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In early recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction it is very necessary to surround oneself with a strong network of people who can be of support when it comes to staying clean and sober. Like-minded people who are going through the same thing, or have gone through it and emerged on the other side, are vital pillars to lean on in times of need, times of joy and all that comes in between.
Often family members and friends who don’t suffer from the disease of addiction may be unable to comprehend the variables of the situation. For example, when an addict has a craving to use, it’s not a moral failing or a lack of willpower and resolve. It is a symptom of a disease. Having someone to converse with who truly understands what that means is a powerful comfort. It can be reassuring to know that one is not alone in their fight against their addiction. Addicts and alcoholics share a common bond of a shared experience of profound suffering. This allows for empathy and compassion among them. The fellowship and camaraderie between them can provide both a shoulder for support and a sympathetic ear to listen in troubled times, or a smile to laugh with in times of happiness.
Many addicts will be coming out of an isolated lifestyle of alienation. Human interaction and companionship is an important part of recovery. Oftentimes, following a stay in an inpatient facility, addicts and alcoholics will be unwilling to consider sober housing. They can be over-eager to return to their ordinary routines and familiar environment. Unfortunately, this decision frequently leads into reverting back to old behaviors and eventually relapse. As they say, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” Nine times out of ten success in recovery depends on how willing someone is to make drastic changes in their patterns of living.
Sober housing is a specified environment where growth and recovery can be a palpable environment conducive to positive changes. As clients begin to reintegrate into a steady pace of life, sober house mates help each other out by: collectively taking care of housekeeping, getting to and from 12 step meetings, and finding employment. An experienced house manager takes on a role of leadership and supervision. Safety and well-being is a common concern for all. All the house members are accountable for their behaviors and actions. Everyone helps each other to stay focused on short-term and long-term goals. And, of course, sobriety and continuing recovery are always the top priorities.
Inspire has accommodations to offer that are friendly to the LGBTQ community. Our housing staff works with our clients when they arrive to find the living situation which will be most comfortable for each individual. There are several attractive options that all include a full kitchen, on-site washer and dryer for laundry and close proximity to grocery stores and 12-Step meeting locations. Often, housemates will forge lasting bonds with each other that last—and, in recovery, the more people you have in your corner providing support, the better. In fact, peer support and community are important parts of any individual’s recovery path. At Inspire, we hope to strengthen peer relations by providing reliable house managers, transportation to a variety of 12 step meetings, organizing outings for clients on the weekends, and being present with any dynamics that need to be addressed.
Inspire Recovery is available to assist clients in finding safe housing while they are in our program. We are here to help you through every step of your transition back into your fulfilling productive lives.
Treatment programs and therapies are based on the number of hours clients need to support their recovery.
Inspire Recovery LGBTQ provides care for individuals who are transitioning from a 24-hour structured therapeutic environment center to a halfway house.
Our Day/Night treatment program invites clients to focus on their recovery in a supportive environment that promotes creative self-expression and helps to foster a realistic mindset in the transition from addiction to sober living. Day/Night Treatment Programs are also referred to as Partial Hospitalization Programs, or PHP.
For our Day/Night Treatment Program, clients travel to Inspire Recovery five days each week, a minimum of six hours of daily group therapy and one individual therapy session for an hour each week. Some of the topics that are given extra attention are: trauma, grief and loss and inner child work. Focus is directed towards addressing underlying root issues, as well as learning about healthier ways to move forward and maintain sobriety.
We provide transportation for our clients, as well as a lunch and snacks that are prepared with attention to client’s preferences in accordance with our intentions to provide healthy snacks to inspire better life.
Intensive Outpatient at Inspire Recovery LGBTQ is at least 9 hours of counseling per week, usually broken up into 3 days for 3 hour sessions.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) includes group therapy, individual therapy, Emotion Regulation therapy, meditation, nutrition health coaching, relapse prevention and creative expression groups. Our curriculum creates space to discuss paths for a bright future. Our aim is to nurture the ideas and the skills needed to succeed in the world. Clients are provided with healthy snacks and beverages during their time at Inspire and transportation is also provided to and from your residence.
Focus is to assist clients in implementing of healthy hoping skills to prevent relapse and to instill more positive belief systems which enhance their quality of life. This includes discussions on how to balance in life and live rather than exist. Our aim is to inspire a better life in our clients, through a clean vision for their working path, relationship with their 12 Step program and the meetings that they attend outside of Inspire Recovery.
IOP clients have transportation provided for them, as well as beverages and snacks that are prepared with attention to client’s preferences in accordance with our intentions to provide healthy snacks to inspire better life.
Outpatient treatment program provides weekly therapy, scheduled hours are after 3pm Monday through Friday for one hour per week.
Outpatient treatment is designed to be convenient enough to work around your schedule whether living at home or in a halfway house.
