American Addiction Centers’ LGBT Specialty Group

It’s been estimated that 20 percent to 30 percent of gay and transgender people abuse substances, compared to about 9 percent of the general population. [1] Some contributing factors to this statistic include: stress due to the stigmas attached to sexuality; drugs used as coping mechanisms in the face of discrimination; education; and lack of equal healthcare options in substance abuse treatment. [2]

I’m proud to say that American Addiction Centers believes in providing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals with a specialty group focused specifically on issues faced within this population.

At Forterus’ Murrieta campus, clients who choose to attend the LGBT group will gain a supportive network of peers, as well as supportive staff that can assist them in their recovery needs, in addition to traditional addiction and recovery programming.

They will attend monthly meetings at the San Diego LGBT Center, where they will interact with the LGBT community.

Topics covered (in addition to drug and alcohol addiction):

  • Sexual Identity: embracing their identity
  • Depression/Anxiety/Co Occurring Disorders
  • Impulsivity
  • Social interaction
  • Overcoming every day challenges
  • Community integration

Call us today if you or a loved one is in need of LGBT-friendly support and treatment.


[1] SAMSHA (2010)

[2] American Progress

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