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Healing, Strengthening, and Advancing the Lives of LGBTQ People Seeking Recovery

lgbtq addiction therapy programsAddiction comes in many forms, and each person experiences addiction in their own way. Whether alcohol or party drugs, what began as recreational use often becomes a substance dependency. Additionally, addiction can arise from self-medicating, as mental illness disorders such as depression or anxiety provoke habitual substance abuse. In most cases, a combination of addiction and mental health issues co-occur and require specialized addiction treatment.

At La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, we have over a decade of experience treating addiction in LGBTQ individuals. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, reach out now at 888.903.9898 or contact us online.

What is Addiction?

Put simply, addiction is when a person becomes physically or psychologically dependent on a substance and cannot function without that substance. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it is referred to as substance use disorder (SUD), making it a legitimate mental illness. In the most extreme cases, individuals cannot stop themselves from using the substance, even if they know it will lead to negative consequences.

The Progression of Addiction

The stages of addiction have been described as anything for four stages to seven stages, but all descriptions share the same basic progression. This example uses alcohol, but the progression is the same for most substance use disorders:


The individual is exposed to alcohol, and the opportunity to try it – perhaps peer pressure from friends or an episode of depression or anxiety entices them to drink.

Experimentation and Recreational Use

The person begins to look for other situations where they can drink – perhaps alone when upset or socially with friends or coworkers.

Regular Use

At this point, drinking has become a behavior, almost like a ritual, and the person would miss it or feel conflicted if they could not drink. For example, they always have beers on the weekend with friends or have a few glasses of wine every night after work. While not necessarily addicted at this point, there are most likely signs of a developing problem, such as occasionally showing up to work hungover.

Risky Use and Behavior

The individual has a problem, and they probably know it, as do their friends, family, and coworkers. At this point, their drinking is damaging the relationships in their life. They are neglecting obligations or behaving in embarrassing ways. Poor decisions, denial of the problem, and shame can manifest and lead to even more risky behaviors like habitually driving drunk, supervising children while intoxicated, or regularly missing work.

Dependence and Addiction

The individual knows they have a problem, and so does everyone close to them. They must have alcohol, and they experience negative mood and behavior changes when they cannot. They may hide alcohol from friends and family or steal it and even spend money on alcohol instead of necessities like rent and food. They must have alcohol to function, and they are compelled to obtain it by almost any means. At this point, they can most likely only be helped by a professional treatment center.

What Is Therapy?

At the point of dependency and addiction, a person will almost certainly require professional rehab and drug treatment. After detox, the goal is to give the individual tools to aid them in resisting temptation, changing behaviors, and avoiding relapse. This is accomplished through various types of therapies that have been tested and proven effective in achieving this end. The multiple approaches range from cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy – which emphasizes understanding emotions and patterns of thinking, which then allow changes to behavior – to yoga and meditation.

Common Therapies

Some of the most common, effective, and prove therapies in the treatment of substance abuse include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • 12-step program

Seek Out Therapy for Addiction and Mental Health at La Fuente

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction in the Greater Los Angeles area, reach out now to La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center at 888.903.9898 or contact us online.