Alcohol and Drug Treatment for Specific Populations
It is generally acknowledged that alcohol and drug treatment is more effective when the client works on recovery in the association of peers, who are more likely to understand the underlying emotional issues that lead to addiction. Adolescents, for example, are dealing with social pressures and identity issues that differ from those of a surgeon or a CEO. Alcohol has a different effect on females than it does on males. Veterans understand each other in ways that those of us who have never been in combat cannot.
For this reason, there are a great many alcohol and drug treatment programs that specialize in helping a particular clientele, including specific cultural, ethnic and age groups. For instance, AAIR (Access to American Indian Recovery) is a program developed to serve the recovery needs of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. AAIR uses tribal, cultural and spiritual traditions such as drum circles, storytelling and sweat lodges to aid in the recovery of native peoples.
Alcohol and Drug Treatment for the GLBT Community
Members of the GLBT community have a relatively high risk of addictive behaviors. This is largely due to the stressors involved in coming to terms with sexual identity and dealing with the reactions others have to that identity. A club culture that encourages alcoholic consumption and the use of “party drugs” is also a factor.
There are many treatment facilities that either work with a GLBT clientele exclusively or have a GLBT track within a larger community. Recovery is a difficult process under any circumstances, but it can be made easier when you are working with people who need no explanation about basic issues you all have in common. You can use the link on our home page under “Programs by Client Type” to find gay-friendly facilities.