RiverMend Health Centers is proud to be one of only a few addiction recovery centers in the nation to offer a safe, supportive and affirming environment for the LGBTQ communities. In addition to our comprehensive treatment programs for drug, alcohol abuse, and co-occurring mental health conditions, we offer an innovative addiction treatment program that centers around the unique needs of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and queer/questioning.
Who Should Participate?
Anyone who is looking at developing their identity in recovery and identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation, as well as those who may be struggling with questions regarding their gender exploration and how it relates to addiction. This is an optional group for those participating in the IOP or PHP programming at RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta.
What is the Goal for the Group?
The goal for this group is to help individuals grow into their identities of gender, sexuality, and recovery in a safe and supportive environment. This group will look at how societal discrimination and trauma caused by macro and microagressions are related to substance abuse in participants.
What is the Objective?
Each participant will attend group five times per week for five weeks. During these sessions, patients will look at where they are in the stages of sexual orientation and gender development and how it relates to development in identity related to being in recovery or being in active addiction. They will gain awareness of dynamics of different types of relationships and the how intimacy relates to addiction/recovery. Patients will also learn about the history of LGBTQ individuals and how advocacy continues to be a part of a healthy identity. In the final week of the group, patients will create their specific recovery care plans around self-care and how to continue to grow in all their identities.
Week One: Cultural Significance of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Week Two: Developing Relationships in Recovery and Identifying Types of Intimacy in Relationships
Week Three: Communication in Early Recovery and Working to Increase Trust in Family of Origin and Family of Choice
Week Four: Learning to Reduce Stigma and Finding Own Advocacy
Week Five: Identifying Growth In Identity- Who am I as a healthy LGBTQ person in recovery?