The LGBTQ+ Track
Treatment with Pride
The LGBTQ+ community struggles with mental health and substance use disorders at alarmingly high rates. Studies show LGBTQ+ adults are more than twice as likely to suffer from mental health conditions than heterosexual, cisgender adults. This is especially true for mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.
Providing treatment programming that is in full alignment with the unique needs of this population is essential. At High Focus Centers, our approach focuses on helping LGBTQ+ patients develop strategies to embrace their identity, empower themselves, and find acceptance.
Our LGBTQ+ focused track offers a rich curriculum designed to help address common issues that members of the LGBTQ+ community face. We can help individuals who are struggling with mental health disorders, substance abuse, or a combination of both develop healthy and lifelong recovery-based skills.
The LGBTQ+ track offers an affirming environment at High Focus Centers. It focuses on helping members of the community:
- Identify their authentic self
- Find community
- Promote advocacy & empowerment
- Build healthy relationships
- Address trauma
The skills developed through the LGBTQ+ program provide a framework for mental health and substance abuse recovery.
How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect The LGBTQ+ Community?
Members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience mental health conditions than their heterosexual peers. They are at an increased risk for experiencing discrimination, shame, fear, and traumatic events.
LGBTQ+ people often face adversity resulting from their sexual orientation or gender identity. This can include coming out to family and friends, facing rejection, and experiencing trauma from bullying and hate crimes. As a result, LGBTQ+ struggle with increased rates of mental health disorders and substance abuse:
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults are almost twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a substance abuse disorder.
- Transgender people are nearly four times as likely to experience a substance abuse disorder than cisgender individuals.
- LGBTQ+ individuals are three times as likely to experience a mental health disorder in comparison to heterosexual individuals.
- LGBTQ+ teens are around six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than their heterosexual, cisgender peers.
Finding help can be a challenge for LGBTQ+ individuals. Past experiences and current social stigmas may prevent members of the LGBTQ+ community from seeking help. The LGBTQ+ track at High Focus Centers offers a welcoming, safe environment for recovery and personal growth.
High Focus Centers offers programs custom tailored to address the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. We offer adult psychiatric services and co-occurring disorder services at our Cherry Hill, NJ location. Both adult psychiatric and adolescent psychiatric services are available at our Paramus, NJ location. Contact us to learn more about our LGBTQ+ program .