La Fuente Treatment Center has been in the forefront working with LGBT individuals, their families and loved ones struggling with addiction since 2005 providing gay drug rehab in Los Angeles. The Center’s origin evolved from La Fuente A Sober Community, which earned an enduring reputation for successfully supporting those with addiction through the transition from treatment to community living.
La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center has become one of the nation’s leading gay drug rehab and treatment programs with vast experience applying effective treatment interventions that are specific to the issues of LGBT individuals.
LGBT 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 LGBT community. High-risk behaviors associated with many of these drugs can cause even greater shame, increase health risks and perpetuate use.
La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, in addition to being experts in the issues and treatment of LGBT individuals, also is the only gay drug rehab program in the Greater Los Angeles area that has spent over a decade developing and providing the immediate community integration and introduction necessary for long-term recovery.
The Center for Substance Abuse Treatments, a Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2003) reports that 20 to 25 percent of LGBT individuals are more likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol that lead to the development of problems with addiction, when compared to the 3-10 percent of the heterosexual populace.
“As a minority group, gays, lesbians and bisexuals are victims of systematic and ongoing oppression,” says Soulforce, a political organization that advocates against the oppression of LGBT people by religious institutions. “It can lead to feelings of alienation, low self-esteem, self-destructive behaviors, and substance abuse.”
According to The Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) report, “Healthcare Equality Index, 2011,” LGBT people often decline to seek healthcare in times of need, out of fear of discrimination and poor treatment by healthcare professionals.
A study published by SAMHSA in 2011 found that lesbians are significantly more likely than heterosexual women to drink alcohol heavily. Another study published in 2004 from the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services noted the incidence of substance abuse among lesbians is far higher than their heterosexual peers.
Detroit Free Press, “Study Ask Why Lesbians Are Drinking So Much” written by: Staff writer Jerry Carino: email@example.com. June 19, 2015:
“I have worked with women who were dealing with coming to terms with being a lesbian,” she wrote in an email. “Many of these women had been married and some had children. As these women explored the lesbian community, for some, their consumption of alcohol increased.
Clinical social worker Carolyn Bradley, an associate professor of social work at Monmouth University, with 30 years experience in addiction recovery services writes:
“An additional explanation may be found in the social culture of the lesbian community, which still is centered heavily in the gay bars despite the growth of LGBT community centers offering alternative, nonalcohol centered social experiences.”
Bradley’s experience has shown that for lesbian and bisexual women, the alcohol problem may be temporary — and triggered by the stress of the coming out process.
“For a certain percentage, due to other factors such as a … family history of alcoholism, the problem may be long term in nature,” Bradley said.
The CDC reports that alcohol and drug use among some men who have sex with men (MSM) can be a reaction to homophobia, discrimination, or violence they experienced due to their sexual orientation and can contribute to other mental health problems.
Substance abuse is associated with a wide-range of mental health and physical problems. It can disrupt relationships, employment, and threaten financial stability.
Alcohol and illegal drug use in some gay and bisexual men also contributes to increased risk for HIV infection and other STDs, especially methamphetamines, amyl nitrates (poppers) and drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. Individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol may increase their risk for HIV transmission by engaging in risky sexual behaviors or through sharing needles or other injection equipment. La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center is committed to helping men facing drug addiction with gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
Gay Men & Crystal Meth
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NIH reports that methamphetamine (also know as crystal meth) abuse is associated with a culture of risky sexual behavior, both among men who have sex with men and in heterosexual populations, a link that may be attributed to the fact that methamphetamine and related stimulants can increase libido. (Although paradoxically, long-term methamphetamine abuse may be associated with decreased sexual functioning, at least in men.)
The combination of injection practices and sexual risk-taking may result in HIV becoming a greater problem among methamphetamine abusers than among other drug abusers, and some epidemiologic reports are already showing this trend. For example, while the link between HIV infection and methamphetamine abuse has not yet been established for heterosexuals, data show an association between methamphetamine abuse and the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men.
Crystal meth forces the brain to release abnormal high levels of the feel good chemical known as dopamine. Users experience increased energy, prolonged sexual performance and suppressed appetite. We are committed to providing methamphetamine treatment through our gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
Bisexual Men and Women
A report on Bisexual Health by The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that out of the top ten health issues affecting the bisexual community, substance use and Alcohol abuse are tops on the list.
Bisexual women report the highest rates of alcohol use, heavy drinking, and alcohol-related problems compared to heterosexual and lesbian women.
Other key health issues include high risk sexual behavior in relation to the combination of substance abuse and alcohol use and sex. Depression, anxiety, and lack of social support makes bisexual individuals the lowest emotionally well-being group of any sexual orientation groups, which lead to higher levels of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts than heterosexuals, gay men, and lesbians. La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center provides lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
La Fuente understands that the treatment of drugs and alcohol addictions in transgender men and women begins with understanding the humanity and journey of people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. We support the inclusion of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals who struggle with addiction and recognize that addiction rates in these groups are much higher than the general population. La Fuente provides transgender and gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
The QIA in LGBTQIA
Anyone who chooses to identify as such. This can include, but is not limited to, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual people. Not all the people in the above subcategories I.D. as queer, and many people NOT in the above groups DO. This term has different meanings to different people. Some still find it offensive, while others reclaim it to encompass the broader sense of history of the gay rights movement. Can also be used as an umbrella term like LGBT, as in “the queer community.” Some transgender people express concern that “queer” only applies to sexual orientation. Our treatment program provides lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
Questioning refers to individuals who are exploring their sexual identity. Questioning means someone who is figuring out their gender identity and figuring out how they want to identify their sexual orientation.
People who naturally (that is, without any medical intervention) develop primary or secondary sex characteristics that do not fit neatly into society’s definitions of male or female. Many visibly Intersex people are mutilated in infancy and early childhood by doctors to make the individual’s sex characteristics conform to society’s idea of what normal bodies should look like. Intersex people are relatively common, although the society’s denial of their existence has allowed very little room for intersex issues to be discussed publicly. Hermaphrodite is an outdated and inaccurate term that has been used to describe intersex people in the past. La Fuente provides intersex, asexual and gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
A sexual orientation generally characterized by not feeling sexual attraction or a desire for partnered sexuality. Asexuality is distinct from celibacy, which is the deliberate abstention from sexual activity. Some asexual people do have sex. There are many diverse ways of being asexual. We provide intersex, asexual and gay drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA.
A person who confronts heterosexism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexual privilege in themselves and others out of self-interest and a concern for the well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual people and believes that dismantling heterosexism, biphobia, transphobia and genderism/cis-sexism is a social justice issue.