based recovery may be the key for some, where harm-reduction strategies may be more appropriate for others. By providing culturally competent treatment, we increase our clients’ chances of achieving lasting recovery.

  • Educate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals with SUD
  • Describe effective methods for treating and connecting with LGBTQ+ clients
  • Learn to provide effective and culturally competent treatment to the LGBTQ+ population

June 13, 2024
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