Transition from IOP to OP occurs in two steps:
1. OP Phase 1 includes two groups and one individual session per week
2. OP Phase 2 includes one individual session
The duration of time that individuals spend attending an outpatient treatment is based on the clinical needs of our clients. An assessment of how clients are working and providing for themselves, as well as maintaining their sobriety are contributing factors to their transition from IOP to an OP program. How clients are implementing the skills they learned in IOP and through their 12 Steps program are also contributing factors to transitioning into a once a week therapy session to support individuals as they move further on their path in recovery.
Once Inspire Recovery LGBTQ clients have completed all levels of care, they are welcome to attend a weekly group session for an hour with our Alumni Program. The goal of our Aftercare Alumni Program is to support the people we have been providing care for surrounding issues that can arise when clients transition from regular therapy and group sessions to working and providing for themselves more directly. Our Aftercare program also includes opportunities for individuals to use resources to look for work, get support on their resume, practice being interviewed as well as any support around relapse prevention that we can offer.
Inspire Recovery LGBTQ takes a creative approach in the treatment of substance use. Our program is designed to enrich the emotional health and well being of our clients while focusing on topics related to the experiences of LGBTQ addicts and alcoholics. In addition to evidence-based therapies, we provide art-based groups, wellness groups, and a life skills program to prepare clients for independent living.
At Inspire Recovery, we know that sexual orientation and gender identity are a core part of an individual and the ways in which a person feels accepted, appreciated and understood. Our team is trained in LGBTQ cultural competency and many of our staff are LGBTQ. These two components are instrumental in our ability to fulfill our mission to provide the best possible care for the underserved population that the LGBTQ community stands to be. As the 2nd LGBTQ-focused treatment center in the country, we know we can not treat every LGBTQ person who needs and wants treatment. This is why our outreach team has provided free LGBTQ Cultural Awareness Within Substance Treatment training for hundreds of clinicians. To find out more about bringing a training to your facility click here.
A Brief Look at LGBTQ Terminology
LGBTQ is the initialism that represents the worldwide community that is inclusive to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals. It is a term of pride for persons of all non-hetero sexual orientations and varying gender identities.
Previous to the sexual revolution that took place among other social movements in the 1960’s there were few expressions to describe the LGBTQ population that was non-derogatory. Since that time the vocabulary has been fittingly expanded. In the evolution of the language the term, “gay,” wasn’t extensively used until the following decade in the 1970’s. The term, “queer,” which was originally used as a descriptor carrying a negative connotation, began to be reclaimed by non-hetero groups in the late 1980’s. It’s now commonly used as an umbrella word that applies to all sexual and gender minorities. The term “queer” is purposefully ambiguous for some who seek to remove the stress and gravity typically imposed upon issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Identifying oneself as queer has become very empowering, especially.
Queer is now commonly used as an umbrella word that applies to all sexual and gender minorities. The term “queer” is purposefully ambiguous for some who seek to remove the stress and gravity typically imposed upon issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Identifying oneself as queer has become very empowering, especially for a younger generation of proud individuals a part of the LGBTQ community. At Inspire Recovery we support our clients in being true to themselves and hope that our center is a safe space for them to grow in their pride, as well as, in their recovery. We are committed to the long-term recovery of the LGBTQ community, to find out more on how we are working to achieve that please call us today to set up a tour of our facility.
The letter Q in LGBTQ is also used to represent a “questioning” identity. As certain milestones have been achieved and sexuality has become less of a fixed and static concept many will refer to themselves as, “questioning,” as they are in the process of exploring the nature of their own particular individual sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Even before any individual has had any sexual activity they can have a sense that their identity does not match the societal norms that are expected of all babies when they are born.
From the moment the doctor says “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” is the exact moment the parental preconceived notions of how that child will look, act and whom they will date are formed. In truth, many people have known from as young as three-years-old that their gender does not match their biological sex assigned to them at birth. Gender is formed in our minds between 3-5, and depending on how supportive a child’s parents of, the accepting or rejecting response of parents can also be the starting point of a child’s ability to feel accepted, appreciated and understood.
Other emerging terms include, “pansexual,” one who finds themselves attracted to partners of any and all genders, gender identities and sexual orientations. Those these terms are new, the people who relate and live by these notions are not. Every aspect of the LGBTQ community has been around through the ages of civilizations from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and into modern times. What is new is the majority of individuals that do not want to live their existence in the closet. Most LGBTQ people want to be out and proud. The elements that create barriers to do so are those who are homophobic, transphobic or otherwise committed to the constructs of a heterosexist society. A society that favors heterosexual lifestyle above all others. There are laws in every state to support heterosexism, and while progress towards equality has been made, we must continue on the path for full rights of all LGBTQ people across the entire United States.
An “ally,” refers to someone who may not be LGBTQ, but is an advocate and supporter for the rights and respect of the LGBTQ community. Thankfully, as the vocabulary and conversation expand the subject is continuously becoming more acceptable, accessible and less taboo. The borders separating LGBTQ and the dated paradigm of “heterosexual-normative” are dissolving. Using the word, “normal,” to describe a heterosexual person is losing its validity and meaning. The current direction is moving towards embracing the diversity of individuals and appreciating our differences. May those who face challenges in life due to their gender or sexuality find a positive community to love them for who they are!